Never stop crushing.
The Gea RS is Scarpa's stiffest and most powerful women's AT boot. It's designed to devour long ascents with the speed and grace of a gazelle while maintaining the ability to charge steep lines like a freeride champ. Scarpa buffed up the Gea RS this year with a lightweight design that's equally at home in pinner couloirs as it is on the skintrack.
The Gea RS features the same aggressive 120 flex and 101mm last as its predecessor and now houses a revamped carbon-infused Grilamid shell that increases stiffness and power without adding weight. Scarpa ditched the front buckle, jumping to a lower-profile three-buckle system that eliminates bulk and increases the cuff rotation from 37 to an impressive 60 degrees in walk mode—a welcome change that drastically increases uphill efficiency. Scarpa was also able to shed about five ounces per boot, a change you'll definitely notice when you leave your buddies in the dust on the skinner. Scarpa finished off the Gea RS with a grippy Vibram rubber sole, so you'll be steady and confident while traversing icy ridges and slick scree fields.
- A powerful terrain-crushing touring boot
- Stiff 120 flex for aggressive skiers
- 101mm last accommodates medium to wide feet
- Carbon-infused Grilamid shell with Pebax tongue
- Women-specific moldable Intuition liner
- 60-degree range of motion maximizes uphill efficiency
- Vibram soles holds traction on icy bootpacks
- Low-profile three buckle closure
- Item #SCR005G
- Q & A
Initial Fitting Impressions
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
First Impression: There is a lot going on with the 4 different buckle types.
I tried these on along with the Scarpa F1, Scarpa Freedom SL, and the Technica Zero G Guide Pro.
I am trying to fit a med-wide foot, low arch, and HUGE calves, and looking for a boot that can handle my weight, and skier type, plus the weight of my camera gear/heavy pack driving the boot.
The Gea RS is the narrowest of the bunch, and the included footbed curves up on the sides, essentially making the footbed feel even narrower. I dropped the footbed from the Freedom SL in there to compare, and it definitely improved the situation a bit, but the boot itself is noticeably narrower.
I found plenty of adjustment length in the lower buckle over the toe box, as strange as the reverse buckle design in.
The midfoot ratchet strap had plenty of length to it.
Unfortunately, the buckle around the calf was completely maxed out and difficult to close. I had to use the top booster strap to get the shell closed enough to then get the buckle to hook in so I could close it.
When leaning forward in the boot, whether it was in ski or walk mode, and regardless of adjusting the tongue, or having the boots buckled tighter or looser, there was a really uncomfortable pressure point low in the front of my shin. As if my shin would fold over this one spot. I couldn't quite pin-point it as it didn't seem to coincide with any of the buckles, and adjusting the tongue did not seem to change it.
I am sure these boots will work for someone out there. The initial fitting didn't leave me super confident that investing in bootwork would make them work for my feet. It's a bummer since they are stiffer than the F1, but I found the F1 to fit far better for my foot/calf, along with the the Technica Zero G Guide Pro.
On a side note, the buckles are more of a neon-coral-orange in person.