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    For those about to shred.

    Remember when backcountry touring meant wool sweaters and knickers, skinny skis, leather boots, and low-angle turns while whistling carefree tunes? Neither does the hard-charging Scarpa Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot. Wool is great, as are mellow turns, but the Maestrale's more interested in shredding the crap out of steep chutes, ripping big faces, and slaying deep pow. It's 20% stiffer and only 1.5oz heavier than the old Maestrale, with a burly 120 flex, stiff polyamide shell, and stout power strap that provide plenty of juice when the lines get big but still checks in at under 3.5 lbs for most sizes, so you'll be able to make it up the skin track faster than your partner. The cuff also rotates a full 37°, which isn't too far behind many more uphill-oriented AT boots. Scarpa's new Mirage Pro ski/walk mode makes it super easy to switch between uphill and downhill settings, and locks the cuff to the shell with two stiff metal pins for serious power and control without the risk of coming unlocked when you don't want it to. In conjunction with the Evo V-Frame cuff, this gives the Maestrale plenty of fore and aft stiffness, so you'll be able to crush it without feeling like you're wobbling backwards and forwards. 

    Perhaps the Maestrale's most distinctive feature is the stiff Axial Alpine Pebax tongue, which hinges at the toe and pivots out away from the boot for super easy entry and exit, as well as a smooth and progressive flex that eliminates stiff and dead spots. It cinches down better than traditional overlap-style shells for uniform volume control through the forefoot, eliminating pinching and slop, and the oversize Zeus buckles and Predator HRS instep strap increase heel hold and power without making the Maestrale heavy and clunky. It comes complete with a heat-moldable Intuition Pro Flex RS liner and Vibram Cayman rubber sole for a customizable fit and serious traction, respectively, and features Dynafit Quick Step-In tech inserts with the Fitting Indicator System for friction-free pivoting and easy alignment with your bindings when you're stepping in, even in deep snow. You're welcome to keep waxing poetic about the golden old days of backcountry skiing, but the Maestrale RS will be too busy ripping to listen.

    • Polyamide shell with Pebax tongue
    • 120 flex and 101mm last
    • Heat-moldable Intuition Pro Flex RS liner
    • Mirage Pro ski/walk mechanism with 37° 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 oversized Zeus buckles and a Predator HRS instep strap
    • Item #SCR001D

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    [shell] polyamide, [tongue] Pebax
    Last Width
    101 mm
    Lean Angle
    [lean angle] 16 / 20 deg, [cuff range of motion] 37 deg
    Walk Mode
    yes, Mirage Pro
    Intuition Pro Flex RS
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    Binding Compatibility
    tech, AT
    Vibram Cayman
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 27] 3 lb 7 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring, big mountain
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    The "Do It All" Boot.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you're looking at this review it probobly means you're interested in this boot. Look no further. I originally had the non RS model and found that they were alittle bit flexy for hard charging so I upgraded to the RS model. The added stiffness of the RS helps you stomp landings and get the full potential out of your skis. If you do a good mix of lift riding and touring you will be very happy with this purchase.

    The "Do It All" Boot.

    Great boots!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have some 5 year old Maestrales and loved them but got bigger skis and felt the boots weren't stiff enough for them. These are a lot stiffer and yet seem to be better at touring! I'll gladly trade the small weight disadvantage for the improved downhill performance!

    Too Much Comprimise

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    On paper this boot appears to be the Holy Grail for backcountry hard-chargers who have ditched the resort for lawless powder slaying on steep technical lines that would be the envious desire of any ski film movie star, and are looking for a boot that can handle the barbell bending power of their offseason training. In the end, however, this boot sacrifices some of the uphill comfort of a traditional touring-focused boot, but fails to deliver superior performance on the down.
    Like many touring boots, the skier cannot precisely engage the foot to the ski from the mid-arch through the toes. There is the back-seat sensation that, even when in an aggressive stance, the boot is only applying pressure to the ski from the mid-arch to the heel. This results in a numb feeling with the ski and the snow. Furthermore, the boot lacks any improved lateral stiffness over a lighter and more comfortable touring boot.
    Numb ski control and a lack of lateral stiffness is common in a lot of touring gear, and given a pass by those focused on gaining vert or who don’t regularly charge steep technical lines. If however, you are using the Dynafit Radical 2.0, G3 Ion, or Marker Kingpin, all which have a forward pressure setting, this numbness is no longer mandatory.
    If your mission is to precisely carve a proper tribute to the powder gods upon the canvas so graciously laid down among the rocks, trees, and steep wind-swept alpine faces, then this boot will probably disappoint. If you have already taken the weight penalty of a higher performance tech binding like those mentioned above, I suggest taking a small weight penalty on the boot as well and investigate the options from Tecnica and Lange.
    This boot is adequate for making smooth turns in open terrain with some speed, but you aren’t looking to drop serious coin on boot, hike your ass off in single digit temps under a headlamp, and stand over a fresh powder garden divinely illuminated by the few rays of the rising sun piercing the clouds of the last bountiful storm to make adequate turns! You are there to lay such epic trench that no one dare even think of making a figure eight out of your line.
    Think this boot still cuts the mustard for those looking to add a ski toting selfie from the summit of some rad peak that requires more rappels than powder turns to descend; think again! The same lack of foot pressure balance that limits the precision of this boot when carving turns, limits traction on technical skin tracks. The rockered sole doesn’t fit crampons properly, but I suppose a benefit of that is the extra Kegel exercises you will get from the added pucker factor of trying to climb in these boots. If you want to climb, stick with boots that focus on doing that well.
    Bottom line is that this boot tries to be all things but does none well.
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    So far, I'm happy

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

    I've had these out for a couple of tours and they feel good. The last is nice and provides good room for my toes but I'm able to get a solid fit on the rest of my foot to provide performance.

    My foot is high volume but not necessarily really wide. The 101 mm last seems to work great. I haven't had the liners molded yet and I'll likely require some small bits of work on them.

    As has been reported the tongue movement is a bit awkward but all in all I should be able to live with it.

    The boots are stiff for a dedicated touring boot and would likely be serviceable as an in-bounds boot when needed.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got these boots since I needed to replace my blown out BD Factor MX 130's. Coming from this boot which has a higher cuff I was used to being able to drive any of my skis very aggressively. I tested these day 1 at the resort and on the first turn, I folded them over more than any other boot I had owned. I was shocked and a bit terrified as these were going to be my hard charging backcountry boots for big lines. These boots are a compromise between the world of light and fast and hard charging performance. Unfortunately they don't do either extremely well. After a few runs I got used to the lower cuff. You simply cant ski these aggressively like a race boot. They take a bit of finesse and do very well in soft snow conditions.

    The weight savings are really noticeable on the way up. I was able to shave time off my regular tours without added effort, which is invaluable on big days. They did well driving my light touring setup on the down in soft snow. The flex is more noticeable in firm conditions.

    The rockered sole is nice for the stride, but I find the severity of the rocker to be an issue with matching crampons. I have smaller feet (size 24.5/25 mondo) and find many crampon toe bails dont mate with this boot very well. I've gone so far as to mix and match different brand crampon parts to get a more secure fit.

    These boots are far from perfect and a friend of mine had the cabrio cuff crack on his first day in them in cold conditions, but so far I have had great luck with the durability. The buckle adjustments tighten down nicely, the toe pin connection works flawlessly, and the ski walk mode had a fantastic range of motion.

    If I could do it all again I would probably get the Scarpa SL120 for driving my bigger skis and continuing to take the hit on weight and the Dynafit TLT 7 for light and fast missions.

    Revision: After about 35 days use the togue hinge on my boot broke as shown below. It doesn't greatly impact the skiability. Customer service is great to deal with.


    Great boot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these two years ago for glacier skiing with BD amps and Dynafit's. Last Winter I skied about 1,000,000 vertical feet downhill on them with Line Supernatural 100's and Solomon Warden bindings. Worked really well and pretty much powered through a variety of conditions. For me the biggest plus was the warmth and comfort, allowing long ski days without foot fatigue. Once you get the trick of popping the hinged tongue open the entry and exit are easy enough. The fit with the Wardens and release seemed to be satisfactory and the ease of walking and traction are quite good.

    A good AT boot and with enough performance for most on piste applications.

    SNowboard to Tele and finally to AT.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I started snowboarding in New England in 1986 at a little mountain called Loon. I was 13, and it was the second best thing in the world to surfing.

    Moved to CO in 1998, tried tele. Loved it. But sucked at it. Moved back to New England in 03, and had zero fun on the snowboard due to my inability to ride the park without serious consequences. Acceptance was not happening, so i went and bought a tele setup and had a blast touring and struggling on blue runs.

    Last winter, almost blew out my knee deep in the woods on a tour, and decided it was time to try something that has a release mechanism. Bought the Kingpin 13 and these boots.

    I have now put about 10 days of resort skiing on them. Conditions have been horrible for a full time worker bee and no tours have happened.

    Review: Super comfortable boot. Had them heated and fit correctly (toe caps etc/) I'm a 10.5 US street shoe. Went with the 28.0
    Did five days in a row on Mon Tremblant, had a good day of 18"s of fresh. Awesome. -21f and feet were fine.

    Walk mode is similar to my BD Push. Tongue is akward, but i got used to it. Stiff enough for me, but for the hard charger, it might have some unwanted flex.

    Legit, but not too legit too quit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Overall a great boot. Skis and walks well. The only complaint I have is that I've broken the walk mode several times in one season. That being said, I work in my boots and am way harder on gear than your average guy. I wish they had the same walk mode as the freedoms.

    Almost the best

      I've been riding / touring the boot for about 30 days last season. It's great! I had few days on them before thermo moulding and I thought these felt like sleepers (still skied fine). After proper fitting and heat moulding these are awesome!

      New season is coming and all my piste skis are being fitted with bindings compatible with this boot. Seriously... I don't want to ride anything else.

      Why four stars? I think quality isn't worth 5 stars. I see some wear around tech inserts. Graphics are mostly gone (who cares?). Soles are ok but I see more wear than I'd like.

      For those feeling the cuff isn't high enough I advise to wrap the strap around the top of the liner tongue rather than around the boot tongue. Makes it feel much higher and stiffer (I'm 185cm and 95kg )

      Perfect BC boot

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This boot has been out for a few seasons now with minor mods and it continues to be the perfect balance of weight and performance for pow and ski mountaineering. It's light enough that you can haul it around all day and then enjoy ripping turns on the descent even on bigger stiffer skis. Scarpa fit has always been great for my feet and I never even have to cook the liners to fit I can just wear them right out of the box. The range of motion for touring is great, but once you lock them in they're as stiff as you need for the down. The in and out is a bit strange and I do struggle with it still, but it's a small annoyance that's worth the over-all package that is Mastrale RS!

      No quite right for me

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Here's my take after one season. The boot is impressive from a design and construction point of view. The funky tongue, which some complain about, is a cool feature--once you get used to it, it's very functional, and getting in/out is as easy as it gets. The light weight is awesome. The liner is nice. Fits my high instep much better than Dynafit offerings.

      Two reasons for not giving 5 stars. The first is that it just isn't enough boot for me. I'm not a cliff-hucking maniac, I'm just a bigger guy (190#, 6'3") who likes going down. The cuff is lower than some boots. I know, trade-offs, but on the whole feels a bit under powered.

      The other reason is odd, and relates to the sole tread. One lug on the heel binds up with the brake friction plate on my bindings (Dynafit Radical ST), and gets jammed up every time I come out of ski mode. A few times it's pulled off the plate completely, which is a bugger to put back.

      But 4 stars for a nice boot, even though I will need to get another pair.

      Huge fan of these boots

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I picked these boots up on pretty short notice towards the end of this season and immediately fell head over heals in love with them. One of the biggest reasons is that they happen to fit my foot like a glove, so there is that. I came to these from a pair of Tecnica Cochise Pro Lights, which are a good AT/crossover boot in their own right. The Maestrales fit my foot much better since they have quite a bit less volume, especially over the instep and ankle. The large range of motion in walk mode makes these boots really comfy for skinning and hanging around in, and when it's time to ski they lock down very solidly with no noticeable slop or play in the walk mechanism

      As others have mentioned, the tongue on these boots is a little funky. The tongue is hinged on the inside of each boot and rotates out to the side to help you get in and out. It takes a little getting used to, but I really like it. It makes getting in and out of cold boots really easy, especially if you put on the liners first, lace them up, and then shove your foot into a cold shell.

      In terms of skiing performance, I've been really impressed by these boots. They're stiff enough for everything I've thrown at them and have a really nice progressive flex pattern as you start pushing them harder. I've skied these on just about every sort of snow condition: spring slush, refrozen spring boilerplate crap, firm groomers, chopped up storm snow, and deep untouched powder. I've been really happy with the responsiveness and control in all of these conditions. These have been stiff enough to drive both my touring setup (Dynastar Cham 107 HM 190s with Dynafits) and my powder skis (Atomic Bent Chetler 193s with Marker Lord bindings). At the same time, these boots are plenty light for hiking and skinning. I do a decent mix of touring vs. resort skiing and I don't have the patience for a quiver of boots for different days. I've been really happy with these as a "compromise" between AT and alpine without feeling like I'm sacrificing downhill performance by being in an AT boot, or skinning with bricks on my feet by being in an alpine/crossover boot.

      For binding compatibility, these boots will NOT fit standard DIN bindings because of the rockered Vibram sole (which is not swapable with a DIN sole on these boots). These will fit any pin/tech AT binding (Dynafit, G3, Plum, etc). Marker Lords (and Dukes / Barons) have an adjustable toe height and a sliding AFD that Marker claims is compatible with AT boots. That being said, the rockered soles on these boots make for a very tight fit in the toe piece of a Marker Lord. In my experience, these boots have released just fine from my Lords both in the toe and the heel, but I'm not sure if they would necessarily pass a release test at a ski shop. I mounted my skis at home so I haven't had them officially checked by a ski shop, so take that with a grain of salt.

      As far as fit/sizing goes, my feet measure at a US 15 and I generally wear either a 14 or 15 in street shoes. I'm pretty average for width with relatively low arches and not a ton of volume around my ankle fold. I'm in a 30.5 boot and didn't have to do any work other than a quick heat mold on the liners. The shells can be punched and/or ground a bit by a professional boot fitter, but I haven't needed any of that.

      Mark, you are a US 15 and wear the mondo 30.5 boot? I'm a US 14.5 and have a standard sized foot otherwise and have been thinking about needing a mondo 31.5. Sadly there is no outfitter around me that will carry these boots, so I'm nervous about buying something that after a use or 2 I decide does not fit and I need to move up or down in size.

      Yeah, my feet measure at a US 15.0 and I'm in a mondo 30.5 in these boots. For street shoes I'm typically in between 14.0 and 15.0 depending on the brand. The length of these boots is spot on for me - I've got about 1-1.25cm of space behind my heel when I do a shell fit. I think you're best bet is to give the 30.5 a go and check the shell fit before you commit to keeping them. Shell fit means pull the liner out of the boot, put your foot in a ski sock and into the empty shell. Stand so your big toe is just touching the front of the shell and check how much space you have between the back of your heel and the back of the shell - having a friend measure the spacing is a huge help. Having 1-1.5cm of space is pretty standard for a snug "performance" fit - any less than 1.0 cm and you might be toeing the line on getting crunched.

      One thing to keep in mind with Scarpa is that their shells break on the half size and not the whole size. This means that a Scarpa 30.5 and a 31.0 are the same size shell, so if you're used to skiing a 31.0 in other brands, that would be comparable to a 30.5 in a Scarpa.

      I hope this helps! If you have any more specific questions fire off a chat or call (800-409-4502) to one of our gearheads - they've got a ton of knowledge and I know that a couple of our gearheads ski in Scarpas themselves so they can help you out with their experiences too.

      Size 15 street shoe, never a 14. My 31.5 Salomon Alpine 120 and 130 boots are perfect. Boot sole lengths on those are 356mm.
      Shell fit today from a dedicated backcountry shop in a 32 in this boot that he had on hand. Too small. Recommended from the bootfitter and from what I could tell on my feet that I needed to go with a 33.

      Not with out an issue.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      What I love: The fit of this boot is superior with the intuition liner. Though being lightweight, the boot is extremely stiff and performs and skis like an alpine boot. The walk mode is smooth.
      What I don't like: the tongue of the boots rotates to the side, unlike most boots where the tongue moves straight out. This is almost a deal breaker for me on the boot. When taking them off, the tongue often gets caught on the buckles and even feels as though just trying to move it to the side you may break it or so damage. Ergonomically its a nightmare.
      Overall: the performance of the boot outweighs the terrible tongue design. Id recommend this boot to anyone looking for a boot that likes to charge hard but also tours like a Cadillac.

      Light, comfortable and still has power!

        These boots are amazing, super comfortable out of the box. I hate buying boots online but I spoke to a gearhead about a few of the boots I was interested in. He steered me towards the RS and he was right! Getting in and out of them is a cinch, the walk mode is great. I was in -5F weather and I never was cold!

        While skiing, the flex was great. They allow you to power though anything. They really are a great mix between AT and Alpine boots. You really don't sacrifice anything

        Light, comfortable and still has power!

        Hi Scott, I was actually looking for boots to go with Marker Kingpins, then I noticed you have those bindings! Sounds like the boots are great, how about the bindings? Would you jump off 10 to 15 foot drops and charge steep country in them with confidence? Im looking at setting up Line Magnum Opus skis, with Kingpins and possibly these boots for Gulmarg, India touring and big mountain charging this coming winter. Also, Im a size 12 US, usually wear 29.5 shell. Whats your sizing?

        Hi James, I am a 27.5. I'm a size 10 us shoe. I love these boots and the bindings. I jump these all the time and I ski these bindings and boots super hard. They both can handle it!
        I used both on a lot of hard packed and ice (Vermont) and the Scarpas have enough features to help me power though. The Kingpins never gave me a problem with releasing prematurely.
        The best feature on the boot is the black swivel vamp piece. It makes these boots easy to but on and take off. They were my first pair of Scarpas and I probably won't try another boot.

        The Backcountry Boot For Powder Pilaging

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I have been looking for a alpine touring boot worthy of bigger lines where a stiffer cuff will hold up to more power. The Maestrale RS beats out its predecessors by offering a better walk mode and a stiffer tongue. It provides plenty of cuff articulation for uphill travel, but when it is time for business, the boot performs like an alpine boot. I really appreciate the Vibram soles for ridge walking/scambling. The boot's plastic shell is conducive to shaving by a pro should you need to remove a little material to alleviate hot spots. I recommend upgrading to a sturdier foot bed and a Booster strap to really bring these across the finish line. Otherwise they fit true to size and I am psyched to get them up for longer tours and see how they perform. The heftier construction adds a bit of weight compared to super light models, but that comes back when you lock em down and grip and rip.

        Most comfortable boot I've had

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Picked these up last season and have been very happy with them. I was skiing on Scarpa T-Races, but they were very uncomfortable and my feet and legs would be dead in 10 minutes. Switched over to an AT setup and someone suggested the Maestrale. I was a little reluctant after the T-Race but it was a great decision.

        The last on Maestrale is slightly larger, 101 compared to 100, but it really makes a difference. I don't think I have wide feet but these where much more comfortable.

        For touring the range of motion is great and they aren't too heavy, especially considering how awesome they are on the return trip. An easy flip of the switch to ski mode and the Maestrale RS will not disappoint. Plenty stiff to push bigger skis, I was on a pair of Line Opus, but with great edge feel.

        Some people have mentioned they are difficult to get in and out of. I will admit the tongue takes some getting use to, but just make sure you are in walk mode and the tongue easily flips out of the way.

        The SKI/WALK switch can get iced up at times which leads to it popping back in to walk mode, but not often. The new models switch is a much better design and more secure.

        Unanswered Question

        I have these boots with the Salomon Guardian 13 mnc bindings (27.5 boot, small binding). I brought these with the bindingsto have them mounted at my local ski shop and the tech there said he does not think they are compatible - the heel and toe connection did not seem secure and he felt it was dangerous.

        Is there an adjustment that needs to be made to the boot or binding? I was under the impression these two should fit no problem. Salomon customer service on the phone said they should fit but if the ski tech says they don't work go with the ski tech...

        I have a call out to Scarpa as well.

        Any advice??

        Unanswered Question

        Are my Maestrale RS boots compatible with Fritschi Freeride pro bindings?

        Unanswered Question

        Will the heel throw on the black diamond cyborg crampons fit on the heel of these boots?

        How do you adjust the forward lean on these boots?

        It's with the walk mode lever. Keep it in walk mode but in the position right before ski mode. Lean forward and there are two levels of forward lean. You will feel it click past the upright position and on the second click, that is the more aggressive forward lean. Lock it down.

        Unanswered Question

        Will these boots work with my
        Fritschi Diamir Freeride Pro bindings that are like 5 years old?

        I am making the transition from telemark only to using AT gear as well. I ski a 25.5 T-Race. Will I also be a 25.5 in this boot? If so, what is the sole length of a 25.5?


        Hi Forrest,

        The BSL on the Maestrale is 297mm. The BSL on the T Race is 309mm. That is not a real accurate representation however seeing as the T Race has the duckbill in the front. Since these boots are both from Scarpa I would imagine that you would be the same size in both boots.

        If you have any other questions, please let me know.


        Are these compatible with the Marker Dukes?


        Is it true that The Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot will not work with regular downhill bindings?

        Hey Brian,

        The Maestrale RS is compatible with bindings that work with ISO 9523 Touring soles but are not compatible with ISO 5355 Alpine bindings. This boot also works with Tech bindings like the Dynafit Radical FT and ST as well as traditional AT bindings. Super versatile!

        What type of bindings are you looking to use them on and I can check to see if they will work? Feel free to contact me directly with additional questions on the Maestrale RS.

        Best Answer

        Are they supposed to be compatible? No.

        Can you jam them in and ski? Yes, but don't expect bindings to release properly.

        Am I advising you to try it? Hell no.

        How do I know? Because I've done it.

        Quick question: I've had some issues with the metal tongue attachments over the instep. Since spring climb-over-rocks-while-skiing season has started, I've broken three of them. To be fair, I've skied them very hard this winter and they've seen a lot of days. Love the boot otherwise.

        Anyone else had issues with these, or is this a red herring?

        Just to fill this in for future reference:

        Bill emailed the Scarpa people. Apparently, this had been an occasionally issue in the past, but they switch materials for the present year of boots and have seen less of it.

        Either way, they're currently sending me a replacement kit that works with a nut and bolt. Huge thanks to Bill and Scarpa for sorting this out so quickly.

        I've got to shoot from the hip on sizing for these boots, I'm a size 10 US. I'm in SoCal and this stuff is not readily available to try on in these parts. I've read the Scarpa sizing chart. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

        I'm normally a 26.5 (42Eur or 9US) but had to bump up to a 27 in these. Same was true for my Scarpa trail shoes. Both dealers confirmed that Scarpa sizes small (so bump up a half size from your normal).

        Can anyone compare these and the Scarpa Freedom? Been disappointed in how soft the flex is on the Freedoms. These are listed as stiffer, is that reality?

        The Maestrale RSs got delivered with extra insoles. Are you supposed to ski the boot with those extra insoles or without? Or are they just for size adjustments?

        Best Answer

        The brilliance of the intuition liner is that you do not necessarily need the insoles provided. - If the boot happens to have a bit of room in the instep - go ahead and throw those in there and it should adjust the fit a little for your foot size. But when it comes down to it, fit is up to you -

        Personally I rock my Maestrale without the insole.

        What are the differences between this year's and last year's versions (apart from the blue accents)? Thanks!

        The walk mode is completely re-designed for 14/15, looks to be much stronger than the original.

        You could pick these up, or find last year's model and retrofit the new walk mode to save money.

        Will the maestrale RS fit my old fritchi diamir freeride bindings? My bindings are the 2004/5 model, and I expect they will fit, just want to check, am placing my order for new boots in three days so having last minute worries.

        What AT bindings are these actually compatible with, it says in the product description they work with at and tech. F12s? Guardians? Barons?

        They are compatible with all AT and tech bindings. So yes, that includes frame bindings like the F12, Duke and Baron. Also this year's Guardian and Tracker will work with this boot, but last year's was only made to handle a Salomon WTR or alpine sole.

        Basically, any Dynafit style tech binding or a frame binding with adjustable toe height and sliding AFD - that pretty much includes all current model AT bindings and that's why our description keeps it simple.

        Hit me up if you have any questions!