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
- Q & A
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.
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.
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