The SCARPA Freedom RS 130 wins every major magazine award in 2016.
Topher Donahue, one of the world’s most experienced trad climbers, is running a new trad coaching program in collaboration with the Colorado Mountain School for beginner through advanced leaders. He volunteered to help SCARPA readers make it to their next level in trad climbing.
Do you ever think, “What do I need to do to be a better trad climber?”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
What 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.
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.”