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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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Legit, but not too legit too quit

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Overall a great boot. Skis and walks well. The only complaint I have is that I've broken the walk mode several times in one season. That being said, I work in my boots and am way harder on gear than your average guy. I wish they had the same walk mode as the freedoms.



    What is the BSL OF A 27.5? (There needs to be a Ask A Question feature on the App)

    Is it true that The Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot will not work with regular downhill bindings?

    Hey Brian,

    The Maestrale RS is compatible with bindings that work with ISO 9523 Touring soles but are not compatible with ISO 5355 Alpine bindings. This boot also works with Tech bindings like the Dynafit Radical FT and ST as well as traditional AT bindings. Super versatile!

    What type of bindings are you looking to use them on and I can check to see if they will work? Feel free to contact me directly with additional questions on the Maestrale RS.

    Are they supposed to be compatible? No.

    Can you jam them in and ski? Yes, but don't expect bindings to release properly.

    Am I advising you to try it? Hell no.

    How do I know? Because I've done it.


    Almost the best

      I've been riding / touring the boot for about 30 days last season. It's great! I had few days on them before thermo moulding and I thought these felt like sleepers (still skied fine). After proper fitting and heat moulding these are awesome!

      New season is coming and all my piste skis are being fitted with bindings compatible with this boot. Seriously... I don't want to ride anything else.

      Why four stars? I think quality isn't worth 5 stars. I see some wear around tech inserts. Graphics are mostly gone (who cares?). Soles are ok but I see more wear than I'd like.

      For those feeling the cuff isn't high enough I advise to wrap the strap around the top of the liner tongue rather than around the boot tongue. Makes it feel much higher and stiffer (I'm 185cm and 95kg )


      Perfect BC boot

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      This boot has been out for a few seasons now with minor mods and it continues to be the perfect balance of weight and performance for pow and ski mountaineering. It's light enough that you can haul it around all day and then enjoy ripping turns on the descent even on bigger stiffer skis. Scarpa fit has always been great for my feet and I never even have to cook the liners to fit I can just wear them right out of the box. The range of motion for touring is great, but once you lock them in they're as stiff as you need for the down. The in and out is a bit strange and I do struggle with it still, but it's a small annoyance that's worth the over-all package that is Mastrale RS!

      Quick question: I've had some issues with the metal tongue attachments over the instep. Since spring climb-over-rocks-while-skiing season has started, I've broken three of them. To be fair, I've skied them very hard this winter and they've seen a lot of days. Love the boot otherwise.

      Anyone else had issues with these, or is this a red herring?

      David you have been crushing this year! Ill email our Scarpa Rep and see what he has to say about this.

      Just to fill this in for future reference:

      Bill emailed the Scarpa people. Apparently, this had been an occasionally issue in the past, but they switch materials for the present year of boots and have seen less of it.

      Either way, they're currently sending me a replacement kit that works with a nut and bolt. Huge thanks to Bill and Scarpa for sorting this out so quickly.

      I did have a similar problem and the replacement kit was quick and simple to install.

      Also had the hinges break. I didn't ask Scarpa to fix them. Took them to my shop and they put some T-nuts and bolts in while replacing the parts so they will be easy to fix next time.


      No quite right for me

      • Gender:Male
      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      Here's my take after one season. The boot is impressive from a design and construction point of view. The funky tongue, which some complain about, is a cool feature--once you get used to it, it's very functional, and getting in/out is as easy as it gets. The light weight is awesome. The liner is nice. Fits my high instep much better than Dynafit offerings.

      Two reasons for not giving 5 stars. The first is that it just isn't enough boot for me. I'm not a cliff-hucking maniac, I'm just a bigger guy (190#, 6'3") who likes going down. The cuff is lower than some boots. I know, trade-offs, but on the whole feels a bit under powered.

      The other reason is odd, and relates to the sole tread. One lug on the heel binds up with the brake friction plate on my bindings (Dynafit Radical ST), and gets jammed up every time I come out of ski mode. A few times it's pulled off the plate completely, which is a bugger to put back.

      But 4 stars for a nice boot, even though I will need to get another pair.


      Huge fan of these boots

      • Gender:Male
      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I picked these boots up on pretty short notice towards the end of this season and immediately fell head over heals in love with them. One of the biggest reasons is that they happen to fit my foot like a glove, so there is that. I came to these from a pair of Tecnica Cochise Pro Lights, which are a good AT/crossover boot in their own right. The Maestrales fit my foot much better since they have quite a bit less volume, especially over the instep and ankle. The large range of motion in walk mode makes these boots really comfy for skinning and hanging around in, and when it's time to ski they lock down very solidly with no noticeable slop or play in the walk mechanism

      As others have mentioned, the tongue on these boots is a little funky. The tongue is hinged on the inside of each boot and rotates out to the side to help you get in and out. It takes a little getting used to, but I really like it. It makes getting in and out of cold boots really easy, especially if you put on the liners first, lace them up, and then shove your foot into a cold shell.

      In terms of skiing performance, I've been really impressed by these boots. They're stiff enough for everything I've thrown at them and have a really nice progressive flex pattern as you start pushing them harder. I've skied these on just about every sort of snow condition: spring slush, refrozen spring boilerplate crap, firm groomers, chopped up storm snow, and deep untouched powder. I've been really happy with the responsiveness and control in all of these conditions. These have been stiff enough to drive both my touring setup (Dynastar Cham 107 HM 190s with Dynafits) and my powder skis (Atomic Bent Chetler 193s with Marker Lord bindings). At the same time, these boots are plenty light for hiking and skinning. I do a decent mix of touring vs. resort skiing and I don't have the patience for a quiver of boots for different days. I've been really happy with these as a "compromise" between AT and alpine without feeling like I'm sacrificing downhill performance by being in an AT boot, or skinning with bricks on my feet by being in an alpine/crossover boot.

      For binding compatibility, these boots will NOT fit standard DIN bindings because of the rockered Vibram sole (which is not swapable with a DIN sole on these boots). These will fit any pin/tech AT binding (Dynafit, G3, Plum, etc). Marker Lords (and Dukes / Barons) have an adjustable toe height and a sliding AFD that Marker claims is compatible with AT boots. That being said, the rockered soles on these boots make for a very tight fit in the toe piece of a Marker Lord. In my experience, these boots have released just fine from my Lords both in the toe and the heel, but I'm not sure if they would necessarily pass a release test at a ski shop. I mounted my skis at home so I haven't had them officially checked by a ski shop, so take that with a grain of salt.

      As far as fit/sizing goes, my feet measure at a US 15 and I generally wear either a 14 or 15 in street shoes. I'm pretty average for width with relatively low arches and not a ton of volume around my ankle fold. I'm in a 30.5 boot and didn't have to do any work other than a quick heat mold on the liners. The shells can be punched and/or ground a bit by a professional boot fitter, but I haven't needed any of that.

      Mark, you are a US 15 and wear the mondo 30.5 boot? I'm a US 14.5 and have a standard sized foot otherwise and have been thinking about needing a mondo 31.5. Sadly there is no outfitter around me that will carry these boots, so I'm nervous about buying something that after a use or 2 I decide does not fit and I need to move up or down in size.

      Yeah, my feet measure at a US 15.0 and I'm in a mondo 30.5 in these boots. For street shoes I'm typically in between 14.0 and 15.0 depending on the brand. The length of these boots is spot on for me - I've got about 1-1.25cm of space behind my heel when I do a shell fit. I think you're best bet is to give the 30.5 a go and check the shell fit before you commit to keeping them. Shell fit means pull the liner out of the boot, put your foot in a ski sock and into the empty shell. Stand so your big toe is just touching the front of the shell and check how much space you have between the back of your heel and the back of the shell - having a friend measure the spacing is a huge help. Having 1-1.5cm of space is pretty standard for a snug "performance" fit - any less than 1.0 cm and you might be toeing the line on getting crunched.

      One thing to keep in mind with Scarpa is that their shells break on the half size and not the whole size. This means that a Scarpa 30.5 and a 31.0 are the same size shell, so if you're used to skiing a 31.0 in other brands, that would be comparable to a 30.5 in a Scarpa.

      I hope this helps! If you have any more specific questions fire off a chat or call (800-409-4502) to one of our gearheads - they've got a ton of knowledge and I know that a couple of our gearheads ski in Scarpas themselves so they can help you out with their experiences too.


      Not with out an issue.

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      What I love: The fit of this boot is superior with the intuition liner. Though being lightweight, the boot is extremely stiff and performs and skis like an alpine boot. The walk mode is smooth.
      What I don't like: the tongue of the boots rotates to the side, unlike most boots where the tongue moves straight out. This is almost a deal breaker for me on the boot. When taking them off, the tongue often gets caught on the buckles and even feels as though just trying to move it to the side you may break it or so damage. Ergonomically its a nightmare.
      Overall: the performance of the boot outweighs the terrible tongue design. Id recommend this boot to anyone looking for a boot that likes to charge hard but also tours like a Cadillac.

      I've got to shoot from the hip on sizing for these boots, I'm a size 10 US. I'm in SoCal and this stuff is not readily available to try on in these parts. I've read the Scarpa sizing chart. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

      I'm approximately a size 10 US (Shoes vary from 10, 10.5, 11 for me) and I have the 2013 model in 27.5.

      I'm normally a 26.5 (42Eur or 9US) but had to bump up to a 27 in these. Same was true for my Scarpa trail shoes. Both dealers confirmed that Scarpa sizes small (so bump up a half size from your normal).

      Can anyone compare these and the Scarpa Freedom? Been disappointed in how soft the flex is on the Freedoms. These are listed as stiffer, is that reality?

      Based on simply trying both on in the shop, I'd agree that the RS was indeed stiffer.

      A couple friends came to the same conclusion.

      The Maestrale RSs got delivered with extra insoles. Are you supposed to ski the boot with those extra insoles or without? Or are they just for size adjustments?

      Best Answer

      The brilliance of the intuition liner is that you do not necessarily need the insoles provided. - If the boot happens to have a bit of room in the instep - go ahead and throw those in there and it should adjust the fit a little for your foot size. But when it comes down to it, fit is up to you -

      Personally I rock my Maestrale without the insole.

      What are the differences between this year's and last year's versions (apart from the blue accents)? Thanks!

      The walk mode is completely re-designed for 14/15, looks to be much stronger than the original.

      You could pick these up, or find last year's model and retrofit the new walk mode to save money.


      Light, comfortable and still has power!

        These boots are amazing, super comfortable out of the box. I hate buying boots online but I spoke to a gearhead about a few of the boots I was interested in. He steered me towards the RS and he was right! Getting in and out of them is a cinch, the walk mode is great. I was in -5F weather and I never was cold!

        While skiing, the flex was great. They allow you to power though anything. They really are a great mix between AT and Alpine boots. You really don't sacrifice anything

        Light, comfortable and still has power!

        Hi Scott, I was actually looking for boots to go with Marker Kingpins, then I noticed you have those bindings! Sounds like the boots are great, how about the bindings? Would you jump off 10 to 15 foot drops and charge steep country in them with confidence? Im looking at setting up Line Magnum Opus skis, with Kingpins and possibly these boots for Gulmarg, India touring and big mountain charging this coming winter. Also, Im a size 12 US, usually wear 29.5 shell. Whats your sizing?

        Hi James, I am a 27.5. I'm a size 10 us shoe. I love these boots and the bindings. I jump these all the time and I ski these bindings and boots super hard. They both can handle it!
        I used both on a lot of hard packed and ice (Vermont) and the Scarpas have enough features to help me power though. The Kingpins never gave me a problem with releasing prematurely.
        The best feature on the boot is the black swivel vamp piece. It makes these boots easy to but on and take off. They were my first pair of Scarpas and I probably won't try another boot.

        What is the boot sole length in mm for size 27.5/28?

        I usually wear a 316mm and I went with a 314mm or 27.5. It was perfect.


        The Backcountry Boot For Powder Pilaging

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        I have been looking for a alpine touring boot worthy of bigger lines where a stiffer cuff will hold up to more power. The Maestrale RS beats out its predecessors by offering a better walk mode and a stiffer tongue. It provides plenty of cuff articulation for uphill travel, but when it is time for business, the boot performs like an alpine boot. I really appreciate the Vibram soles for ridge walking/scambling. The boot's plastic shell is conducive to shaving by a pro should you need to remove a little material to alleviate hot spots. I recommend upgrading to a sturdier foot bed and a Booster strap to really bring these across the finish line. Otherwise they fit true to size and I am psyched to get them up for longer tours and see how they perform. The heftier construction adds a bit of weight compared to super light models, but that comes back when you lock em down and grip and rip.

        Will the maestrale RS fit my old fritchi diamir freeride bindings? My bindings are the 2004/5 model, and I expect they will fit, just want to check, am placing my order for new boots in three days so having last minute worries.

        What AT bindings are these actually compatible with, it says in the product description they work with at and tech. F12s? Guardians? Barons?

        They are compatible with all AT and tech bindings. So yes, that includes frame bindings like the F12, Duke and Baron. Also this year's Guardian and Tracker will work with this boot, but last year's was only made to handle a Salomon WTR or alpine sole.

        Basically, any Dynafit style tech binding or a frame binding with adjustable toe height and sliding AFD - that pretty much includes all current model AT bindings and that's why our description keeps it simple.

        Hit me up if you have any questions!

        How is the fit? Small/big? Wide/narrow? It is several hundred miles to my nearest Scarpa dealer.

        Scarpa shells break on the half size, so watch out for that (e.g., Lange 27.5 = Scarpa 28-ish), and my RS's are a great fit for my "E" foot, since they run a tad wider than other boots in the forefoot. The intuition liner also will help you dial in your fit.

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

        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.

        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?

        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.

        Best Answer

        the Scarpa Freedom SL has replaceable soles so you can use both binding types. It will not tour quite as well as a dedicated boot like this, but is not too far off.

        There are quite a few other options too, you will need to find something that fits your foot. The Atomic Waymaker line also offers replaceable soles for tech and din bindings.