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Save the wool and leather for the fireside après-shred session.

Remember when backcountry touring meant wool sweaters and knickers, skinny skis, leather boots, and low-angle turns while whistling carefree tunes? Neither does the Scarpa Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot. Wool is great, so too are mellow turns—after you shred the crap out of steep chutes and chomp up all the pow. The Maestrale RS is a boot that marries stiffness with swiftness. It takes on the ascent so you can take the descent with style and power. The RS Maestrale is only 40 grams heavier than the standard Maestrale, yet is twenty percent stiffer.

With a burly 120 flex, super-light construction, combined cabrio and overlap design, and a liner that hugs a ripping performance right out of you, the Maestrale knows how to orchestrate on-hill brilliance. And its comfort and feathery weight keep you going all season long. Zeus buckles improve the cuff closure in ways you hadn't previously imagined, the unique instep strap encourages maximum heel hold and increased stiffness at the base of the tongue, and it's easy to engage with gloves on. Skin tracks get steep sometimes, and every once and a while they turn into mandatory boot packs. With the grip of the Vibram Cayman soles you'll gain purchase with every swing of the leg and inch ever closer to those butt-clenching steeps that really float your boat.

Scarpa slapped the RS moniker on this boot to signify it as a performer of the highest degree. Although there are lighter boots (the Rush) or more burly boots (the Freedom SL) among Scarpa's AT offerings, none of them offer the comfort, warmth, and driving power that the Maestrale RS delivers on an everyday basis.

  • Polyamide shell and cuff with Pebax tongue
  • Overlap and cabrio cuff construction
  • 120 flex upper and 101mm width last
  • Intuition Pro Flex RS liner
  • Triple, Zeus and Mirage buckle design with Predator RS instep strap
  • Walk and ski modes
  • Vibram Cayman sole with soft toe

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I'm a 28.5 in Scarpa's T4. What size will...

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I'm a 28.5 in Scarpa's T4. What size will I need for the maestrale rs?

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As far as boot sole lengths go, the T4 in 28.5 is 332mm, the Maestrale in a 28.5 is 322mm, the T4 is also made on a 1mm wider last than the Maestrale. All this being said, I think that a 29 or a 29.5 would suit you better in the Maestrale.

Any chance this boot works with the Fischer...

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Any chance this boot works with the Fischer Adrenaline AT Binding?

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Yes, it will work with the Fischer Adrenaline binding :) If you have any other questions, feel free to ask on here or email me -

How are these compared to the normal...

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How are these compared to the normal Maestrale?
I was about to buy the normal Maestrale when i stumbled across these, so any help would be appreciated!
Also, I was wondering about size. From before I have Atomic Hawx 80 from 2010 in size 29/29.5.
Could be worth mentioning that I am 194 cm and 95 kg (about 6 ft 4 in and 210 pounds, I belive?)

I am 27.5 measured. What size should I get...

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I am 27.5 measured. What size should I get for this one? I see only full sizes...

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Scarpa breaks there sizing on the 1/2 size so I would go with the 28 as it shares the same shell size as the 27.5. Feel free to hit up one of the gearheads if you're worried about sizing and we can help you out!

2 questions.

1). Does this boot work...

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2 questions.

1). Does this boot work with a Marker FT 12 binding?
2). I wear a 27.5 lange boot now, would i size up to a size 28 in the Maestrale?

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Yes and yes.

5 5

Outstanding Touring Boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This might be my favorite of all time. I was looking for something which fits my foot well, which walks well, and which skis well, and the Maestrale RS does all three.

Previous to this boot I was skiing on a Dynafit Titan Ultralight. It's a nice boot, stiff, cool looking, but it did not fit my foot well. While the Titan felt narrow and uncomfortable, the Maestrale RS in comparison feels plush and roomy. While those arent words you would usually attach to a high performance ski boot, in this situation, its perfect. You get a boot which feels great while walking up, due in no small part to the Intuition liner which comes stock with the Maestrale RS. That by itself nearly sells me on this boot - the stock Intuition is warm, comfortable, and still supportable enough when skiing down.

The cuff design is another interesting aspect of this boot. It seems odd at first, although once I figured out the best way to pull the cuff out from under my buckles (walk mode, lean back, fold back the silver top buckle catch), I've never had an easier boot to put my foot into.

The buckles are nice - top buckle and power strap are wide and strong. The strap/buckle over the forefoot works nicely as well. I find I need to tighten it a lot to keep my heel from pulling up, although nothing terrible.

Most important of all with this boot, though, is downhill performance. I find it pushes my fatter skis with no problem. And as other reviews have mentioned, I've skied the resort with this boot - bumps, groomers, etc - and the Maestrale RS does great. I prefer to use the most forward lean angle on this boot (there is a far forward, and then a more centered setting on the ski mode), which I feel helps to keep me centered on resort bumps, chop, and the whole list of conditions you find there.

And last of all, this boot is light and efficient on the uphill. From the specs I could find, it has 37 degrees of cuff rotation. Its not as much as the Alien, I suppose, but still sufficient.

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Great review Cory!
Killin' it.

5 5

Scarpa has nailed it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Simply my favorite ski boot: ever. I have worn a lot of different boots, including several from Scarpa, and the Mastrale RS is the best performing boot I have worn for both the up and down. Super light and with a huge cuff articulation, it tours like a dream and allows even the weak to haul a big ski up the hill. When it is time to lock them down the boot drives a fat ski easily and has a very predictable and progressive flex that makes it easy to flow in and out of the turns. Because of the flex characteristics of this boot, I actually prefer it to a bigger, stiffer boot even on steep terrain with fat skis. For that reason I have been skiing inbounds with these as well as in the backcountry. Do yourself a favor and check these out.

My sole length is 255mm. Now I am asking...

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My sole length is 255mm. Now I am asking if there it anyone with same sole length who has this boot also? Did you buy the mondo 25.5/26 boot or smaller/bigger? How did it fit to your leg? Could anyone give me a good opinion about which size should I go with?

I have tested Salomon Quest 120 size 25.5 and it was perfect.. Has anyone experience with sizing of Quest 120 vs. Maestrale RS?

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I own the Quest Max 120, and put my foot into the Maestrale. I fit a 26/26.5 in the Salomon and the 26.5/27 in the Scarpa (Scarpa sizes break differently than most others).
There was some shell and liner molding done to my Quest's, so hard to compare the true fit - but the Scarpa's definitely have a lower instep height.

Will these fit in a Marker Baron binding...

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Will these fit in a Marker Baron binding?

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Yeah they sure will, just make sure you purchase the right size Marker Barron that works with your shoe size (boot sole length.

Do the Intuition Pro Flex RS liners that...

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Do the Intuition Pro Flex RS liners that come with these boots come with a lacing system?

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Yes they do. Bought the boot about a week ago and did 4 days back to back in them. Awesome boot. Especially if you are riding anything wider than 100mm.

Im 6ft 2, 230 lbs and agressive skier......

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Im 6ft 2, 230 lbs and agressive skier... What are your views on the boot for the heavier skier? Thanks in advance

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These will work great for the "bigger" skier as a touring boot, but if your really looking to charge hard inbounds and out I'd recommend the Freedom SL instead.

5 5

Maestrale RS Comfort and Performance

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used the boots extensively last week in the San Juans and they performed well with good comfort. I spent 7 hours in them with a pack on Wednesday in somewhat tough conditions and they performed well in all respects.

Maestrale RS Comfort and Performance

I see these will work with Fritschis but...

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I see these will work with Fritschis but will they also work with Salomon Guardian/Atomic Trackers? Just want to be sure since the description says tech only.

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They won't work with Trackers as the Vibram soles on these won't properly release from those bindings due to the fixed AFD plate on there. For trackers you need ISO soles (alpine standard) or the ISO 9523 AT boot soles.

5 5

Near perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Plenty of boot to drive a 110mm waist ski in NW powder (160 lbs.)

Walks better than any boot used to date (BD & Garmont) due to range of motion.

A REAL Intuition liner means warm & supportive. Super light weight helps a lot.

First time ever: blister free after a 5 day trip in the Sawtooths climbing & skiing everything. I have horrible sweaty/blistery feet.

I shell fit these (a bit more than 1 finger) like alpine boots and have had NO PROBLEMS.

Yes, they have a finicky tongue that requires some gymnastics to get on/off. It becomes 2nd nature unless you're a spaz.

Why anyone would lug an alpine weight, crap walking boot around the backcountry is beyond me. With these & the Dynafits, you just don't give anything up these days.

What size should I order. I wear a 13 US...

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What size should I order. I wear a 13 US shoe.

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a 30.5 should work. If you want a more performance fit a 30 might be better. I'd order both and see which one works best.

4 5

Shready, Set, GO! (Uphill then Downhill)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Met up with some old high school buddies in Tahoe for a ski reunion weekend. All shenanigans aside, my pal had nothing but great things to say about this boot. He does QUITE a few Backcountry tours, and opted to skip out on a season pass this year. In his substantial experience in the backcountry, here is what he had to say about these boots:

"I (and a number of others around the Tahoe area) think is the best AT boot for the price on the Market. It's light, comfortable, stiff, powerful, user friendly, and has been really reliable~60 days in it with almost no wear issues, also comes with intuition (sick!)."

Molly the dog is also pretty stoked she gets to chase such lovely boots down snow coverd hills.

Shready, Set, GO! (Uphill then Downhill)
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what sort of pup is molly? I'm curious to get a good trail dog that could hike in the summer and enjoy some tours in the winter.

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Hey Brad, I just checked in with my buddy, here's what he had to say:

"Border Collie Lab mix. She's the best dog in the world!"

This picture was from her first 'backcountry' tour (in bounds before Sugar Bowl opened for operations). She did so great! Absolutely loved the snow and was charging and ready to go for 3 whole laps.

hey does anyone know if this boot is...

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hey does anyone know if this boot is compatible with fritschi free ride bindings?

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Yes, these will work fine in the Fritschi Freeride

Hi, i want a boot that works great in the...

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Hi, i want a boot that works great in the back country and at a resort, i will be using marker dukes as my back/side country binding and marker gryphons as my resort binding will this boot fit into both?

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This boot will not work for marker griffons as they do not have an adjustable toe piece to account for the thicker AT sole on the maestrale. Checkout the new Marker Lord binding to use for inbounds as those can accomodate an AT sole and use your dukes for side/backcountry.

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Just grind the toe down a bit and it will work with any binding. the toe piece on the duke can be tightened if need be.

Just grind the toe down a bit and it will work with any binding. the toe piece on the duke can be tightened if need be. <br/>
3 5

Not for the downhill

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

Great for touring, first time I used it I went on a 5 hour tour. It was very comfortable and no blisters whatsoever. Decided to try it on the downhill and it was not a pleasant experience. If you're looking to do more touring and less skiing - it's great! But not for me.

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