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SCARPA F1 Evo: First Ski Boot to Earn Outside Magazine Gear of the Year

Sep. 17th 2014

From the start, we at SCARPA have been pretty excited about the F1 Evo. A ski boot that combines a featherweight 2.5 pounds per boot with a relatively stiff flex (95 flex index) and 62 degrees of cuff motion, the F1 Evo also offers a first in alpine-touring boot technology: a ski/walk mechanism that automatically locks and unlocks the cuff of the boot based on whether or not the boot is locked into the heel of the binding.

And it’s nice when others verify you were indeed on the right track.

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Celebrating the Climb: Vitamin, Tech Ascent & Techno X

Aug. 14th 2014

Leaving the trail is only the first step. Boulders, talus, scree and slabs often make up the landscape that lies between our beloved rock climbing and our feet. For that, we know it’s best to have friction. Whatever the mountaineering objective, SCARPA wants you to scramble with confidence every step of the way.

Photo credit: David Allfrey

That’s why we’ve produced three category-defining shoes—two approach and one climbing shoe—that are born from decades of experience and crafted through a culture that attends to detail like no other. The result: efficient, strong and comfortable shoes that will deliver you to the base of potential glory.

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Dream Job: Heinz Mariacher Builds Your Rock Shoes

Jun. 4th 2014

Heinz Mariacher’s biggest impact on climbing might be on climbers’ feet—he’s the wizard behind many groundbreaking climbing shoe designs, and likely the only shoe designer most climbers know by name. But his beginnings in shoe design sprang from an intense passion for the sport, and the hard, bold routes he has climbed on the foreboding limestone peaks of Italy’s Dolomites.

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The Media Loves The SCARPA TRU and Ion

May. 16th 2014

Outside Magazine’s featured the TRU in their summer buyer’s guide, calling the shoe the “most welcoming of the low-and-light trail shoes here.”

Trail Runner Magazine reviewed the SCARPA Ion in their trail-shoe review issue, writing that the Ion “excels on gnarly terrain, offering excellent purchase on mucky, rocky trails.

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Trail Running From Snakes in Baja Sur

May. 14th 2014

Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Matt and Agnes Hage take pride in producing authentic photography for outdoor brands around the world. This time, they took off to Baja California, Mexico for some adventurous trail running with some rad shoes.

Having lived my entire life in Alaska, I’d never really gotten to know snakes. But, as I learned, there’s something primordial embedded in my DNA that kicks in during a snake encounter.

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The Trail-Running Family Grows With Three New Shoes

May. 7th 2014

There’s a niche in your training program for a great pair of trail runners – whether you’re dedicated to the sport or just using the single track as a transition-season training tool. But, like any outdoor endeavor, there are different ways to approach trail running, and different styles of doing it.

For Spring 2014, SCARPA introduces three new shoes that help create its most well-rounded trail-running program yet. Building on the success of its award-winning Spark, SCARPA has created a family of complimentary shoes for your trail running adventures. Meet the Ignite, Ion and TRU.

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Meet The Family Instinct

Mar. 6th 2014

We had a vision. We wanted a set of climbing shoes to cover the spectrum of technical climbing, bouldering and everything in between. They would be shoes that could defeat any boulder problem, any steep overhang, any wall. They would edge, smear, toe in, but also stand alone. They would be a family of shoes.

Meet the family Instinct.

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The Maestrale RS Continues Its Rising Arc

Feb. 20th 2014

In the mountains, it’s sometimes hard to find your identity. Even harder is maintaining that identity in the ever-evolving world of alpinism. But the Maestrale RS, SCARPA’s most award-winning alpine touring boot to date, has an identity based upon a firm foundation: downhill power and maximum tourability.

Similar to its newer cousin, the Freedom SL, The RS has resort-based aspirations, but its true passion yearns for the trailhead, and the glory that comes with backcountry and ski mountaineering ambitions. The body of the RS is comprised of Polyamide instead of Pebax, which has a slightly higher strength-to-weight ratio, giving the RS a 120-flex index (20% advantage) over the original Maestrale’s initial 100 flex. However, it only adds 1.4oz (40g) in additional weight – less than a pound per pair than the slightly more muscular Freedom SL.

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WATCH: Cuff, Cant, Midstrap

Jan. 28th 2014

A quick how-to video on maintaining and repairing your cuff and midstrap on SCARPA ski boots. Plus, learn how to adjust your cant on SCARPA ski boots.

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Ski Trab’s Talent Runs Deep

Jan. 22nd 2014

The town of Bormio, Italy is a crucible of mountain sports, where skiing and alpinism form a seamless bond. Home to the Pista Stelvio, one of the world’s most spectacular downhill courses, the village has an engrossing history of glissé. So, it should come as no surprise that some of the world’s finest skis are designed, crafted and produced in this bucolic alpine village. Enter Ski Trab.

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