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Tested: Scarpa Maestrale

Tested: Scarpa Maestrale

[ March 29, 2010 - 4:08pm ]
Scarpa Maestrale
Scarpa ups the ante with the lightest four-buckle touring boot on the market. We took them out for a ride.

The Scarpa Maestrale, weighing in at three pounds, six ounces (size 27) is an extremely simple, lightweight four-buckle touring boot that’s capable of driving a beefier ski and accommodates a more aggressive, big-mountain style. The most unique element of the Maestrale’s design is an asymmetrical tongue system that is riveted to the side of the instep, allowing the tongue to roll away from the boot for easier entry and exit. The riveted tongue also helps the boots’ overall stiffness and its smooth power transmission. This design is a major weight saver because it removes material from the lower tongue. Less material means less weight and more room for bigger feet in the forefoot of what is a fairly narrow shell. Every possible part of the upper cuff has been milled out leaving ribs at the back that do not compromise the boots’ stiffness and power. The buckles are ultra-light Magnesium Mirage buckles. The top buckle features a spring-loaded clasp that keeps buckle bales in place for quick transitions from uphill to downhill. The walk/ski system is super simple with an ungodly about of articulation in the ankle to make touring (and driving) in these things a breeze. The Maestrale is the only non-Dynafit boot on the market to feature Dynafit Quick Step-In fittings. The stock liners are Intuition Pro G liners that have a neoprene patch at the back of the ankle that increases the boots’ range of motion in tour mode. On the downhill they were more than capable of driving my Black Diamond Verdicts through spring mank and wind crust in the Indian Peaks yesterday above Boulder. My only gripe with these boots is that the buckles iced-up easily and were hard to get undone with gloves on. They will be in shops this fall. [$599;]

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