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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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SCARPA Maestrale, TX Pro win Backcountry Mag 2011 Editor’s Choice Award

Aug. 25th 2011


Here in the more northern parts of the country, there are many signs that – despite it still being summer – ski season is most decidedly on the way. The nights are getting cooler. Bars conversations inevitably turn to what gear you should be on this season. And the ski mags’ gear guides are starting to show up in mailboxes.

This week, Backcountry Magazine’s first issue, its annual gear guide, is out, and SCARPA boots won two 2011 Editor’s Choice Awards, the Maestrale in alpine-touring and the Terminator X Pro, also known as the TX Pro, in telemark.

You can read their take in the magazine, but suffice to say they liked what they saw. What’s the rest of the the story?

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Urban Climber gives Editor’s Choice to SCARPA Instinct Slipper

Mar. 31st 2011

As winter transitions to spring here in the Colorado front range, and thoughts turn more and more to the rock, we were excited here at SCARPA to find out this week that one of the more unique rock shoes in our collection, the Instinct S, received an Editor’s Choice from Urban Climber Magazine. The award is outlined in its 2011 spring gear guide, which just hit the streets.

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SCARPA hits the CBS Early Show

Mar. 28th 2011

Although SCARPA is more well-known for building footwear for outdoor sports like skiing, climbing, backpacking and mountaineering, quality and comfort are traits that translate to everyday use as well.

In that vein, we’re proud to be recognized in the April issue of Prevention in the category of best footwear for all-day use. The Caipirihna, a new shoe in SCARPA’s lifestyle line, turned heads in this year’s Prevention footwear test, earning one of the top spots in the spring footwear review.

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Backpacker Magazine highlights SCARPA Terra, Luna for ‘cushy comfort’ in a full-leather hiking boot

Mar. 23rd 2011

Backpacker Magazine’s annual spring gear guide just hit the newsstands, and SCARPA was once again honored to earn another strong endorsement for its footwear from one of the most core magazines (and probably the most rigorous testing process) in the industry, this time for the new Terra (men’s) and Luna (women’s) hiking/backpacking boots.

The Terra and Luna are boots designed for light hiking or lighter-load backpacking – places where hikers can benefit from all-leather, Gore-Tex protection. And there are lots of those places, which explains why this boot resonated not just with Backpacker, but with a lot of SCARPA’s retailers.

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SCARPA North America to distribute the world’s most innovative randonee racing boots – the SCARPA Alien and Alien 1.0 – for Fall 2011.

Mar. 3rd 2011

Randonee racers are their own breed of skiers.  Tights-wearing, gram-counting, lung-busting animals with an unnatural capacity to RUN… not walk, not skin… RUN uphill.  SCARPA-shod rando racers have long dominated ski mountaineering races in Europe with our F1 series boot. So much so that the starting line in European racing is commonly referred to as the Linea Verde, the Green Line, due to so many F1’s lined up and down the start!)

While North America is still a relative newcomer to the ski mountaineering race scene, the number of North American-based races and racers continues to increase, as does the availability of rando racing products designed specifically to meet the unique performance demands of the sport.

Witness the new benchmark in rando racing boot technology, SCARPA’s new Alien and Alien 1.0 boots, to be available in North America in Fall 2011.

A little background: As is always the case, if you want the best feedback on any kind of product, the best source is the folks who put that product to the pinnacle test. So it was a given that SCARPA would put the Alien 1.0 to the test on its top rando racers as part of the development process, for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 World Cup race seasons.

The results? The Alien 1.0 has consistently been on the podium in the EU racing scene. In the last two seasons, racers using the Alien 1.0 have rounded up 12 first-place finishes and 10 seconds. The Ski Mountaineering World Championships happened last month in Claut, Italy, and the top-finishing men’s and women’s racing teams were on this boot.

And so, after SCARPA debuted the Alien/Alien 1.0 at ISPO last month, SCARPA North America can now present the Alien boots though only to a limited number of specialty retailers for Fall 2011.

With that, here’s the dirt on the Alien 1.0 and the Alien:

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Catching up with…Polar Explorer and Climate Change Champion Eric Larsen

Feb. 24th 2011

This last November SCARPA athlete and polar explorer Eric Larsen completed his Save the Poles expedition – and epic trip involving reaching both the North and South Pole and the summit of Mount Everest in a calendar year to raise awareness of Global Warming.

He placed himself in the some of the world’s most remote, and otherwise most inhospitable environments to show why they’re worth saving. Through his efforts he’s garnered attention on the world stage. Now, months after his journey, we got him to answer a few questions about what it means to realize a major life goal.

Q – You’ve successfully completed the expedition. You’ve been interviewed and celebrated in the media. Was it what you expected? Do you feel you drew the kind of attention you sought for regarding global warming?

EL – Honestly, I expected I would be able to promote more climate change initiatives—solutions to the problem of global warming. Instead I spend a lot of my time simply verifying that, yes, these places are indeed melting. I had substantial media coverage, but there is definitely more I can do. This story isn’t finished yet.

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Alpinist Mountain Standards reviews SCARPA Force rock shoe

Jan. 3rd 2011

A good balance of performance and durability in a comfortable, flat-lasted rock shoe was what SCARPA was looking for when it released the Force. Now, Alpinist’s Mountain Standards program, which employs mountain guides to put gear through the paces and proffer their judgment after extended months of testing, gives its verdict on how the Force delivers.

We’ll save you the drama: “A well-built, all-around shoe with good performance and excellent comfort, the Force is my go-to shoe for long, moderate routes.”

Check out the full review by guide Jed Workman here.

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Meastrale, Gea set the bar in lightweight, four-buckle alpine-touring boots

Nov. 30th 2010

Now that it’s officially ski season (and the good news is, it has been for while in many parts of North America), people can get down to the business of ski touring. And we are excited about touring this season here at SCARPA North America …

Beyond the usual seasonal stoke, we’re excited because we’ve introduced what we believe are a couple of bar-setting/category-defining products this season, the Meastrale and the Gea, which is the women’s counterpart to the Meastrale. What’s so cool, you ask?

Well, if you will indulge … these are the lightest (3 lbs, 6 ozs. and 2 lbs. 15 ounces per boot respectively), stiffest, four-buckle alpine-touring boots currently on the market. Add to that an astounding 39 degrees of cuff range and 24 degree backward from vertical (measured off the ankle pivot point, for you techies out there, and we do know you’re out there), and you’ve got some boots that rule for going uphill. But, what’s even more notable is they pack a pretty amazing amount of punch for going down. They’ll drive a pretty big ski … which is good since skis keep getting bigger.

But, yeah, we make ‘em, so we understand: you’re skeptical.

So don’t take our word for it. We were stoked to get some independent verification over at WildSnow.com earlier this year, so check out what the notoriously techy (and we mean that in the most positive sense of the word) testers over WS HQ thought about the Meastrale.

Long story short, we’re pretty stoked on these boots, because

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SCARPA Hurricane wins Skiing Magazine ‘Tester’s Choice’ Award

Nov. 8th 2010

Here at SCARPA, the stoke level is high. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s getting close to ski season…

But, to be more specific, we’re also stoked about accolades this month for the Hurricane from Skiing Magazine’s testers.

In this year’s Skiing Magazine’s Annual Gear Guide, the boot section opens by preaching the gospel of skiing with this nugget of wisdom: “as the interface between you and your skis, boots are your most crucial piece of gear.”

Word.

So, winning a 2011 ‘Tester’s Choice’ Award in the boot category has us pretty excited, especially because we weren’t just up against other manufacturers of backcountry boots, but all the alpine boot makers as well.

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