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Scarpa Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot - Men's

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    Runs in the family.

    Scarpa is a family-owned company that's been designing mountain footwear from its home base in Asolo, Italy since 1938. So, it should come as no surprise that when Scarpa went to work redesigning one of its most successful alpine touring boots, it didn't just throw out what it's learned through the years to start from scratch, but built off a solid foundation to refine what's become one of the most reliable and versatile touring boots in the backcountry. On the surface, the revamped Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot doesn't appear to have a lot in common with the original Maestrale, but it's built on the same roomy 101mm last for comfort on the ascent and maintains much of the key features that have made the original Maestrale one of the most popular AT boots in the industry.

    Trimming weight from an already lightweight boot is no easy feat, but Scarpa was able trim over five ounces from each boot—while making the boot stiffer in the process. This is achieved by making the shell from a lightweight Grilamid and reinforcing it with Grilamid LFT, which uses long-strand carbon fiber to increase rigidity and keep weight to a minimum. The full Grilamid cuff is vented to let body heat escape and is backed by an OutDry waterproof, breathable membrane so snow doesn't work its way through to the liner when you're breaking trail through knee-deep powder or setting the bootpack up a narrow couloir.

    The original Maestrale certainly had its quirks—namely, a prone-to-freezing walk mode and hinged tongue that liked to break at inopportune situations—but the newest iteration of the Maestrale eliminates both these issues by overhauling both components. Replacing the old single-hinge tongue with a fixed split Pebax tongue gives the boot the progressive forward flex of a three-piece alpine boot, and the friction-free walk mode takes the 37-degree cuff rotation of the original Maestrale and dials it up to 60 degrees. And since the metal-on-metal mechanism is external, you won't have to worry about the walk mode icing up when it's really cold out. One of the more unique features on the Maestrale is the boot's cable-style buckle that works similarly to a self-equalizing anchor to evenly distribute pressure along the tongue for a responsive, powerful feel during the descent.

    • Progressive alpine touring boots with an aggressive flex
    • Shell combines Grilamid with long-strand carbon to save weight
    • Three-piece shell with Pebax tongue for a smooth forward flex
    • Wide 101mm last for added comfort on the ascent
    • Friction-free walk mode with 60-degree cuff rotation
    • Fully moldable Intuition liner provides a comfortable fit
    • Vented cuff with waterproof, breathable Outdry membrane
    • Vibram sole ensures reliable traction on windblown ridges
    • Item #SCR005F

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    [shell] carbon Grilamid LFT, [cuff] Grilamid, [tongue] Pebax
    Flex
    125
    Last Width
    101mm
    Buckles
    3
    Lean Angle
    14-18°
    Walk Mode
    Speedlock Plus, 60° cuff rotation
    Liner
    Intuition Cross Fit Pro Flex G
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    yes
    Liner Closure
    lace
    Binding Compatibility
    tech, alpine touring
    DIN Certified
    ISO 9523
    Sole
    Vibram Cayman Pro
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 27] 3lb 1oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing, freeride/powder skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Shell Issues

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought these boots in December and the shell cracked over the toes. Looks like some other people have had the same issue. Also, the narrow fit through the mid foot means that most people will probably have to punch it. I have a narrow toe box and narrow ankle. But through the mid foot my foot widens. Probably not the best choice for me, but after having it punched was okay.

    wait for the next version

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Since my review is bit long let me start with the conclusion: I would not buy these boots until Scarpa folks figure out how to fix a couple of design issues.

    I had been skiing in the original version of the Maestrale RS (those with the front flap that swings to the side on hinges) for the last two seasons and I liked them. They are a good fit for my relatively wide feet, are quite stiff, and walk well. I bought the new RSes hoping that they would be an improved version of the original, but they have not met my expectations.
     
    Let me start with the positives
    · The boot is noticeably lighter
    · The boot feels stiffer, most likely due to how the front of the boot is now one continues piece instead of a “flap over” part. So on the descent the boot preforms very well.
    · The range of motion in the walking mode is improved
    · The single front buckle with the cable is more convenient than the two buckles on the original version
    · The boot feels warmer, possibly because of the new liner.
     
    Now let's get to the not-so-positive
    · The walk-ski mode lever ices up in two places. One is the horizontal bar on which is laches in the ski (down) position. The other is the opening in the shell that the lever fits into in the ski (down) position. Worse, if you don't check it carefully it may latch half way, give you an impression that the boot is in the ski mode, and then disengage right when you need to push the ski tips down in a tight turn.
    · The shape of the shell has changed. The front and the toe-box feel about the same, but the middle section is narrower. You will not notice that immediately, but you will after walking for a few days when the outside of your feet right across the arch starts hurting.
    · Getting into the boot is somewhat tricky to the point that the Scarpa folks posted a YouTube vide of how to do it. The lacing on the liners is an unnecessary ornament, as there is no way you could lace them outside of the boot and then step into the shells, which by the way is easy in the original version. This is because of the design of the front of the boot which neither bands forward nor does it easily move to the side.
    · Getting the liners out of the shells to dry them after a day in the backcountry is like pulling teeth. But the real challenge comes when putting them back in the shells. The Scarpa folks know about it because they posted yet another YouTube vide of how to do that. On the vide it looks simple, but if you have stiff insoles in the liners this is a two-person operation - one person keeps the upper part of the shell tilted back and open while the other literary “crumples” the liners in. Also, it is impossible to put insoles into the liners while they are already in the shells, which makes heat-molding the liners an interesting challenge.

    The reason for the issues is that the upper part of the front of the boot does not open neither forward nor to the side. The Scarpa folks call their design a "back entry", but in reality it is a somewhat inconvenient hybrid between back and front entry . This is what I hope we will see improved in the next versions of the boot, and hence my recommendation to wait.

    Serious issues with shells cracking

      This boot skis and tours great. But the shells have a serious problem with cracking. I had both boots crack after about 25 ski days. Sent them to scarpa and warrantied them. Unfortunately I skied them about 10 days and the shells cracked again. I would not buy this boot. No matter how good it skis or tours it's not worth anything if you can't trust it to not break after 10 days

      Serious issues with shells cracking

      Great boots!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I needed a wider boot, with a stiff flex for aggressive skiing, and light enough for long tours. So far these boots have fit the bill quite nice. They are warm and comfortable right out of the box. They ski very well, although I wish there was a little more forward lean. In walk mode they are excellent. The walk mode switch sometimes gets iced up and doesn't want to click in, but it only takes a little effort to get it cleared. So far I like them better than my Dynafit vulcans. Curious to see how long they last, as I was able to get 4 seasons out of my other boots.

      Great boots!

      Perfect touring boot and great inbounds

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I was looking for a beefier boot for both inbounds and out of bounds. The Maestrale RS was the perfect solution! It is light and flexible--great for long tours, but also great on the downhill.

      Crispy for that Instagram

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Look like a pro without any experience. Just slip these on and off you go.

      Stiffness without restriction and great for BC or resort. Add bricks of lead inside if they're too lightweight for you.

      So nice

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These boots only come in full sizes in the shell so if you are buying the half sizes it will only be a thicker liner and I needed to get these custom molded but these boots are so nice the 120 flex let’s you push hard on these boots but the tour mode gives such a range of motion it keeps you in motion! The latch to engage ski mode is so simple that if a problem does a occur it can be fixed easily even though I have not yet had any major problems!

      Super Light Touring Boot

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I got these for my boyfriend as his touring specific boot for longer days out in the Backcountry, as they are super light and have a huge range of motion in walk mode. Scarpa is known in the industry as making the most technical touring boot and the Maestrale is no exception - though I wouldn't recommend this boot if you are trying to ski super aggressive terrain and would look at a boot with a stiffer flex, the Scarpa Maestrale gets him through longer approaches and bigger days more comfortably and faster than any other boot!

      Up and down combo perfection.

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      These boots are the perfect combination of up and downhill performance. They're pretty light and super comfortable for long tours, and they're stiff and secure enough to rip turns confidently on the descent. There's a huge range of motion in walk mode so it feels really natural to walk uphill and the soles are grippy enough to cross scree fields and climb icy bootpacks.

      Unanswered Question

      Do the shells break on the full size and is it the same as the older Maestrales. My orange Maestrales 1st gen are 26.0, (somewhat roomy in the heel) but my Techica Mach 1 LV are 25.5. (performance 1 finger shell fit)

      I'm confused by the logo on the shell. I'm under the impression that there is an RS and RS2 with identical color schemes. When I look at REI, I see a boot with the RS2 logo, while Evo and Backcountry show the RS logo, but the prices are all pretty much the same. Is it just a case of out of date photos or is the boot on BC an older model? Thanks for your help.