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Borrowing from the chassis of the Scarpa Maestrate Boot, the Scarpa Men's Rush Alpine Touring Boot shaves some weight from your feet without sacrificing your ability to maintain power or control in the backcountry. Quick-step fittings make it a breeze to get in and out of your TLT bindings when speed is of the essence, and the free-flexing range of motion cuff turns slogging tours into a walk in the park. Reach for this Pebax out-of-bounds boot when you finally decide to forgoe a season pass at the local resort, for early-morning peak-bagging all season.

  • Pebax Renew shell material offers a consistent flex throughout drastic temperature gradients and uses renewable-sourced plastic
  • Accelerator walk-mode mechanism allows you free range of motion for touring and a reliably-steadfast locked cuff for slaying the downhill
  • Incredible Range of Motion cuff gives more forward flex in walk mode than most touring boots
  • Magnesium Mirage buckles shave overall weight without sacrifice to a dialed fit
  • Quick-Step fittings make it quick and easy to step in and out of your TLT bindings
  • Unique Alpine Axial Closure combines overlap and cabrio boot construction to make it easy to enter your boot while providing superior support on the downhill
  • Vibram Mistral sole offers the durability and traction of mountain-specific rubber outsole without the weight penalty
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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought my 2nd pair of AT boots (Also own Scarpa F1s) to have a burlier 4 buckle AT boot to push my Fatypus 186 length, 146-126-148, Fritschi Eagle Bindings). I took them out on a late spring outing where we encounter Mashed Potato, Ice and Rock conditions and the boots were outstanding on the first two.

Actually they helped me miss most of the rocks too. They are super comfortable. I normally wear a size 11 and these are 29.5's. So possible they run a bit small- I took advantage of the Salt Lake city store to try several models out. Initially I had some misgivings about even these being big enough, but the liner seems to have a little give, and after an hour of skiing they were very very comfortable. My only concern based on other reviews is how long will the Pebax last. But we are off to a great start.

The Trifecta

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the perfect boot for doing it all. You get a light boot that can still drive a big ski, tour like a dream, and not break the bank. The dynafit tech fittings make getting into your tech binders super quick. The sole is nice and grippy on rocks when you have to scramble. And they are warm! I suffer from cold feet and these babies have done the best at keeping my feet warm of any ski boot I have had. The range of motion is so good in these boots that I ice climbed in them for 3 months while waiting for my ice boots to come in. I love how easy they are on and off, the way the tongue hinges out of the way is genius. Great for taking the liner out of the shell if you are chillin in a tent.

The only problem I had with them is the tongue of the right boot would fold where it connects to the toe box and cause the part against my shin to slip down while I toured. Fixed it right up with some shoe repair thread by stitching one side of the tongue to the main part of the liner about 2 inches up from the very bottom of the tongue. Haven't had a problem since... Great boots

What's the Rush?

    I've been enjoying skiing the Maestrale RS mostly, but the Rush has been a good boot when I don't need quite the performance and want to shed some weight. It fits this middle ground niche really well. The range of motion in tour mode is great and everything seems really solid.

    Great boot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    What's not to love about these? Not too heavy, easy to get in and out of, they walk well, hike well, and ski well. Intuition liner is very warm and comfortable. No issues wearing these all day long.

    Great boot

    My boot for 90% of ski touring

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been skiing the Scarpa Pegasus (polyurethane version of the Maestrale= cheaper and heavier) for the 11/12 season but got myself a pair of these to shave a few ounces.

    The vast majority of my skiing is touring, and I'm not opposed to longer approaches to ski objectives and days with up to 10 000 feet of vertical. I don't really huck cliffs, but I do like to ski in steeper terrain. For me this boot fits the bill better than any other I have used. I still have a beat up pair of F1s that I use for speed touring and I use the Pegasus boots for my work in the ski patrol

    Obviously the most important feature of a boot is fit, and Scarpa is apparently made for my foot.

    The walk function is terrific and they remain comfortable for 10 hour days. I've been primarily skiing them with a pair of Movement Logic skis, which the boot drives very easily.

    Worth noting: The forward lean angle is a little more upright than for the Maestrale I think.

    Also the shell size that Scarpa uses for half sizes is the larger one (ie. a size 28.5 is a 29 shell with a thicker liner NOT as 28 shell with a thinner one!)

    Another Classic from Scarpa

      I've been skiing in the Scarpa Maestrale for the 2010/11 season and have now switched over to the Rush for 11/12 as it is basically a lighter, less expensive version of the Maestrale. I prefer three buckle boots as they have a nice clean toe profile (no 4th toe buckle) which works better for booting, climbing or cramponing. The Intution liner molds to a perfect fit and I haven't had so much as a hot spot after 20+ days of touring with the Rush's.

      These are definitely a full-on touring boot and are best appreciated in the backcountry. The only reason I gave them a 4-star instead of 5-star rating is that the new arch buckle doesn't seem to clamp my heel down like the older one (Maestrale) does. On a three buckle boot this is more apparent and since I have "skinny" heels, I notice it a bit.

      Still, a great all around touring boot that works well for any and all conditions.


        I used the Scapra Rush last spring for a two week expedition in Alaska's Wrangle-St. Elias Range. They worked well for both ski mountaineering and snowboard mountaineering. I was doing both and was stoked to be able to use the same boots for each activity.

        They are light but still stiff for their weight (just over 6 lbs/pair). If you are looking to shave weight, and are willing to sacrifice a bit of stiffness for a lighter weight boot, then the Rush could be for you. The inventive tongue design helps to make Scarpa's line of ski mountaineering boots exceptionally stiff for their weight. It takes a little patience to figure out how to cleanly open the boot by moving the tongue to the side before getting in or out. But after two or three goes you will have it dialed and stoked on the design for the stiffness it offers.

        The boots tour well with lots of cuff movement. For skiing they tighten nicely and once the forward lean lock is engaged you are ready to rip. They were plenty stiff for snowboarding. For skiing they functioned well on all but the iciest terrain. During a time or two while on skis where it was steep and icy, I would have preferred the Scarpa Maestrale's for their additional support. But would not have enjoyed the extra poundage on the way up.

        Bottom line: Scarpa Rush are a great boot for ski mountaineering at higher altitude or when you are going for big vertical days and want to shave weight. If you desire the support of a stiff four buckle boot, I would go with the Scarpa Maestrale.

        Breaking Trail Up Virgin Ground In Scarpa Rush's

        Stphen Koch breaking trail up a new route in the Wrangle-St. Alias range of AK. Spring 2010.

        Photo Copyright: Stephen Koch Collection

        Breaking Trail Up Virgin Ground In Scarpa Rush's


        Nicely done!
        I primarily backcountry snowboard. I am retiring my Spirit 4 boots for the Rush and believe that the 3-buckle setup will be a revelation. I have a question since I have not heard many talk about it:
        Do you lock down your boots on the descent when riding?

        I have no question about this regarding skiing, but I have always had better results by not locking down my Scarpa's on descent when riding.

        I suppose, ideally, the metal piece that the pin locks into would be better for riding if it was a long notch; giving the rider forward lean, but then providing the rather traditional snowboard binding restriction on the back lean. Hmmm

        I have skied resorts for the majority of...

        I have skied resorts for the majority of my life, but I am now looking into getting into the backcountry this upcoming winter. I am 6'2 200lb, I ski fairly agressively, and primarily use a 120 flex boot in the resort. While I know the flex index is not standardized across manufacturers, will I simply find this boot too soft for my use? Also, would this boot be suitable for a beginner backcountry skier or would you recommend something else?

        Best Answer

        You are going to think this boot is soft, no doubt in my mind. Its a great boot but, it chooses lightweight and walk ability over aggressive ski ability. As far as beginner backcountry users go I started in something more aggressive and eventually moved to something lighter and less stiff. The more I went out the more I started to travel farther and longer and needed a boot that would accommodate that. First boot I toured in was a race stock Salomon in a Marker Duke Binding, today I couldnt imagine lifting that to put in my car. Take a look at something like this

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        I am looking at getting an AT set-up going....

        I am looking at getting an AT set-up going. I have a very high volume foot (very wide, high arch, high instep). Even have a pretty large calf at 6'3" 220lbs. I have heard that the Scarpa Rush is pretty good for higher volume feet, but don't want to assume that is the best place to start. Any advice is appreciated. I am leaning towards pairing them with a set of Dynafit FT bindings that will be on a pair of Line Sick Day 110 skis. Thanks.

        Never owned any AT boots but I really want...

        Never owned any AT boots but I really want to now. I'm tired of using 50% of my energy put on my technica diablos. Will these boots fit my Marker 11.0 free bindings?

        Hey timp285466,

        Thanks for the question. Due to the shortened toe and heel lugs in the Scarpa Rush, they will not fit any alpine bindings such as the Marker 11.0 Free. They will fit into any alpine bindings with a touring function such as the Marker Duke/Baron, Salomon Guardian, Atomic Tracker or Diamir Fritschi bindings.

        I noticed in Andrew`s video that the liners...

        I noticed in Andrew`s video that the liners had no laces. Are laces necessary? Never thought to, but would like to ditch mine.

        They work just fine without the laces in my opinion.

        I used to think they were necessary, now I actually prefer lace-free boots for touring as it ensures better ankle articulation on the way up.

        If you do decide you want to add laces though, the liners do have the necessary loops

        Are the boot sizings for these pretty spot...

        Are the boot sizings for these pretty spot on? I wear a 9.5 US shoe and according to Scarpas boot fitting chart I should order a 26.5. With heavy weight mountaineering socks, will that size be appropriate? Or have you had to half-size up or down based on your socks or a bad fitting guide? I would like to know before I pull the trigger on these.

        Best Answer

        It's a tough call. Scarpa boots are a bit bigger than other Mondo sizing. It really boils down to how you like your boots to fit and perform.

        A 26.5 will be a good size if you plan on using thick socks, but you'll lose feel on the downhills. With thinner, ski socks, you may want to size down to a 26 and let the heat-mold liner take care of the fit.

        I just looked at the Maestrale page on BC and they list the boot shell for size 28.5 (same shell as the 29.0) length 322. Would the Rush lower be the same size as the Maestrale? They look like the same mold, minus a buckle. I want to figure this out, before I buy, so I don't have to remount my Dynafit bindings.

        I wear a size 11.00 shoe, ski the Scarpa TX NTN boot in a size 28.5, so would try a 28.5 in the Rush.