Jake Pantone wrote a review of Scarpa Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot on October 26, 2012
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
So just did my first tour in my new RS. I must say that they are everything I thought they would be when I put them on the first time in the store. What impresses me most is that out of the box these things fit better than my last 2 touring boots did after lots of pain and suffering and money to get them dialed.
On the up they are like about any other high end touring boot, but noticeably quieter than my Titans which tended to squeak. Heel pocket is good and no blisters developed.
On the down they were plenty stiff for my 165lb when geared up self. I think the standout quality of the RS is the nice progressive flex. Doesn't feel like a cast when you lock them down.
Anyway, with only one good tour in them I am pretty happy. Might be able to upgrade to 5 star status after more days in them.