Scarpa North America Blog

The Best Ski Boots of 2017

Oct. 19th 2016

A quick flip through any of the major American ski publications this fall and you’re likely to find a SCARPA ski boot featured front and center. Yet again, gear testers from around the country fell in love with our boots from the new featherweight, yet surprisingly stout SCARPA F1, to freeride and backcountry category benchmarks like the SCARPA Freedom RS 130 and SCARPA Gea RS. SCARPA continues to push the boundaries of ski-touring product and the industry continues to respond with plenty of love. Need a little extra insight into your next boot purchase? Here’s what the magazine testers had to say.

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Alex Puccio: Comeback Queen

Oct. 17th 2016

For nine-time ABS National Champion Alex Puccio, the last two years have been the most trying of her career. After a nine-month recovery from a June 2015 knee injury she was climbing some of the hardest outdoor boulder problems of her career only to have a freak accident only weeks after a full recovery cause a disc in her neck to rupture. The neck injury would go undiagnosed by several specialists until an MRI, prompted by a shooting electrical pain in her arms during the 2016 Vail World Cup, revealed the severity of the injury. Now after another surgery and several months of rehab, Alex is back to near normal form, winning major comps and testing her limits outdoors. We caught up with Alex to discuss injury and rehab and the mindset it takes to keep coming back.

Alex Puccio Crown of Aragorn

Alex Puccio on Crown of Aragorn (V13). Photo: Joel Zerr

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Lifecycle of a Powderwhore: Westward Episode 1

Oct. 12th 2016
Scenes from Westward Episode 1.

Scenes from Westward Episode 1.

What started with a camcorder and a couple friends making hippy turns on freeheel gear in the Wasatch backcountry evolved into a 10-year run of the much loved ski film company for the every man, Powderwhore Productions. In episode 1 of Westward, Jonah Howell, one of the founders of Powderwhores, explores the roots and rebelliousness of the Whores, the dedication it takes to make a ski film each season, and the eventual end of the “company,” if you can even call it that. The Powderwhores may be gone, but they are not forgotten. Their celebration of the fun of skiing, especially when exploring the backcountry, can still be felt. Season 2 of Westward is proudly supported by Flylow Gear, Oskar Blues Brewing Company, Rocky Mountain Underground, and SCARPA. Watch the full video below. Then check out Jonah’s latest project Gear Gospel, an in-depth resource for all your backcountry gear.

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Explore Outside Your Comfort Zone

Oct. 3rd 2016
Lynsey Dyer learns mountaineering skills in Joffe Provincial Park, BC, from guide Julia Niles.

Lynsey Dyer learns mountaineering skills in Joffe Provincial Park, BC, from guide Julia Niles.

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Westward Season 2 Is Here

Sep. 28th 2016
Sunset over the Wasatch. photo: Adam Clark

Sunset over the Wasatch.
photo: Adam Clark

Westward, a web series supported by SCARPA, Flylow, Rocky Mountain Underground, and Oskar Blues Brewery, returns for another season of exploration into the lives and choices of some of skiing’s most interesting characters, Andrew Mclean, Jonah Howell, Adam Clark, and Louise Sanseau. Each has a unique story to tell about the passion and sacrifice needed to make a life in the mountains. Each will inspire you to fight for what you love and to not take a single day for granted, especially if that day involves deep snow, steep mountains, and good friends. Episodes drop all fall. Stay tuned for more.

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Where Can I Buy the SCARPA Drago?

Aug. 31st 2016

Matty Hong takes a breath on Papichulo, 5.15a, at Oliana.

Matty Hong takes a breath on Papichulo, 5.15a, at Oliana.

The most anticipated shoe of 2016 is here. The new SCARPA Drago offers a new paradigm of sensitivity, feel, precision and performance. Looking to get your hands on a pair this fall? Limited quantities of this shoe will be available on and at the following select retailers. Don’t see your local retailer here? Ask them to special order a pair for you. Better yet, ask them to range the Drago. It’s one badass shoe.

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The SCARPA Drago has Arrived!

Aug. 31st 2016

The SCARPA Drago has arrived and just in time for fall sending season too. Crafted by legendary rock-shoe designer Heinz Mariacher and handmade in Italy in SCARPA’s state-of-the-art factory, the Drago is SCARPA’s most refined rock shoe to date. Sensitive, precise, and insanely sticky from heel to toe, the Drago has become the shoe of choice for many of the world’s top climbers. “I compete in the Drago because of its versatility. I feel like I can do any move with them,” says SCARPA athlete Sean McColl. “I’m a better climber with the Drago on my feet.” This shoe will win comps. It will take down steep, stubborn, and technical projects that require creative footwork. The Drago is at the leading edge of what’s possible in rock shoe design. With a limited stock now available at and select SCARPA retailers, you will want to act fast to get your pair.

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Summer Rock Shoe Care

Aug. 16th 2016

We know the drill. A long, hot summer session results in some serious shoe funk so you throw your shoes in the trunk. Then you hit your favorite restaurant for grub or watering hole for a drink. Before too long, someone suggests a cruiser ride, and you decide to just unpack from climbing the next morning. Bad idea. Everything lovely about summer, the sun, the heat, the dryness will trash your climbing shoes. Here are a few tips care for your rock shoes during the hot months. Sending temps are almost here.

Don't kill fido...or your shoes.

Don’t kill fido…or your shoes.

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Trail Running: How to Train for Big Days

Jul. 12th 2016

This Friday, July 15, SCARPA athlete Joe Grant will toe the start line of one of the toughest trail running races on the planet, the Hardrock 100. Traversing 100 miles with over 33,000 feet of ascent, the Hardrock challenges runners in the rugged and beautiful peaks of Southwest Colorado. Because many of you might get the bug to take on your first big race or mountain objective this summer, we asked Joe to give some insight into the training required to push your limits on the trail. And if a big day is on the agenda, we’ve got the award winning alpine running shoes to get it done.

Joe Grant snaps a spring selfie while running in the Indian Peaks of Colorado.

Joe Grant snaps a spring selfie while running in the Indian Peaks of Colorado.

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Rowan’s First Flatiron

Jun. 23rd 2016

How Rob Pizem Passes Climbing on to His Son

Rowan has been wanting to climb a lot lately. To be clear, I never suggest to my sons that we go climbing. Nor do I ask them if they want to go. They have access to a garage wall at our house, to my Treadwall and to the thousands of sandstone boulders that surround our neighborhood. When they ask, I take them, and when they don’t we go fishing or play ball or go on hikes or do crafts. But on a recent trip to Boulder, Colorado, we climbed one of the Flatiron’s together. This was not a planned event nor a goal or even a wish on my part. It was more of an extension of my observing his interest in climbing. I should mention, Rowan, my oldest, is four and a half.

Rowan Pizem_1

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