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The SCARPA Freedom RS is Here!

Aug. 18th 2015

The NEW, award-winning SCARPA Freedom RS has arrived. Based on our best-selling Freedom SL, The Freedom RS is the next level of freeride with its light weight, powerful 130 flex, and expansive cuff rotation. Get yours today and go send this winter. It’s the most progressive freeride and ski-touring boot on the market.  And now for some faceshot and huck-filled Freedom RS stoke!

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Learn more about the SCARPA Freedom RS here.

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The Best Climbing Gear for Trad and Alpine Routes

Jun. 24th 2015

Last August, SCARPA athlete Shingo Ohkawa spent month in search of first descents on the classic vertical walls of Wyoming’s spectacular Wind River Range. While he and his partners horsepacked in to base camp, it was all human-powered effort from there. Long days on approach and even longer days in a harness and climbing shoes allowed Shingo to really abuse the best SCARPA has to offer for this style of climbing. While an unseasonably wet and cold August shut them out of many of his objectives, he still came back with some glowing reviews. These are the SCARPA shoes that got him too the wall and up it, including an FA on the West Face of Helen’s Tower 1.

Wind River Range Vista
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Introducing the Award-Winning SCARPA Furia

May. 27th 2015
Sam Elias boulders with the SCARPA Furia.

SCARPA athlete Sam Elias bouldering on The Monkey Traverse (V4). Flagstaff Mountain, Colorado.

Need a shoe that will find every nuanced hold on steep rock? Then check out the new, award-winning SCARPA Furia. By trading the bulky midsole for a responsive Power Connection Band (a tensioned rubber strip under the foot), legendary SCARPA rock-shoe designer Heinz Mariacher has achieved a new paradigm of sensitivity, softness, performance, and comfort in the Furia. The Furia’s PCB rand helps activate the strength in your entire foot for dynamic movement, insane grip, and delicate touch. It’s so good, Climbing Magazine gave it the coveted Editor’s Choice award. Sport or bouldering, indoors or out, the Furia is the perfect shoe for your next project.

Michael Rosato rocks the SCARPA Furia at the Boulder Rock Club.
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SCARPA’s Zen Pro and Moraine Mid Offer Performance with a Purpose

May. 19th 2015

On trail and off, light hiking boots have to contend with myriad circumstances: dust, scree, mud, rocks, roots, washed out switchbacks—the list goes on. Whether you’re covering ground on multi-day journeys on the Pacific Crest Trail, or slithering up an incipient single track to the base of a climb in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming, the right kind of light hiker is clutch. We like to think we’ve got you covered. Why? Because they do.

Backpacker at Ornak Peak in Tatra Mountains, Poland

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SCARPA Vapor V and Crux Approach: A Winning Combo

Apr. 13th 2015

Our approach to climbing is simple. Enter the Crux and Vapor V, a rock climber’s conquering combo. Talented in their own realms, the approach shoe and all-around climber are an ideal pair, whether hiking into the crag or setting bigger sights on multi-pitch mountain climbs that include route finding, scrambling, belayed climbs and long slogs back to the car. Together they are the archetypal footwear package that provides climbers the maximum sensitivity, comfort and performance for the myriad scenarios played out in the rocky hills.

David Allfrey climbs in his SCARPA Vapor V on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley.

David Allfrey climbing in his Vapor Vs on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley. Photo credit: Austin Siadak

Climbing in the SCARPA Vapor V
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R-evolution Plus GTX is Built for All Terrain Adventure

Mar. 18th 2015

It comes down to this: SCARPA’s R-evolution Plus GTX boot is a versatile all-conditions trekking boot that can handle the rigors of the mountain wilderness like no other. Whether shouldering heavy loads, crossing snowfields, climbing scree or covering miles of single track in route to new heights, the Revolution Plus GTX is built to prevail.

Trekking through Wrangell – St Elias National Park, Alaska. Photo Credit:

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SCARPA Alien Series: Ski Mountaineering Meets Rando Race Efficiency

Feb. 25th 2015

The fusion of rando race efficiency with ski mountaineering is changing the way we ski. Whether it’s big mountain pursuits, in a comp, or simply in our backyard hills, this new dynamic is turning out of reach objectives and better race performances into realities.

Andy Dorais skinning in the Aliens.

Andy Dorais skinning in the Aliens.

Combining the lightweight aesthetics of skimo racing with backcountry proficiency, SCARPA has engineered the Alien and Alien 1.0, the benchmark for ultra-light touring and racing performance. With ergonomics that maximize cuff articulation and natural striding, these boot essentials are available for skiers who want the freedom of movement in a boot that can get them into the hills like they’ve never done before.

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I Had to Have ‘Em: SCARPA’s Phantom Guide

Jan. 20th 2015

I pulled the hood on my belay jacket over my helmet. Spindrift hissed over my shoulders and I remember looking at my buddy’s feet. “They’re like a belay jacket for your feet,” I said. He didn’t quite hear through the wind and his hood. “Those Phantom Guides! They’re like a puffy jacket for your feet!”

He just smiled. Right then and there, I knew I wanted a pair. Insulated, warm, zipped up and battened down – SCARPA’s Phantom Guide.

Redefining mountain performance, this boot is suitable for challenging the most technical routes in cold climates, whether ice cragging or in the high mountains.

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The Total Package: The TX Pro brings NTN Virtues to Life

Dec. 15th 2014

Even at a glance it’s easy to notice the free heel TX Pro is not messing around. The four buckle NTN (New Telemark Norm) system boot is built for maximum power and finesse, boasting all of SCARPA’s tricks and materials, including tech fitting compatibility. By design, the system’s dual connection creates a stronger interface between boot and ski, providing more powerful edge to edge responsiveness, while maintaining natural flex and overall driveability. Paired with NTN, this boot/binding system sets the new standard for free heel performance.

TX Pro

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Behind the Scenes: A SCARPA Ski Boot is Born

Dec. 9th 2014

Over the last 35 years, SCARPA has contributed immensely to the development of alpine touring equipment. In that time, SCARPA has designed boots that meet the needs of skiers heading into the snowy mountains with their eye on untracked powder.

SCARPA’s alpine touring boots are designed for skiers, by skiers. It all began with the production of leather boots in the 1980s, followed by the arrival of plastic boots that changed the game of ski touring. With years of experience in the design and manufacturing of ski boots, the R&D team pays close attention to detail, while seeking input from World Champion athletes, alpine guides, ski instructors and mountain rescue operators (to name a few).

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