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For those about to shred.

Remember when backcountry touring meant wool sweaters and knickers, skinny skis, leather boots, and low-angle turns while whistling carefree tunes? Neither does the hard-charging Scarpa Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot. Wool is great, as are mellow turns, but the Maestrale's more interested in shredding the crap out of steep chutes, ripping big faces, and slaying deep pow. It's 20% stiffer and only 1.5oz heavier than the old Maestrale, with a burly 120 flex, stiff polyamide shell, and stout power strap that provide plenty of juice when the lines get big but still checks in at under 3.5 lbs for most sizes, so you'll be able to make it up the skin track faster than your partner. The cuff also rotates a full 37°, which isn't too far behind many more uphill-oriented AT boots. Scarpa's new Mirage Pro ski/walk mode makes it super easy to switch between uphill and downhill settings, and locks the cuff to the shell with two stiff metal pins for serious power and control without the risk of coming unlocked when you don't want it to. In conjunction with the Evo V-Frame cuff, this gives the Maestrale plenty of fore and aft stiffness, so you'll be able to crush it without feeling like you're wobbling backwards and forwards. 

Perhaps the Maestrale's most distinctive feature is the stiff Axial Alpine Pebax tongue, which hinges at the toe and pivots out away from the boot for super easy entry and exit, as well as a smooth and progressive flex that eliminates stiff and dead spots. It cinches down better than traditional overlap-style shells for uniform volume control through the forefoot, eliminating pinching and slop, and the oversize Zeus buckles and Predator HRS instep strap increase heel hold and power without making the Maestrale heavy and clunky. It comes complete with a heat-moldable Intuition Pro Flex RS liner and Vibram Cayman rubber sole for a customizable fit and serious traction, respectively, and features Dynafit Quick Step-In tech inserts with the Fitting Indicator System for friction-free pivoting and easy alignment with your bindings when you're stepping in, even in deep snow. You're welcome to keep waxing poetic about the golden old days of backcountry skiing, but the Maestrale RS will be too busy ripping to listen.

  • Polyamide shell with Pebax tongue
  • 120 flex and 101mm last
  • Heat-moldable Intuition Pro Flex RS 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

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Are these compatible with standard alpine ski bindings? Will they pass DIN certification with a standard alpine ski binding?

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They are NOT compatible due to the lugged rubber sole. The anti-friction device (AFD) will not allow for proper release and thus it will not pass a DIN test. If you are using a Marker or Tyrollia binding with an adjustable height AFD, you could use these boots.

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Thanks for the reply. Talked to a shop guy yesterday and learned the same thing. Now I understand why. This leads to another question - what are some good quality boots that would work with both Dynafit bindings and a standard alpine binding? Are there any?

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I have a pair of Garmont Adrenalin boots that came with swappable normal alpine soles and alpine touring/ski mountaineering soles (lugged), but are not tech/pin binding (i.e. Dynafit) compatible. These have worked well for 90% of the skiing that I've done. I know that Black Diamond makes some replaceable soles for a few of their boots with regular alpine and tech binding compatibility. However, I don't believe that there is a perfect solution; you will compromise something (weight, function, fit, etc) any time you try to go with a universal or do-it-all setup.

5 5

Most comfortable boot I've had

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked these up last season and have been very happy with them. I was skiing on Scarpa T-Races, but they were very uncomfortable and my feet and legs would be dead in 10 minutes. Switched over to an AT setup and someone suggested the Maestrale. I was a little reluctant after the T-Race but it was a great decision.
The last on Maestrale is slightly larger, 101 compared to 100, but it really makes a difference. I don't think I have wide feet but these where much more comfortable.
For touring the range of motion is great and they aren't too heavy, especially considering how awesome they are on the return trip. An easy flip of the switch to ski mode and the Maestrale RS will not disappoint. Plenty stiff to push bigger skis, I was on a pair of Line Opus, but with great edge feel.
Some people have mentioned they are difficult to get in and out of. I will admit the tongue takes some getting use to, but just make sure you are in walk mode and the tongue easily flips out of the way.
The SKI/WALK switch can get iced up at times which leads to it popping back in to walk mode, but not often. The new models switch is a much better design and more secure.

Will these boots fit a wide foot?

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Depends on how wide. I have an E width foot and these work fine for me.

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From a lot of customer feedback I have found these to fit a wider foot than say a Dynafit boot. The Intuition liner makes them extremely comfortable.