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 the SCARPA ski design team really went back to ground zero on this one and thought about all the elements – weight, range of motion, power for the descent, and, of course, how to balance all those elements in just the right combo for a touring boot – given new technology that has become available.
Oh, and did we mention they cost $599? While six bills in nothing to scoff at (we do have a lot of ski bum friends around here), shop around and you’ll find these beat out the competition on that front as well.