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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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5 5

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.

4 5

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.

Responded on

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.

Unanswered Question

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?

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 Responded on

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!

Responded on

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.

5 5

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!
Responded on

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?

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

Responded on

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

5 5

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?

Responded on

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!
LFeasler@backcountry.com

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

Responded on

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?

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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?

Responded on

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 Responded on

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.

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?

Responded on

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

Responded on

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.