Scarpa North America Blog

Hurricane vs.Hurricane Pro: Differences and Similarities

Jan. 17th 2012

When it comes to weather, we all like a good natural disaster. When a category four hurricane gets an upgrade to five, well, that’s when the party starts. So, it goes for SCARPA. In the case of the upgraded Hurricane Pro, the increases to the dynamic freeride boot have made a solid boot even better. With great attention to detail, SCARPA has focused on the highlights of the original Hurricane, and strived to make them more refined, efficient and stronger for the Pro.

Designed to drive any ski on either side of the resort gates, the Hurricane has been a go-to tool for patrollers, schoolers and slackcountry champs alike for the last few years. Four buckles, interchangeable AFD and lug soles, and progressive flex have given it that universal appeal for skiers who want one freeride boot for everything. So, why not make it better?

To begin, the Pro is using slightly stiffer Pebax Rnew™ plastic, upping the flex index from 120 to 125, a small, but simple gain in power. The upper cuff is also slightly higher, which works in concert with the stiffer flex, and provides an exponentially superior side-to-side quickness and power during short-swing and long-radius turns.

There’s also a new walk feature. The Powerblock Tour provides walkability for sidecountry exploits and short tours. While the fore/aft range isn’t that of the Maestrale, the Pro provides added efficiency when bootpacking, skinning short distances, and overall ease of mobility when not clicked in. To top it all off, the Active Powerstrap replaces the static Velcro band, adding dynamic support, increased responsiveness, and further eliminates shin bang.

The guts of the boots have improved too. Still light, still warm, SCARPA has continued using Intuition liners. But with the Pro, they’ve one-upped themselves by using a slightly more streamlined and comfortable tongue liner, the Speed Pro G, which shaves material by design, yet still provides Intuition’s respected warmth, form-fitted comfort and lightness of foot.

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