Backcountry Magazine’s first issue of the year, its annual gear guide, just came out, and the folks over here at SCARPA were psyched to be the recipients of four Editor’s Choice Awards for ski boots in the Fall 2010 collection – more awards than any other single boot manufacturer.
Boots that won awards include two ski boots in the freeride/alpine-touring collection, the Mobe, a tech-compatible, lightweight AT boot with serious downhill chops (see photo), as well as the Shaka, a women’s AT boot that’ll do it all – touring to area skiing.
In the telemark world, the newly redesigned four-buckle T-Race got top honors, as did the Terminator X Pro, a four-buckle tele boot compatible with both the NTN telemark binding and tech bindings such as Dynafit and the G3 Onyx.
Two of the new boots, the Mobe and the T-Race, feature SCARPA’s new tour/walk mechanism, called the PowerBlock Tour. Basically, it’s a walk/tour mode on steroids, and in SCARPA’s view, comes the closest of anything yet to replicating the power of a fixed-cuff boot in something that’s actually comfortable to walk and tour in.
With more and more competitors in the alpine-touring and telemark markets each year, ones coming from both the alpine side and from the backcountry products markets, it’s rewarding to take home the most accolades in ski boots from a publication that caters specifically to the ski-touring market.
We like to think 72 years of building boots gives us a trick or two up the sleeve.