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Putting It Into Perspective: A walk through SCARPA’s factory floor

Apr. 5th 2013

Until you reach the source, it’s often hard to fully understand how products are imagined, designed and created. Last week, a group of North American media and folks from SCARPA’s North American arm made the pilgrimage to the small agrarian town of Asolo, Italy, to have a look into how the 75-year-old company stays on top. When we arrived in the front office on that rainy March afternoon, one thing became abundantly clear: it’s a family affair.

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Backpacker gives the lightweight Alien boot an Editor’s Choice Award

Oct. 26th 2012

The SCARPA Alien recently won the Editor’s Choice Snow Award from Backpacker Magazine, after the editors took the lightweight, tech-compatible boot on a five-day backcountry ski trip last spring. Though originally designed specifically for randonee racing, the Alien impressed the editors at Backpacker with its prowess as a backcountry-touring boot.

Extremely lightweight, the Alien has a very unique shell design and materials, including integration of the Boa closure system. From SCARPA’s perspective, a boot like the Alien is the result of completely rethinking how ski boots are designed from the ground up, and creating something that takes advantage not only of progressive design ideas, but the latest technology in materials to yield something that is surprisingly powerful for its incredibly light weight.

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SCARPA collaborates with Chris Davenport to launch new freeride boot program

Sep. 13th 2012

We’re psyched here at SCARPA to welcome big mountain skier Chris Davenport to the SCARPA roster. Not only is Dav a recognized face on the freeskiing scene, he’s a guy that understands ski products, thanks to the many days he logs each year and his racing background.

Which also makes him an idea guy to help the SCARPA team develop a new line of SCARPA freeride boots that will be available at the consumer level in Fall 2013. He’s already been testing boots on a recent trip to Chile and providing feedback. He talked a little more about the project with Mountain Magazine, Gear Institute and Earn Your Turns in recent days.

Plus, he’s an awesome ambassador for the sport, a really open, approachable skier, and that’s the kind of people that we also like to work with here at SCARPA.

Photo: Adam Clark

“I’m a product guy, a gear geek if you will. I love equipment, I love tweaking it, and I believe that you can always make a better product,” Davenport said. “SCARPA is super well respected in the world of skiing, so for me, this a chance to work with an already great line of products, but also a chance to help create something innovative and new.”

“There’s very definitely an opportunity in the freeride category – a product for a specific set of needs that doesn’t yet exist in the marketplace,” he said. “I’m not just joining SCARPA, I’m joining SCARPA to be involved in the development of the strongest boot line yet specifically built for the needs of freeride and sidecountry skiers.”

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SCARPA boots win five ski boot awards for Fall 2012

Sep. 6th 2012

It may not be snowing yet, but we’re ready for the day when it does. Here at SCARPA North America headquarters in Boulder, ski boot shipping is in full swing.

And we’re excited and honored that many of our new ski boots – along with the innovative new NTN Freedom telemark binding – are earning accolades from ski test editors. In the last few weeks, the annual first issues of many of the ski magazines, covering the season’s best new gear, have shown up on newsstands and in PO boxes.

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Bozeman Based Scarpa Athletes Finish a New Line.

Jul. 24th 2012

Infinity Line indicated in red

Sam and Whit Magro are Montana-based climbers and guides. Their climbing resumes are impressive and their passion for the sport is infectious. Sam was the winner of two Mugs Stump Awards in 2008 and 2010 and Whit has podium finishes the Ouray Ice Festival, and both of the Magro brothers have first ascents under their belts, or harnesses. Recently, they joined up with other Bozeman climbers and headed out to the Infinity Line in the Bear Tooths.

After 12 years of development on this remote wall in the Bear Tooths there are dozens of routes, but only a few cherry lines remain for plucking. This one had been eyed and thought about by many of the climbers who frequent this remote region, but due to the mind-numbing rapids, this section of the wall was only accessible in winter during low water.

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Boostic and Crux win Urban Climber Editor’s Choice Awards

Mar. 20th 2012

The Urban Climber 2012 Gear Guide hit news stands this week with advice on what new climbing gear to buy. The SCARPA Boostic climbing shoe and SCARPA Crux approach shoe both won top honors from the magazine – Editor’s Choice Awards!

New for 2012, the Boostic is the latest masterpiece of the famous climbing shoemaker, Heinz Mariacher. Aggressive enough for the best climbers and hardest climbs, but surprisingly comfortable enough for novice climbers as well. The Boostic is designed to perform all day on longer, harder routes while remaining comfortable.

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SCARPA Spark wins “Best Debut” in Runner’s World Magazine

Mar. 8th 2012

In its annual Spring trail-running footwear guide, which came out this week, Runner’s World Magazine named SCARPA’s Spark trail runner as ‘Best Debut’ in new trail shoes for 2012.

“The shoe offers impressive protection from sharp trail obstacles, thanks to a plate under the forefoot and wide overlays at the base of the upper,” Runner’s World wrote. “With all that, the shoe weighs just 9.7 ounces … Bottom Line: A lightweight trainer ideal for steep, shale-covered trails.”

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Gecko Guide Approach Shoe wins Alpinist Mag’s Mountain Standards Award

Sep. 30th 2011

Alpinist Magazine's Mountain Standards AwardWhat makes the perfect approach shoe? Well, it needs to be sticky and durable, sturdy but sensitive, comfortable for walking yet precise for climbing. It must have enough cushion that joints are supported while approaching, but a sensitive enough sole that the climber can feel the rock while climbing. The perfect approach shoe needs to be both a good climbing shoe and a comfortable hiking shoe. That’s a tall order.

SCARPA manufacturing team in Italy, under the direction of Climbing Line Manager Heinz Mariacher, made the Gecko Guide to truly meld a shoe that hikes well with one that climbs well.

The result does indeed achieve all those things, according to Alpinist Magazine’s Mountain Standards program and reviewer Erik Lambert. Alpinist gave the Gecko Guide five stars and, thus, its Mountain Standards Award this week. Mountain Standards taps mountain guides and avid climbers to review what they feel are the best climbing products on the market, bestowing the award on those that earn five stars.

“The Scarpa Gecko Guides are light on the foot, but built like granite; climb like a trad shoe, yet are comfy hiking long distances,” the review said. “They are the most impressive all-around approach shoes I’ve ever worn, and they’ve spoiled me rotten.”

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Powder Magazine gives SCARPA 3 Skier’s Choice Awards

Sep. 27th 2011

In its 2011/12 Buyer’s Guide, Powder Magazine named three SCARPA ski boots winners of its annual Skier’s Choice Award, an accolade that denotes products that Powder Magazine’s editors and contributing writers feel are among the best in their class. Boots that won this year’s award include the Mobe, T-1 and Maestrale.

The SCARPA Mobe is a freeride boot with tech fittings, so it works with any alpine-touring binding, including tech bindings like Dynafit and the G3 Onyx, or with bindings like the Marker Duke or Baron. As Powder’s Editors noted, it may be an AT boot, but it’ll drive any board – inbounds or out. “Very few boots do it as well as the Mobe,” Powder wrote.

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SCARPA Athletes Star in Powderwhore’s Breaking Trail

Sep. 9th 2011

Utah-based Powderwhore Productions have outdone themselves again this year with the release of their latest flick, Breaking Trail.

Previously filming tele-only skiers, this year they’ve included athletes that ride other modes of transportation including split-boards and AT equipment. This year, SCARPA athletes Andy Jacobsen, Andrew McLean, Noah Howell & Paul Kimbrough get to show their skills in the backcountry.

While they promise there will be “no shots of helicopters filming other helicopters or hankie-clad 16-year-olds hepped up on energy drinks spinning to rap music” we still can’t wait to see the fresh faces, fresh tracks and waist deep pow that we hope Mother Nature will again drop on us this season.

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