Cory Akinwrote a review of Scarpa Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot on March 10, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This might be my favorite of all time. I was looking for something which fits my foot well, which walks well, and which skis well, and the Maestrale RS does all three.
Previous to this boot I was skiing on a Dynafit Titan Ultralight. It's a nice boot, stiff, cool looking, but it did not fit my foot well. While the Titan felt narrow and uncomfortable, the Maestrale RS in comparison feels plush and roomy. While those arent words you would usually attach to a high performance ski boot, in this situation, its perfect. You get a boot which feels great while walking up, due in no small part to the Intuition liner which comes stock with the Maestrale RS. That by itself nearly sells me on this boot - the stock Intuition is warm, comfortable, and still supportable enough when skiing down.
The cuff design is another interesting aspect of this boot. It seems odd at first, although once I figured out the best way to pull the cuff out from under my buckles (walk mode, lean back, fold back the silver top buckle catch), I've never had an easier boot to put my foot into.
The buckles are nice - top buckle and power strap are wide and strong. The strap/buckle over the forefoot works nicely as well. I find I need to tighten it a lot to keep my heel from pulling up, although nothing terrible.
Most important of all with this boot, though, is downhill performance. I find it pushes my fatter skis with no problem. And as other reviews have mentioned, I've skied the resort with this boot - bumps, groomers, etc - and the Maestrale RS does great. I prefer to use the most forward lean angle on this boot (there is a far forward, and then a more centered setting on the ski mode), which I feel helps to keep me centered on resort bumps, chop, and the whole list of conditions you find there.
And last of all, this boot is light and efficient on the uphill. From the specs I could find, it has 37 degrees of cuff rotation. Its not as much as the Alien, I suppose, but still sufficient.