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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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The Total Package: The Women’s Mont Blanc Boot

Jan. 14th 2014

The complete mountain woman excels on rock, snow and ice. And so does the women-specific, all-mountain Mont Blanc GTX. On any given day, this all-rounder thrives on kicking waterfall ice, slogging through steep snow, circumnavigating exposed ridges, and battling all other mountain scenarios that comes its way. Crafted specifically to meet the needs of women’s feet, this four-season mountain boot is designed and built for versatility and alpine performance.

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SCARPA Phantom Boot Lacing and Maintenance

Dec. 19th 2013

Designed for utilization at high altitudes, SCARPA’s Phantom boot features an easy to use quick-lace system, rear randing locks heels, and a waterproof T-Zip and integrated gaitor to keep your feet warm and dry even if conditions become slushy. The Phantom’s technology lends itself to stand up to any terrain you trek it through but regular maintenance and correct lacing will help keep this high-performing boot in excellent shape.

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Against the Grain: The Rebel Pro’s Values

Dec. 12th 2013

Four-season versatility; it’s the new black when it comes to technical mountain boots. Designed with the help of Swiss Ace climber Ueli Steck, SCARPA’s Rebel Pro GTX is the lightest full service, all-mountain alpine climbing boot on the market. Whether your thing is steep ice, mixed terrain, demanding alpine routes, or simply all of the above, the super-light Rebel Pro GTX is the correct answer.

The boot’s first contact with the world is The Vibram sole, which provides the perfect balance of climbing proficiency, traction and weight savings. Broad support surfaces at the tip, or “climbing zone” are particularly useful when climbing rocky passages were grip is essential. Accepting full and semi-automatic crampons, the Pro can appeal to a broad array for cramponing preferences as well.

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How to Mold Your SCARPA Ski Boot Liners

Dec. 10th 2013

The beauty of Intuition liners is that you can heat mold them to custom fit your feet. Heat molding allows you to create the optimal liner for your foot’s unique structure. This short video shows you the tools and techniques needed to make your liner fit perfectly and comfortably. See below for a full list of SCARPA boots with Intuition liners.

SCARPA Ski Boot Liner Molding from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

  • Mobe
  • Hurricane Pro
  • Typhoon
  • Maestrale RS
  • Maserale
  • Gea RS
  • Gea
  • Rush
  • Blink
  • Skookum
  • Alien 1.0
  • Alien

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How to Repair Your SCARPA Ski Boots

Nov. 26th 2013

SCARPA General Ski Boot Maintenance from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

We can’t drive it home enough, your ski boots are your most important piece of gear. They allow you to effectively steer your skis, stay in control, and if fitted correctly, keep your feet and ankles safe after ejecting from your skis after a nasty crash. This video will show you when it’s time to change your edge guard and how to replace it. You’ll also learn the fastest way to clean your ski/walk mode mechanism, replace your buckles, replace your Axial Alpine hinge so you can then repair or replace your hinge or tongue, and finally, replace your Axial Alpine tongue.

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All About Her: SCARPA’s Women-Specific Freedom SL

Nov. 12th 2013

Combining the downhill chops of alpine performance with the seamless ergonomics of backcountry touring, SCARPA has produced their new women’s Freedom SL, the female specific all-mountain, hard-charging freeride ski boot. Matching strength and efficiency in one complete package, the women’s Freedom SL boots were developed with an anatomical last and cuff height for female foot shapes to maximize precision performance, comfort and fit. With best in class features and performance, alpine stiffness, superior range of cuff motion and weight, and an innovative DIN/Tech fitting sole system, The Freedom SL is all about her.

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