Outdoor Retailer 2017: SCARPA Maestrale RS AT Boots

Scarpa Maestrale RS and Maestrale Ski boots

The 2017/18 Scarpa Maestrale RS and Maestrale Ski boots

Following up the last post about an industry ski day spent testing the latest SCARPA Maestrale RS AT boot and the new G3 SENDr 112 ski, lets look at the latest edition of the SCARPA Maestrale. Testing new gear is always a good time, but being able to test gear with the very people who helped bring the product to market is an incredible opportunity to get the full story about a given product. In this case, veteran SCARPA North America CEO, Kim Miller, and G3 founder Oliver Steffen were on board to share insights and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Miller’s history with SCARPA spans the development of the first plastic telemark boots all the way to the ground-breaking Maestrale boot line. According to Miller, the SCARPA Maestrale is the worlds best selling AT ski boot on the market. Given the wide array of awesome boots available, this fact is testimony to SCARPA’s dedication to ski boots.

The latest edition of the SCARPA Maestrale and Maestrale RS (the stiffer version of the boot) – as well as the Gea/Gea RS (women’s editions) – represent a significant evolution of the boots, building on an already great boot design to make it better. The big picture changes are lighter weight, stiffer ski mode performance and added walk mode range.

The weight and stiffness changes come through the use of new materials – Grilamid (a premier polyamide plastic) and Grilamid/carbon-fiber/nylon hybrids. There’s a bunch of tech-talk behind the materials but, suffice it to say, SCARPA dropped five ounces (141 grams) from the overall boot weight. Grilamid is popular with many boot companies and now makes up the bulk of the mid to high-end boots.

Scarpa Maestrale RS

SCARPA North America CEO, Kim Miller, tests the new Maestrale

Functionally, there are few obvious external changes to the boots, too. The tongue design has evolved away from the original hinge style to a more traditional fixed tongue and the two lower buckles are replaced with a new single z-buckle design called the ‘Wave Closure’. The new buckle streamlines the boot nicely while still providing secure fit.  Also new is a simpler walk/ski mode mechanism that is much like the lever found on the new F1. It’s a clean, functional system that also reduces cuff friction when walking and, in combination with the new shell, bumps cuff range to a full 60 degrees.

Bottom line is that it skis great. I ran the Maestrale RS all day while making powder laps on the G3 SENDr 112 and it was a great combination. Scarpa rates the new RS to be a 130 flex and the regular Maestrale at 110. The Gea and Gea RS come in at 100 and 120. According to Kim Miller, the ratings are relative to Alpine Touring boots and should not be compared directly with traditional alpine boot ratings. The short of it is that the boot should be plenty stiff for most skiers. Even though I’d probably choose the softer Maestrale for most of my skiing, I spent the day in the RS without any complaints. It was a good match to the modestly burly 181 cm G3 SENDr 112 ski.

Miller said the boot shape and last are the same as earlier Maestrales and measures in at 101 mm. So, if you liked the fit of older Meastrales, you will like the new one too. New model available Fall 2017.

Scarpa Maestrale ski boots

Kim Miller talking boots

Here are the basic specs for the full line of SCARPA Maestrale / Gea boots:

SCARPA Maestrale – $695:
Weight: 1400 grams /boot, size 27
Last: 101mm
Flex: 110
Forward lean: 16° +/- 2°
Range of motion: 60°

SCARPA Maestrale RS – $795 :
Weight: 1410 grams / boot, size 27
Last: 101 mm
Flex: 130
Forward lean: 16° +/- 2°
Range of motion: 60°

SCARPA Gea – $695:
Weight: 1250 grams / boot, size 25
Last: 101 mm
Flex: 110
Forward lean: 14° +/- 2°
Range of motion: 60°

SCARPA Gea RS – $795
Weight: 1260 grams / boot, size 25
Last: 101mm
Flex: 120
Forward lean: 16° +/- 2°
Range of motion: 60°

Check availability of SCARPA Maestrale RS or standard Maestrale