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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Urban Climber gives Editor’s Choice to SCARPA Instinct Slipper

Mar. 31st 2011

As winter transitions to spring here in the Colorado front range, and thoughts turn more and more to the rock, we were excited here at SCARPA to find out this week that one of the more unique rock shoes in our collection, the Instinct S, received an Editor’s Choice from Urban Climber Magazine. The award is outlined in its 2011 spring gear guide, which just hit the streets.

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SCARPA hits the CBS Early Show

Mar. 28th 2011

Although SCARPA is more well-known for building footwear for outdoor sports like skiing, climbing, backpacking and mountaineering, quality and comfort are traits that translate to everyday use as well.

In that vein, we’re proud to be recognized in the April issue of Prevention in the category of best footwear for all-day use. The Caipirihna, a new shoe in SCARPA’s lifestyle line, turned heads in this year’s Prevention footwear test, earning one of the top spots in the spring footwear review.

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SCARPA exclusive ski boot provider for Colorado Mountain School

Mar. 24th 2011

As many great places as there are to ski in North America, we do love our home terrain – and our neighbors – here in Colorado. So it’s with a bit of local pride that SCARPA announces a new relationship with one of our neighbors located just a few blocks away: Starting this month, SCARPA will be the exclusive ski boot provider for the Colorado Mountain School (CMS), the largest mountain guide service in Colorado and the largest American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Avalanche course provider in North America.

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Backpacker Magazine highlights SCARPA Terra, Luna for ‘cushy comfort’ in a full-leather hiking boot

Mar. 23rd 2011

Backpacker Magazine’s annual spring gear guide just hit the newsstands, and SCARPA was once again honored to earn another strong endorsement for its footwear from one of the most core magazines (and probably the most rigorous testing process) in the industry, this time for the new Terra (men’s) and Luna (women’s) hiking/backpacking boots.

The Terra and Luna are boots designed for light hiking or lighter-load backpacking – places where hikers can benefit from all-leather, Gore-Tex protection. And there are lots of those places, which explains why this boot resonated not just with Backpacker, but with a lot of SCARPA’s retailers.

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Field Report: NTN Demo at 36th Annual North American Telemark Festival (NATO)

Mar. 16th 2011
To: Chris Clark, Field Marshall, SCARPA North America
From: The Franconia Group, New England Represent!
Date: 3/13/11

Event: The 36th Annual North American Telemark Festival, Mad River Glen, Vermont

Weather:

Windy, overcast with occasional snow squalls and temps warming up to the low 30’s

Snow Conditions:

Very firm, icy even by New England standards.  Rained the day before then hardened up over night.  Conditions were too wet to run the groomers.  Trees were very crusty.

Equipment:

  • Boots: TX Pro and TX Comp and Wmn TX Pro
  • T1, W T1, T Race
  • Skis: Volkl Mantra, Rossi Sick Bird
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Send it: Will Gadd on Helmcken Falls Ice Climbing

Mar. 8th 2011

Perennial ice climbing junkie and SCARPA athlete Will Gadd is a busy man. This winter he spent weeks with partner Tim Emmett exploring his dream cave, Helmcken Falls, a unique cavernous, ice covered playground.

Spray On is his current project, and the name fits. Drawing from the moisture from the nearby falls, the feature looks like it’s been sprayed onto the wall; long, innumerable icicle teeth hang from the towering abyss offering limitless possibilities to Will, though hardly conceivable from any other perspective. He also had a baby last week, another full time job. Nonetheless, he had a few moments to share his ever-growing enthusiasm for Helmcken Falls.

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SCARPA North America to distribute the world’s most innovative randonee racing boots – the SCARPA Alien and Alien 1.0 – for Fall 2011.

Mar. 3rd 2011

Randonee racers are their own breed of skiers.  Tights-wearing, gram-counting, lung-busting animals with an unnatural capacity to RUN… not walk, not skin… RUN uphill.  SCARPA-shod rando racers have long dominated ski mountaineering races in Europe with our F1 series boot. So much so that the starting line in European racing is commonly referred to as the Linea Verde, the Green Line, due to so many F1’s lined up and down the start!)

While North America is still a relative newcomer to the ski mountaineering race scene, the number of North American-based races and racers continues to increase, as does the availability of rando racing products designed specifically to meet the unique performance demands of the sport.

Witness the new benchmark in rando racing boot technology, SCARPA’s new Alien and Alien 1.0 boots, to be available in North America in Fall 2011.

A little background: As is always the case, if you want the best feedback on any kind of product, the best source is the folks who put that product to the pinnacle test. So it was a given that SCARPA would put the Alien 1.0 to the test on its top rando racers as part of the development process, for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 World Cup race seasons.

The results? The Alien 1.0 has consistently been on the podium in the EU racing scene. In the last two seasons, racers using the Alien 1.0 have rounded up 12 first-place finishes and 10 seconds. The Ski Mountaineering World Championships happened last month in Claut, Italy, and the top-finishing men’s and women’s racing teams were on this boot.

And so, after SCARPA debuted the Alien/Alien 1.0 at ISPO last month, SCARPA North America can now present the Alien boots though only to a limited number of specialty retailers for Fall 2011.

With that, here’s the dirt on the Alien 1.0 and the Alien:

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