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. A burly 120 flex, uber-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.
- Polyamide shell and cuff and eco-friendly Pebax tongue with Axial Alpine construction combine overlap and cabrio designs for easy on-off, precise volume adjustment, and superior performance
- 120 flex is stiff enough for ripping that line you've been eyeing for years
- 101mm width provides enough room for comfort on the long climb and high-speed descent
- Weighs a mere 6lb 14oz (per pair, size 27)
- Intuition Pro Flex RS liner is custom-molded for precision fit, energy-efficient for high-performance, lightweight, and cozy-warm
- Heel retention strap prevents inefficient, unfortunate slippage
- Instep strap Predator RS increases tongue stiffness and closes easily even with gloved hands
- 50mm Velcro Strap RS provides burly closure and cuff support
- Zeus and aluminum Mirage buckles are strong and lightweight and easy to adjust with gloved hands
- Walk-ski mode is a cinch to switch and provides ample room to walk and secure lockdown downhill
- Forward lean adjusts from 16 to 20 degrees
- Vibram Cayman sole has soft toe for snug fit into binding, lugged profile to reduce snow build-up, and rubber heel for grip on treacherous terrain
- Compatible with AT and TLT bindings
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Hi, I can't find Scarpa where I live and can only buy them online. I hope that someone familiar with the fit of Scarpa vs. other boots (ideally Black Diamond) can offer some advice.
I wear a 30.5 in the BD Method boots, and they fit really well, but I certainly wouldn't go any bigger. I wonder if I should go with the same in the Maestrale RS? I ask because in reading about Scarpa here, I see that the break in the shell comes at the half-size in Scarpa. So I'm assuming the shell would be bigger in Scarpa than in Black Diamond at 30.5, right? Would that mean the 30.5 with liners would probably fit bigger in Scarpa, as well?
Sorry if this might be an ignorant question -- it may be! -- but I certainly appreciate any advice nonetheless. Thanks!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Been up about 30 days in these, 80% backcountry - 20% resort with the kids. Love them on the way up, love them on the way down. I have thermo-molded them and punched the right boot for a little width.
This is as stiff a boot as I would ever need but no sacrifice in comfort. great on dawn patrol, great on all day tours. Intuition liner is dreamy. The side-hatch entry is weird but you get used to it quick. Mostly pushing my Voile Drifter 192s (153/128/141) and these boots push them around in all conditions without complaint.
best money to performance ratio in this category.
See you all out there in it.
I've spent the last year or so building my perfect quiver. The Maestrale RS completed it, slotting into the light-weight, free-walking, but burly slot in my boot collection.
I ski a pair of Ski Logik customs - 145-115-142 and 188cm - mounted with Plum Guides. I haven't measured, but overall weight is close to, if not under, 10 lbs. The Maestrales are similarly light. Everyone who has picked it up has commented on that. And, it really makes a difference. I drop at least two pounds from each stride with the Maestrale and Plums as compared to the Cochises and Dukes I ride in the resort.
I have a pretty wide foot - my Cochises with HV Intuitions are punched for the 6th toe. While we haven't gotten the Maestrales perfect yet, I think they should work without a punch. Length is spot on - 26.5 in both Cochise and Maestrale. I have a 1.5 finger shell fit in the Cochise and a 2 finger fit in the Maestrale - plenty of room for the toes while touring. (Remember - Scarpa splits on the half size instead of the whole.)
The 120 flex Maestrale is on par with the Cochise 120 in overall stiffness, but flexes differently. Where the Cochise - an overlap, alpine-style boot - has a pretty linear flex, the Maestrale feels a bit more progressive. I also find that I ski the Maestrale in a much more centered and balanced style, where I drive the Cochise forward hard and beat it around.
The side-hinged tongue takes a bit of adaptation, but becomes second nature very quickly. With it out of the way, entry and egress is a piece of cake. I'm not sure both of the forefoot buckles are necessary. They are really close together and I don't feel like they serve separate purposes when I close them. Unlocking the walk mechanism provides huge range of motion. I think the boots are capable of more motion than my ankles.
Overall, my perfect touring boot. Light and flexy for the up; stiff and burly for the down.
Getting some deep snow turns in the Maestrale RS (really shred?)
Will these boots fit in Salamon Guardians? Thanks!
No offense to LightRanger, but these are NOT meant to fit in the Guardians.
Check out this review from blistergearreviews.com:
"A fully rockered AT sole, however, such as a SCARPA Maestrale or Dynafit Mercury, is not compatible. (Rockered AT soles are compatible with the Marker Duke.) Such boots have massive friction against the Tracker 16?s AFD, and the toe does not fully enter the binding. If you really need a rockered AT sole to fit into the Tracker, be prepared for significant grinding to the boot sole. This is best done by a bootfitter with the correct tools."
No offense to you Cory or the guys at blisterreview - but I ski the Maestrale RS in Guardians all the time and have not had a single issue with the release. There is no need to grind the soles either as mentioned. A very reputable ski shop in CO adjusted my bindings and said they do it all the time. As an aside - I love the combination.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These boots are by far the best boots I have ever owned. Unbelievably so! I came from a 29.5 Titan, which is stiff for sure but like a brick wall stiff and doesn't flex progressively. I should note, that as much as I love Dynafit, their boots just dont fit me well. My Titans also broke in many ways in one summer of guiding (60 days). So far, I have used these for 2+ foot days, on resort crud, and on manky mount hood slush and they perform excellent in a 28.5 with stock, molded liners. I first tried the 29.5 and thought they were surprisingly large and then felt the 28.5 was way tight and short, but after molding the liners, I have the perfect, all day fit. Only caveat, they might not be the cold, multi-day big mountain boot as I think in this size they would prove cold. So far, they exceed ever expectation in terms of fit and touring.
Finally, they ski even better than they fit or tour (and they are excellent at both of those). They are progressively stiff, not over ly stiff, fun, nimble, offer excellent rebound and i am a much happier, better skier in these than i was in Titans. These boots allow me to do everything I want. Well worth the costs, especially when compared to the costs all across the touring boot market! Enjoy!
A 29.5 is just a hair bit loose in the heel allowing a touch of lift, mostly in tour mode. A 28.5 is really snug, but nearly doable. Will heating the liners help and which is the better size to begin with. 28.5? Anyone else have a similar fit?
28.5! see my review above. they will open up after a few days and you will be happy with the 28.5. Feliz Navidad!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I skied the orange Maestrale last two years and thought it was a really good boot. Finally, a great touring boot with downhill performance. I picked up this year's boot and was very impressed right out of the box. You can just tell it's a beefier/stiffer boot. Then you put it on and that is confirmed. Substantially stiffer, but still tours great! And they only added a few ounces in weight. Nice work Scarpa.
I've been on skis 120mm underfoot and it drives em right where you want them.
The ankle strap doesn't seem to nestle in there as well as the older model? Very minor detail.
Does anyone know the sole length of the size 30?
answered ny own question (impatient!) - discovered that Scarpa actually has boot sole info online:
Boot Sole length for 25 & 26???
Hey DC - So Scarpa changes shells on the half size. The 24.5/25 is 288mm. The 25.5/26 shell is 297mm length for the Maestrale. The 26.5/27 is a 306mm BSL. Hope this helps! I couldn't find the answer anywhere either but a quick call to Scarpa was the ticket.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've done four tours in the Maestrale RS with a lot of skinning, some boot-packing and about 10k feet of skiing cold powder, stiff hard slab and some semi-supportive wind effected snow.
Fit out-of-the-box is great. My feet have been abused over the years and have lots of funny shapes but I haven't even felt the urge to cook the liners yet.
Skinning and hiking performance is outstanding. The boots are nimble and sure-footed while scrambling about steep mixed rock and snow. They stride effortlessly along a skin track with great range of motion.
The Maestrale RS effectively drives a mid-fat (105 underfoot) ski through variable alpine conditions. I have not yet had an opportunity to try it with a proper fat ski (120-140) or at speed.
I have many, many days in Scarpa Hurricanes, Mobes, Typhoons, etc. and this boot compares very well with it's forebears.
So these and the standard Maestrales will fit TLT bindings and fritschis?
Yes they well. I have standard Maestrales and they did get chewed up a bit from Freeride Plus's
- Gender: Male
- 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.