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Scarpa Gea RS Alpine Touring Boot - Women's

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    You go up to go down, after all.

    Back in the days when phone had cords and computers made death noises when they connected to the internet, you couldn't have a backcountry ski boot that charged like a full-on alpine boot. Times change, though, and now that you're connected everywhere you go, you might as well also enjoy the all-in-one freeride and touring performance of the Scarpa Gea RS Women's Alpine Touring Boot. With an rugged 120 flex, stiff polyamide shell, burly power strap, and Evo V-Frame cuff, the RS charges steep lines, big faces, and deep pow as hard as you want to, but still crushes the skin track with a 37° range of cuff motion that'd you'd expect to find in a softer boot. It also weighs barely three pounds, so your hip flexors won't be screaming in pain if you have to skin more than a few miles to get to your line. 

    Scarpa hooked the Gea up with it's brand-spanking-new Mirage Pro ski/walk mode, which locks the shell securely to the cuff with two metal pins for bombproof downhill performance and makes it easier to switch between ski and walk modes. It also gave it a stiff Pebax Axial Alpine tongue, which hinges at the toe and actually pivots sideways away from the shell, letting you get your boot on and off easily as well as providing a smooth, progressive flex that eliminates dead spots and stiff zones. It also allows the oversized Zeus buckles and instep-locking Predator HRS strap to securely wrap around your foot, eliminating sloppy fits and uncomfortable pressure points. The Gea comes with a stiff heat-moldable Intuition Pro Flex RS Women's liner so you can dial in the perfect fit, a Fitting Indicator System to help you align your Dynafit Quick Step-In tech inserts with your binding, and is finished off with a grippy Vibram Cayman rubber sole for confident footing on slick terrain, ice, and rocks.

    • Polyamide shell with Pebax tongue
    • 120 flex and 101mm last
    • Heat-moldable Intuition Pro Flex RS Women's liner
    • Mirage Pro ski/walk mechanism with 37° range of motion
    • Dynafit Quick Step-In tech inserts with Fitting Indicator System
    • Axial Alpine tongue construction
    • Vibram Cayman rubber sole
    • Evo V-Frame cuff with Air Ventilation
    • Four oversized Zeus buckles and a Predator HRS instep strap
    • Item #SCR001E

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    [shell] polyamide, [tongue] Pebax
    Flex
    120
    Last Width
    101 mm
    Buckles
    4
    Lean Angle
    [lean angle] 16 / 20 deg, [cuff range of motion] 37 deg
    Walk Mode
    yes, Mirage Pro
    Liner
    Intuition Pro Flex RS Women's
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    yes
    Binding Compatibility
    tech, AT
    Sole
    Vibram Cayman
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 25] 3 lb 1 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring, big-mountain
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    A Light Performance Boot

      Only after my Scarpa Dominas finally broke after 6 years did I even think about switching boots. I had something I loved and I didn't want to change. If I knew how awesome these were I would have been switching long ago.

      They ski stiff for a women's touring boot, but once clicked into walk mode, they are insanely comfortable. I split my time between touring and in-bounds skiing. And even after 10 years in a race boot I still feel comfortable flexing these like a performance boot.

      I'm a size 8 street shoe and went with a 23.5 based on my desire to be in a smaller tighter fitting boot. But they still work great for touring once fitted with the intuition liner.

      Outdoors cross dresser

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I'm a 6'2" 200 lb guy with a low volume foot - women's outdoor shoes just fit me better. I've got the mondo 26.5 and loving them. I got them fitted with a custom cork footbed by Larry the bootfitter in Boulder, CO. They are light but plenty powerful clicked into Fritchi Vipecs on Voile V8 skis.

      Only Con is you may need some one to show you how to pull the tongue down and then to the side. I'd never had a boot like this and they showed me at Larry's. Once I got it, I love it. Typically, I find peeling the boots off at the end of the day one of the most unpleasant things of skiing. These don't make it painless but much improved over the classic flip forward tongue.

      Best touring boots

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I changed over to the Gea RS after using a pair of BD Factor 130's for my first touring experiences. I was in misery with the Factors and have a black toenail to prove that. I have not even molded the liners on the Geas and they feel unbelievably comfortable. I have claimed to my friends many times that they feel like a sneaker. The walk mode is super flexible and makes skinning a breeze. They are lightweight and settings are super customizable. The vibram soles make boots packing easy and grip super well onto any terrain.

      In regards to the skiing capability of the boots, my backcountry skiing has completely changed for the better. They are stiff enough to resemble a traditional alpine boot and give me the support to make sharp turns and get around obstacles at speed. I have skied them in bounds at Alta and really didn't feel like I compromised my skiing at all. These are well worth the money and I plan to have them for seasons to come.

      Sizewise, I wear a 7/7.5 street shoe and my Salomon Quest alpine boots are a 23.5. Scarpa changes their size on the half size so when I tried the 23.5 on in the Geas, I had a lot more room than I wanted, especially because once the liner in molded you gain some room. I sized down to the 23's in order to have the smaller shell.

      We're pretty committed.

        Ah, the Scarpa Gea RS boots... What a tumultuous and passionate relationship we have. Sometimes I can't live with 'em, but I mostly can't live without 'em. I think we're in it for the long run.

        For some background, I spent a decade of my youth ski racing, and the boots that shaped my skiing style come from the ilk of super-stiff, high-cuff, world-cup style race boots. When I initially transitioned to tech boots, I started with a women's Dynafit TLT5. I found that no matter how g-dang light they were for the ascent, I couldn't get past the feeling of terror welling inside me when squaring up to a line in those noodle-soft rando slippers. The low flex made even moderate descents feel like a rodeo, so I tried my luck with the 120 flex of the Gea RS. I've put many, many miles in on them so far, and they have a lot of fabulous qualities, but I do have some qualms with them.

        The good: FANTASTIC walk mode and range of motion. Intuition liners are the best, hands down. Get the liners cooked, and you will have two seriously happy feet. Super durable soles with great grip. Preeeeetty light for a boot that doesn't compromise much downhill performance. If you're more petite or have shapely calves, the women's cuff would be a great fit.

        The bad: I don't feel like these boots are a true 120 flex, perhaps because of the shorter cuff. As a fairly tall gal (5'9"), the boot cuff feels incredibly low to me, and as the cuff hits perhaps a little lower than the middle of my calf, I almost feel like I could snap my tib over the cuffline when I've completely maxed out the flex and hit a bump. I don't feel that the power transfer to the ski with the lower cuff is what it could be if it were higher. I have very narrow heels, and the Scarpa heel fit just doesn't lock mine in. Even with custom fitting, I still get occasional hotspots on my heels from them wiggling around in the back of the boot. And although color is a pretty innocuous thing, it pisses me off that as a female athlete, one of my only choices in a light, stiff tech boot has to be hot pink. It pisses me off in general that when shopping for stiff, light, women's specific tech boots, there are only a few options to choose from in general. There are PLENTY of female athletes who rip the backcountry on both the ascent and descent, and I feel we ought to have some more variety.

        To prevent me from going on a women-deserve-reputable-ski-gear rant, I'll close by saying these boots are perhaps the best you can currently get if you ski hard and want a boot that won't slow you down on the climb. I'd suggest you take a peek at the Scarpa Freedom SL (slightly heavier) or the La Sportiva Sparkle (slightly softer flex but a great light boot) as well!

        If you WOULD like to rant about women's ski gear or just need specialized help picking a ski boot, please reach out to me directly-- I love this stuff!

        Very Comfy

        • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I generally fit a 9.5-10 women shoe and went with the 26.5. They fit great after the proper molding. They have been flexible for touring but also stiff enough for resort skiing on groomers.

        I had noticed that they were a little tight at the widest part of my foot when I rented them from a shop for a week. I had this taken into account when they were molded to my feet and the problem was solved.

        Backcountry Babes boot of choice

        • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

        I run a women's backcountry skiing program, and when we show up on longer courses with experienced backcountry skiiers, we see our feet painted pink and white in the Scarpa Gea RS. It's the clear consensus and boot of choice for the backcountry. They are on the light side, comfortable for athletic feet, super comfy on the uptrack and great on the downtrack too. I'd love more color choices, but I'm embracing the pink and white, too!



        As far as the fit, I"m a women's 9.5/10 and got the 26.5. I have a wide forefoot and they fit great. To accommodate my meaty calves, I just moved the buckle out a bit with an allen key. It helped to have the intuition liners heat molded, and then to go skiing a bunch of days in the backcountry to really break them in. It did take me a second to realize I need to really lean forward as I switched into ski mode to get the right forward lean. They're perfect!

        Backcountry Babes boot of choice

        Light and powerful

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        I'm new to AT boots and couldn't be more pleased. I wanted a boot stiff enough for the resort, side country and also for touring. This fits the bill perfectly. Ultra responsive, super light, and comfortable although I'm still breaking them in. May punch out the toe boxes in a week or so if needed. Once I figured out to flex forward when changing to ski mode in order to lock in, I had my best day skiing ever.

        The goods and bads

        • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        I gave these to a friend, this is what she had to say:



        This is a one time use review. I wear a 8.5 size shoe and the 24.5 fit well with a little toe room.



        Positives: The walk mode was super easy to use and I had great range of motion while walking. These boots are incredibly light and just walking around I felt like I had nothing on my feet. The axial tongue made it so easy to get in and out of the boot. Love this feature.



        Negatives: The sides where my foot is the widest, right below on the sides of my big and pinky toes, might have to be punched out, as it was a tight fit there. My feet tend to run wide in regular shoes. Also, I can't seem to find a women's touring boot that is really stiff. This is a 120 flex, but some how it doesn't feel like it. I could still flex it pretty well, but then again, it is a touring boot. Maybe it was user error.



        Overall, great boot. Really light, get's the job done.

        The goods and bads

        My own user error contributed to this sense as well. I also felt in the back seat much of the time the first week in these boots. Then I discovered that ski mode is only locked in when flexing forward in the boot when switching from hike to ski. Made all the difference of course. Best boot I've ever owned.

        What is the difference between this boot and the Gea 1.0?

        Unanswered Question

        How true to size are they? I see Jenn, below, wears a 8.5 and she choose a 24.5, 'with a little toe room'... which by your size chart is a size 7.5. My wife is a 6.5 and I'm wondering if they run a little large...??

        What is the main difference between this boot and the Scarpa Freedom SL? I'm an advanced downhill skier who is just breaking into the touring world and really trying to find a boot that I can charge in at the resorts and do a little backcountry skinning as well.

        Catt!



        Rippers like yourself will find this boot quite comparable in its stiffness and the way that it skis!



        That being said, these boots are solely compatible with AT bindings - i.e. Dynafits, Diamirs, IONS, Vipec - tech toe style bindings.



        The reason for this is that the rubber soles would impede this boot from releasing properly. The Freedom series does not have this issue,

        Will these work with Solomon guardians?

        Is it true that it is OK to use the liner as a camp boot on snow? I saw a video that stated so but that is the only place I have seen this mentioned.