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Scarpa Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot

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Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot

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
  • 125 flex is Scarpa's second stiffest Maestrale
  • 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
  • Vibram sole ensures reliable traction on windblown ridges
  • Item #SCR009C

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

Tech Specs

California Proposition 65

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Cancer and Reproductive Harm - P65Warnings.ca.gov

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>Rating: 4

Almost Perfect

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
29.5
Height
6` 4"
Weight
215 lbs

I skied the old style MastraleRS for years before deciding on a this newer pair. As a taller skier, some other brands have traditionally had shorter cuffs and I LOVE the fit of Scarpa’s so getting a new pair of MastraleRS was a no brainer. This version is lighter and has a better ROM for touring/boot packing and ski very similarly to the old RS. As a bigger skier, these boots are still very capable in a range of conditions. There are however a few design annoyances (not flaws): 1) the newer cuff-overlap design and cable buckle can get caught up, so you need to make sure everything is in place before clamping your buckles. 2) The Walk/Ski lever can get jammed up with ice and can require a triple check to make sure your locked in to ski mode before dropping in. VERDICT: A great all-around AT boot. Light enough for longer approaches, yet stiff enough to give plenty of confidence in variable conditions even for taller/ heavier skiers.

>Rating: 5

Best boot I’ve owned...

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
12 US
Height
6` 0"
Weight
185 lbs

Short and sweet: Light, stiff, warm and comfortable. Walk mode works great! ( just remember to snap the bars back before a run...oops!) Advise wearing them around the house for the equivalent of 2-3 days to set the liners and loosen them up. Excellent product! NOTE: Not all bindings work with this boot. Clip in points are higher, so bindings have to adjust vertically if that makes sense.

>Rating: 5

Amazing boots, high quality!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Size Bought
26.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
160 lbs

I bought these boots in Tahoe City after trying on 2 or 3 other boots, and these fit my feet the best. The shop guys loved these boots and highly recommended them. I took them out about 20x this season on a mix of touring and resort riding. I was pretty shocked to see the terrible reviews they are getting here. I don't discredit what anyone has written, rather I wanted to give my impression. The boots are some of the easiest I've ever had in regards to getting into and out of. The buckles close pretty easily, although the ankle one is sometimes a bit tough to get open, but not rip your skin off hard. They are stiff enough for me, especially when considering how light these bad boys are. I think the lightness will lead them to degrade faster than heavy/bombproof boots, but I expect to get at least 5 seasons at 60 - 70x a season in them. After 20x so far this season, there is little/no sign of wear. On the tour mode, they work well. My heels fill out the heel cup, but understand that every foot is different. The lever to change from walk to tour mode works well for me. Honestly, these are awesome boots, and while I empathize with the other reviewers, their woes have not been my experience.

>Rating: 1

Good performance, poor quality

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I had these boots for a bit over a season's worth of skiing. They are fairly light, ski reasonably hard, and tour well. Unfortunately the quality is quite poor. The power straps fell apart in less than a season, buckles are working loose, and the walk mode pull tabs are gone. Most recently one of the walk mode switches failed catastrophically (see photo). On most boots a new switch could be installed but because the receiver bar ripped out of the plastic scaffo due to the inadequate design, the boot cannot be repaired. Scarpa feels this is acceptable and will not support it at all. Personally I think an $800 boot should last more than 1 year and if a part cannot be repaired, it should be built to never fail, but hey, I don't work for Scarpa so I guess I don't get it. ***Update*** I bodged together the broken walk mode to ski a few more weeks, but the other walk mode has now failed as well. With both failing in a span of two weeks. This appears to be a systemic problem with the boot so I reduced the rating to 1 star.

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Ehhhh... what where you doing with those boots to wear them to the point which they look like this? That they work at all at this point is miraculous.

>Rating: 4

Overall fantastic boot

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I wanted to respond to the 1 star review. FWIW; I am a large, aggressive skier. I have skied the old Maestrale, and this one is noticeably lighter, stiffer and has a better range of motion. The stiffness to weight ration is fantastic, giving me all the support I need to ski downhill as aggressively as I want. I now ski this boot in bounds as well, as it is all I need and more comfortable than my alpine style boots. I don't have any trouble getting my foot in and out of the boot, just make sure you open the boot up ALL THE WAY. It is a bit fiddle getting the liners in and out at first, but pretty easy after a bit of practice. I do agree about the heel pocket being too large on this boot and I have gotten a blister on the skin track (I have an unusually narrow heel compared to a wide for foot, and this is a common problem across all touring boots), but this can be mediated by heel shims and proper adjustment of the strap over the arch. With a smaller heel pocket, I'd give this boot 5 stars, and I never give 5 stars.

Are you aware of any AT boots that would more closely fit that foot shape (narrow heel and wide forefoot)?

>Rating: 1

Scarpa Maestrale RS

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I have a 5 year old pair of these boots that I love, the best boots I ever had. They are wearing out so last spring I bought a new pair. WTF? Did Scarpa ever hear of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"? (1) The old boots were so easy to get into with the hinged tongue. The new boots are a total struggle to get your foot into ... and, amazingly, to get your foot out of. (2) The buckle across the ankle - why is it so hard to push down and to pull up? I have to bang on it to close it. To pull it up at the end of the day to get my foot out, I have to remember to do it with a glove on, or I will rip skin off my finger. (3) The walk lever - the old one was just easy. This one won't lock into ski mode without fiddling and banging on it, especially if there is snow on the back of the boot. (4) This may be just my foot, but I have worked on these boots multiple times to stop the heel slip that causes blisters, to no avail. It seems like the ankle bumps that make it so hard to get in and out of are designed to prevent heel slip, but it doesn't work for my foot. So, my overall reaction is, Scarpa has perfected how to take a great product and turn it into a crappy product.

I initially found them really hard to get out of but if you ensure they are in ski mode before removing them, it makes a world of difference. When you flip the into walk for walking from the edge of the snow to the car, you naturally try to remove them like that but it makes it a total pain.

Totally agree - your post sums up my feelings as well. Owned the older model - semi hard to get that tongue flipped up - now they seem wonderful compared to this new model. What a pain to get on and off - agree - put on in walk mode -take off in ski mode. Also the diameter of the liner above ankle is over sized - pulling laces does nothing as it is still loose even when pulled as tight as possible. Agree walk mode system is terrible design. Buckle/Tongue design both failures. No excuse when you can build a prototype on a three-D printer. OK - it's light and warm but made for larger volume feet (not sure how a larger foot would actually get in and out.) I tried a volume reduction with a thin pad under my footbed and it didn't work. Try them on before you buy!

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Is this model different from 2017 modle which is being recalled

2017 was the first year for the new design. They have fixed the issue with the shell. I have the 2019 and there’s no issues whatsoever. It’s a great boot