Don't have a backcountry caddy? Get the Skadi.
Since you don't have a backcountry caddy to lug your skis to the top of the mountain, sport the Scarpa Women's Skadi Alpine Touring Boot. The Wiregate Tour-Lock Buckle quickly switches between ski and hike modes while the Axial Alpine shell design gives you an unimpeded range of motion for the uphill and powerful transmission when you make your descent. Plus, the women-specific Instant Fit Liner keeps you warm, eliminates pressure points, and has a natural Cocona interior for moisture and odor control.
- Mid-stiff flex of 100 provides ample support for leaving your mark in untouched backcountry powder bowls
- 101mm last width provides performance without crushing your foot
- Women-specific Instant Fit Flex Pro Liner features Lycra for easy entry, elastic on the instep for eliminating pressure points, and a Cocona interior for odor and moisture control
- Axial Alpine construction utilizes the best of Cabrio and overlap designs for easy on and off, unimpeded touring range of motion, and powerful transmission to the ski
- Wiregate Tour-Lock Buckle quickly and securely switches between touring and skiing modes
- Four buckles and an Active Power Strap securely anchor your foot in the boot
- Quick-step fittings make getting in and out of TLT bindings easier than ever before
- Compatible with AT and TLT binding systems
- Vibram Cayman Sole has a smooth rubber toe for a perfect fit with bindings and a lugged sole for traction in variable terrain
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Decent backcountry boot
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These aren't the lightest backcountry boots out there, but they are pretty good given the lower price point. I have the size 23.0, and skied them for 30+ days with K2 she's back skis (168cm) and dynafit TLT verticals.
Super comfy for the uphill, fit my narrow feet like a dream, and even after hours of very sweaty ascent (I live in California, so sunny tour days can be in the 50s-60s) I had no blisters or heel movement. The extra ankle strap is really awesome for keeping the heel locked in. I even used this boot for ice climbing after skinning in to a waterfall, and they performed just as well as my mountaineering plastics. Skiied all conditions from powder, corn, hardpack, to icy moguls (more on that later). Worked great as my only set of boots on overnight ski mountaineering camping trips. Quite durable (I really abuse these on rock and snow) with one exception (more on that later).
They are a quite a bit heavier than the Gea/RS, and they don't have thermomoldable liners. The liners are really soft and mostly good for up, not down. In the warm CA weather I found that they are really much too soft for how hard I ski (advanced, but not expert). I am about 160 pounds (maybe 190 with all gear included + backpack) and I seriously overdrive the boots (and my skis). These are awesome touring boots, but are not a great choice for "I have one pair of boots and want them to do everything." That said, these are my only boots, and it wasn't terrible, just not ideal. Next time I'd spend a little more and get a stiffer boot. Lastly, there is a rubber fabric gasket where the closure to the boot is, and after many days of on/off and touring/skiing, the fabric has started to abrade.
Tips: Don't forget to install the plastic circle stickers over all the bolted joints before use! These prevent the boot from leaking. If you are more in the 100-110lb. weight range and live somewhere colder, or are beginner/intermediate, they would probably be stiff enough.
My question is same as alpine poser's--how...
My question is same as alpine poser's--how is this different from Gea? Other than heavier (why?).
The Skadi is made of PU while the Gea is made of Pebax (PU is heavier than Pebax). The Skadi has a standard liner the Gea has an Intuition thermoformable liner (standard liners are heavier and cannot be heat molded)
How do these differ from Gea and Blink...
How do these differ from Gea and Blink (other than the number of buckles on Blink)?