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Scarpa Maestrale Alpine Touring Boot

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    The legend returns.

    Scarpa's Maestrale 1.0 Alpine Touring Boot is the best-selling AT boot of all time, and it's back for this winter plus some attitude and minus a few ounces. It's been trimmed down to just over three pounds, but kept the 39° of cuff rotation, 100 flex rating, and 101mm last that made it such a capable, comfortable boot on the ascent as well as the descent. The most significant upgrade is the new Mirage Pro ski/walk mode, which uses two locking pins for bombproof stability on the way down and makes for easier switching between climbing and descending modes. Scarpa's also hooked the Maestrale up with a stiff, powerful Evo V-Frame cuff and a heat-moldable Intuiation Pro Flex G liner that'll give you seasons of serious comfort and warmth after a quick trip to the bootfitter.

    A smooth, consistent, and progressive flex is seriously important if you're going to chow down on big-time terrain, so the Maestrale's been designed with Scarpa's exclusive Axial Alpine closure: the stiff Pebax tongue hinges at the toe of the boot and actually pivots to the side, making it easy to get the boot on and off and giving you total control of the boot's volume all the way through the forefoot. You won't have to sweat pinched or sloppy feet, as each buckle pulls the tongue in instead of clamping it shut more tightly, letting the tongue flex naturally and predictably. The buckles themselves are made of lightweight magnesium, and the top one features a Tour-Lock clasp that keeps the bale securely in the ladder, even when unbuckled, for easy re-buckling when you're ready to shred. There is a Fitting Indicator System to help line up the Dynafit Quick Step-In tech fittings with your bindings, and a Vibram Cayman rubber sole to take the pucker factor out of traversing exposed rock and ice; yeah, the Maestrale has it all.

    • Pebax Renew shell with Pebax tongue
    • 100 flex and 101mm last
    • Heat-moldable Intuition Pro Flex G liner
    • Mirage Pro ski/walk mechanism with 39° range of motion
    • Dynafit Quick Step-In tech inserts with Fitting Indicator System
    • Axial Alpine tongue construction
    • Vibram Cayman rubber sole
    • Evo V-Frame cuff with Air Ventilation
    • Four Mirage magnesium buckles with wiregate Tour-Lock buckle clasp
    • Item #SCR000Z

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    [shell] Pebax Rnew, [tongue] Pebax
    Flex
    100
    Last Width
    101 mm
    Buckles
    4
    Buckle Material
    magnesium
    Lean Angle
    [lean angle] 16 / 20 deg, [cuff range of motion] 39 deg
    Walk Mode
    yes, Mirage Pro
    Liner
    Intuition Pro Flex G
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    yes
    Binding Compatibility
    tech, AT
    Sole
    Vibram Cayman
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 27] 3 lb 2 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Hooked for life.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Admittedly, these were my first ever AT boot, but they'll likely be my last. I've watched friends struggle with La Sportiva and BD AT boots on our Wasatch outings, but I have yet to experience any foot/ankle soreness or the slightest hint of a blister, even from the first day I took them out a little over a year ago. These are so easy to adjust to perfection, but you really don't even have to because the liners are so well thought out. I didn't heat mold my liners but I might as well have because they shaped themselves to my foot so well. Shout-out to Intuition! Switching between walk and ski mode is a breeze and I love how the plastic tongue pivots out of the way to make donning/doffing easier. I'm not the most advanced skier, but for me the 100 stiffness feels totally adequate from chutes to wide-open bowls. I very well may try out some other options in their line at some point, but the Maestrales have made me a Scarpa loyalist.

    Hooked for life.

    Great Touring Boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Very good touring boot. Comfortable on the ascent in walk mode, with very good performance in ski mode on the descent. Good fit (for my foot obviously), after extended wear, they are great! With the intuition liner, the comfort and warmth is awesome. As far as ski boots in general go(not just AT boots), these are probably the most comfortable I have ever worn. The walk mode also feels really nice while boot packing in terrain where your skis are on your back and crampons might be on your feet. Really impressed so far and I'm looking forward to more days with these. An addition of the SuperFeet Green Insole is a nice addition as well!

    Please reach out to me if you are looking at any AT boots. I'd love to help you out with sizing and fit to find the perfect boot; especially with Scarpa as they are slightly sizing different than others.

    Hands down - the best

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was looking for weight savings for touring coming from the Scarpa Freedoms. Not only are these boots a lot lighter but they feel amazing on the feet on the way up and on the way down. After many years of searching I believe i have found my favorite ski boot!

    Comfortable... for a ski boot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had these for over a year now, they have treated me quite well. They are super comfy (for me, it varies by the foot of course), very efficient on the up-hill, and "good enough" on the down-hill. I say good enough, but that is realistically all that can be expected from a true touring boot. Anything the truly rips downhill like a full on alpine boot is going to punish you on the up-hill. This boot is a solid mix of up and down performance. I've used them with various skis all around 110mm waist, and between 186-190cm length. Considering that size of those skis and my weight (195lbs) I'd say it's pretty impressive that the boots hold up at all. They definitely squish in places that my alpine boots do not, but again that's a compromise I can live with for something that lets me comfortably ascend long tours.



    Boots are super personal, but I give these a 5 star rating for meeting their intended purpose and claimed performance perfectly.

    Comfortable... for a ski boot

    Just as expected

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is the first Alpine boot of any type that I have purchased (prefer Nordic, but will use AT gear so I can join in with the resort crowd) so can't compare to anything but rental boots.

    Comments on size: I wear 13 in most footwear (Rossignol, Salomon, Merrill) and 12.5 in a few others (Nike, Brooks) - in this boot the 30.5 was perfect for length and width. The volume of this shell was high for me so I added an insole (SuperFeet Green). This skied fine for several days, but there was still some play due to the volume and some uncomfortable pressure on the shins. After having the liners thermo-molded, the fit could not be better.

    Spring skiing review and use test

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Who am I?
    52 year old 5' 10" size 8.5/9.0 street shoe. Black Diamond Convert + Dynafit TLT Radical 260 Scarpa Maestrale 1.0 used 6 times late season Vermont.

    Previous boot: Black Diamond Factor

    Fit
    Out of the box the Maestrale fit my left foot nearly perfectly. A little tight on the instep but perfect length. Per usual the right boot was tight (I'm about a 1/4 size larger right foot). Thermo forming helped with the fit of the left boot and had a substantial (unexpected) improvement on the feel of the tongue for both. The right boot was still tight - but after skiing it a few times I still think I got the right size.

    Flex - on the way up
    Coming from the Factor you would think that the climbing performance would have been amazingly improved between the two but what I found was that on the steep uphill I wasn't taking advantage of the improved flex of the Maestrale. Kicking steps and huffing up very steep skin tracks didn't feel dramatically different from the Factor. What I found instead was that hiking on flat was amazing, as was skinning on less steep approaches.

    Flex - on the way down
    I was pretty concerned about getting a boot that would be too soft for a wide ski like the Convert (105mm underfoot). What I found was the the Maestrale is more buckle "flex dependent" than any other boot I've owned. If you look closely at the inside of the boot there is an engagement notch between the upper and lower portion of the shell. This, combined with the fairly soft flex of the orange material, means that if the buckles aren't tightened all around well the boot can feel floppy on the way down. Once I figured this out, I found that by thoroughly tightening the buckles and power strap I could make the boot feel close to the Factor stiffness (110). Given that I've been skiing warm spring weather only (60F+) I think that winter stiffness will be fine even for a 105mm ski.

    Overall
    Overall craftsmanship is pretty amazing. The intuition liner is all it is made out to be - warm and perfectly "dense". Buckles to have a tendency to rotate when loosened - i'll want to use some loctite to hold them in place once I sort out exactly where i want them to be. Hiking and climbing performance are excellent and for the sort of 1-2 hour approach followed by 20 minutes of great moderately steep descents that I have in Vermont, i think I've found the perfect boot...

    Spring skiing review and use test

    Best boot ever

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I cannot say enough good things about the Maestrale and wish I had upgraded sooner. I am pushing 40 days this season and recently had to divorce my Dynafit Titans for irreconcilable differences - I have wide feet and after two seasons of getting murdered on long tours by the Dynafits it was time for a change.



    The Maestrale not only fits like a glove out of the box but the intuition liners are a going to be a joy for my feet here in frigid New England. The range of motion in the walk feature is fantastic and overall these boots are slightly less stiff than the Titans but still plenty good enough for big lines on my DPS Wailer 112s.



    Another HUGE upside; the sole is a full mountaineering sole, not just a toe and heel like many tech boots. Scarpa's lineage as a mountaineering boot company shows through here and it makes a big difference when walking and climbing. These are simply the MOST COMFORTABLE ski boots I have ever had on my feet.



    The best compliment I can give them is as follows - I bought them just prior to an annual 3-day backcountry trip to Mt. Washington (NH) and did not heat mold them. Three days, four boot packs, two skins and thousands of vertical feet later I had zero foot issues. Several of my buddies had their feet chewed up during climbs and spent the trip in agony, whereas I would be the last guy out of my boots in the parking lot during apres beers. Simply amazing.



    As other reviewers have noted, these only work with tech setups, not AT bindings.

    Best boot ever

    So far so good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This winter has been in the dumps pretty much but I have about five days on these so far this year. Haven't toured on them yet though. Been very pleased with these so far, comfortable out of the box for me. Good downhill ability and I'll be looking forward to getting them in the backcountry soon.

    The Maestrale Rises.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Do you like wearing deliciously comfortable foot-gloves on the uphill, and then have the power to drive your planks of powder slaying wisdom on the downhill?



    Do you believe in unicorns? - because these are unicorns. Let me explain.



    For YEARSS- I have fought with the demonry of my feet. Having grown up punishing them in ski racing boots, and since shoving them in climbing shoes every summer, they hate me. The Maestrale sits within the "Unicorn" realm of unrivaled comfort, with an incredible range in walk mode, intuition liners that mold with your feet just by using them, adjustability of 4 buckles, and vibram souls. WHILE - also having the ability to shred powerfully on the downhill with stiff pebax construction, tongue design, and buckle configuration that gives you seemingly inconceivable stiffness (what i would say is close to 115 if racheted down correctly) -



    If you've struggled to find a boot that will not ruin your feet - look no further.



    I wear a 9.5 (closer to a 9.25 but that's just to be precise) shoe size - and I got these in a 26.0 - the first few tours were a bit tight (as i did not heat mold the liners prior, which you can do, but i find with intuition molding them just by body heat and use alone makes for a better fit for me) -



    I also removed the footbeds as the intuition liners can serve as amazing footbeds on their own in the same body heat molding process.



    Now they fit like a glove! and I've walked over 30 miles in them with my skis on my back across dirt and rocks in Patagonia, the Southeastern desert mountain ranges of Utah, and the Wasatch.



    These are a tool, not a boot. They go places, and just happen to have invited you along for the ride.



    Yes. The Legend Continues...



    Photo - Driving so hard my pole basket makes a guest appearance.



    The Maestrale Rises.
    Unanswered Question

    Could I get safe release using this boot with my Marker Baron AT bindings? I would like to get some tech bindings in the future, but probably cannot afford the boots and tech bindings at the same time.

    Unanswered Question

    Until I can afford a set of tech bindings I have to use the Marker Barons. I read in the discussion about the first boot you mentioned that is in stock that they really don't fit acceptably in the Barons without modifying the foot with an alpine (lift-serviced) piece. I would hope not to do that.

    Are these compatible with 2015 salomon guardians?

    I'm not a big guy (5'9, 165 pluss pack weight). Would this boot in some steeper terrain at moderate speeds be pushing it too much? Ski width 95-105mm range. How does it compare to the new Scott Orbit II?

    Hey!

    I have the Salomon Guardian binding, and bought these boots because I read that they can be used with AT bindings. Can someone confirm this?

    Will them fit a Marker Squire binding?

    Best Answer

    Axo, why ask the question if you are going to argue with the answer...? It sounds like you have already made up your mind.

    I suppose you could "use" it with these bindings, but you would need to realize that it is NOT intended for that use. They are your knees so I guess it's up to you.

    Get something with switchable soles or a Tech binding

    Are these compatible with standard alpine ski bindings? Will they pass DIN certification with a standard alpine ski binding?

    How would you say these boots compare to the Rush? I am looking for a more flexible shell. I have wide-ish calves. Ski mixed terrain. Use skins in backcountry.

    Will these boots accomodate the Marker Tour F12 EPF Alpine Touring Binding? Asked another way will the Scarpa Maestrale 1.0 Alpine Touring Boot work with the Marker Tour F12 EPF Alpine Touring Binding?

    Where does the shell size break on this boot? For example, are the 27.5 and 28.0 the same shell, or are the 28.0 and 28.5 the same shell? Thanks!