The Scarpa Maestrale RS became the new benchmark in high-performance alpine ski touring boots. The Italian slipper gurus at Scarpa went for the biggest overhaul in years, and came out with another ringer. The RS gets lighter, more walking range of motion, and stiffer (now up to 130 flex). How is this possible? Science! Let's dive in to it.
Scarpa redesigned the interaction between upper and lower cuff to provide a more frictionless and free pivoting system. The walk mode lever (which previously was a source of some breakage) is now a more simple and bomber "Speedlock Plus", similar to what has been proven in the current F1. The lower buckles also see some weight savings for this season with the "Wave Closure System". Scarpa ditched one of the lower buckles and moved the other to the center. This one buckle pulls a cable from two catches on the opposing side. So you end up pulling from two points with only one buckle. These changes shave off about 100 grams per boot and, possibly more importantly, gives you fewer points of failure. As for stiffness, Scarpa infused carbon stringers into the Grilamid plastic from the heel forward to the mid foot - Carbon Grilamid LFT. This decreases bulging in the lower and increases torsional rigidity.
The fit of the Maestrale RS stays virtually unchanged, which is huge. The Maestrale shell, with it's tight heel pocket and wider 102mm lasted forefoot, has been the closest thing to a universal fit as we've seen. The Vibram Cayman Pro sole keeps you sure-footed on rocky scrambles, icy sections, and post-tour slippery grocery store floors. The Inutuition Crossfit Pro Flex G liner is warm, heat-moldable, and provides high-performing stiffness. The classic Maestrale ankle strap is one of the best features in the Maestrale design, providing excellent heel hold for ripping big high speed turns or negotiating technical terrain.
The Maestrale RS is your newest go-to for big mountain freeride tours; capable of driving any freeride ski out there, with a progressive flex and touch capable of finessing a lightweight rig as well. Bigger skiers, hard senders, and skiers who love a bigger ski will be as stoked on this boot as we are.
|Material||Grilamid & Carbon Core, Grilamid, Peebax|
|Forward Lean||14, 18 degrees|
|Buckles||3 Buckle with Power Strap|
|Binding Compatibility||Tech, AT, Alpine Bindings w/ Adjutable Toe Height|
|Manufactuer Warranty||1 year|
Debated this and the 4 Atomic Hawx and went with the RS and absolutely love it. Nominally lighter than my TLT6 but so much stiffer and does a great job driving fatter skis. The guys did an awesome on the fitting and molding. They prevented me from going to large a size and the heat molded it to fit my Frankenstein foot like a slipper.