tum105686243-0wrote a review of Scarpa Gea RS Alpine Touring Boot - Women's on March 5, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these as my first pair of touring boots. I previously had used frame bindings and my alpine boots for numerous backcountry ski trips (Japan, Antarctica, Svalbard, etc). I was looking for something that'd feel similar to my alpine boots as far as stiffness and performance. (I have been in a Salomon xmax downhill boot) I prefer to have the going up a bit harder, rather than sacrifice performance on the downhill. I was fitted as a 23.0, and ended up ordering them online as the shop didn't have my size in stock. The boots were waaaay too big (I'm a size 6ish in shoe size, and my alpine boots are 22/22.5). First, I think these boots would probably be much better had I had the appropriate size. Because the size was so off, naturally I was super sloppy in the boot. However, I had the hardest time flexing this boot. It is MAD STIFF. At just under 5 ft and about 110lbs, I had a really hard time flexing the boot, especially when on gentler terrain. I felt like the boot was so stiff it was bouncing me into the back seat big time as I just couldn't get a progressive flex while skiing. On the plus side: I loved the ease of switching from walk mode to ski mode. The buckles and power strap are awesome and easy to use. The range of motion in walk mode is incredible. I teach skiing and walking in these boots on the slopes all day teaching the little kids was really great! I wanted to like these boots, but I guess I'm not as aggressive of a skier as I thought, or just couldn't generate the force/weight to flex these boots to feel comfortable.