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All in the Family: The Maestrale Line

Oct. 28th 2014

The Maestrales are a celebrated family. Designed and built to be a complete backcountry performer regardless of conditions, they’ve distinguished themselves as the alpine touring boot archetype—a can-do workhorse that’s spry, strong, and easy to work with. They’re also easy to look at. Positioning themselves between the uber-light ethos of the new F1 Evo and the hard-charging Freedom SL, the Maestrale and Gea lines occupy a larger world of backcountry universality so, naturally, we’re giving them an upgrade.

Maestrale RS and Gea RS

Over the last few seasons the Maestrale line has become SCARPA’s most award-winning boots in the history of the company. And, why not? They match superb tourability with dependable downhill functionality for 360-degree performance. It’s hard to beat. Plus, they’re warm and comfy for long and demanding days in the snowy hills.

New for the coming winter, SCARPA has again brought out the scalpel to shave ounces and increase the functionality of the Maestrale and Gea lines. One procedure focuses on the boot’s backbone—the all new ski/walk mechanism—that features a wire lever and a beefier bar that makes switching from downhill to tour mode even easier. It also results in a more robust overall system. Other change ups include a stouter powerstrap to better increase the interface between the boot’s upper cuff and your shins, with a cutout that makes micro adjustments a breeze. Women will appreciate the female-specific anatomical differences.

Maestrale 1.0 and Gea 1.0

The family’s low profile architecture begins with the sole, which is nimble for striding on hikes and scrambles, and the sparse lug pattern keeps off unnecessary weight while maintaining ample traction. Augmenting the striding ergonomics is 37 degrees of fore-aft cuff articulation in the Maestrale/Gea RS, and 39 degrees in the 1.0 and GT models. This is 10 degrees more than already impressive range of the Freedom SL.

The Maestrale/Gea 1.0 and RS models also utilize an Intuition tongue liner that incorporates small reinforcements to the upper cuff and tongue to enhance the structural integrity from the inside out for comfort, control and precision—whether breaking trail or slashing turns down the powder field. That said, thriftier skiers will marvel at the GT’s out-of-box comfort that the Instant Fit foam liner delivers as well.

Maestrale GT and Gea GT

For those who want to pair their AT boots with larger or more performance-demanding skis, the RS is the choice. Using Polyamide instead of Pebax, which has a slightly higher strength-to-weight ratio, the RS boasts a 120-flex index over the 1.0’s 100 flex.

Much credit of the family’s downhill performance goes to the instep heel retention buckle, which provides maximum heel hold and enhances the tongue stiffness for snapping short swing turns in tight quarters, but also delivers when opening up that turn radius and putting those skis on edge. The progressive flex provides both sensitivity and power transmission to the ski edges for nuanced moves in technical terrain, or simply bombing down powder runs. The choice is yours.

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