Within SCARPA’s Alpine Touring and Freeride ski boot fleets, including NTN telemark boots with tech fittings, mounting procedures and positions aren’t the same across the board. With different lower cuffs, scaffos, as described by the Italians, SCARPA has different positions for optimal pivots within four touring categories.
SCARPA’s eye for ergonomics pays heed to the nuance of movement. Freeride and Alpine Touring boots constructed on the same scaffo, such as the Skookum, Mobe, and Shaka, should all have their toe piece mounted 4mm back from the standard jig mount while the heel piece remains flush and in sync with the jig for proper mount location. Rando Race boots such as the F1, F1 Race, and F1 Carbon should have the toe piece mounted 6mm back for optimal pivot positioning.
The tech positions for these specific models give a superior and more efficient stride overall. It’s not something that is noticed right off, but something you’ll experience at the end of the day, as it’s designed to save energy in much longer tours. Think “less tired” when you get back to the trailhead.
Because the Maestrale and his sister Gea have a specific lower cuff physique, with large range of motion, as well as a more pronounced, rockered sole and lower profile scaffo, standard mounting applies, as does it for the NTN boots featuring tech fittings.
SCARPA recommends taking your boots to the shop for accurate mounting. Explain to them you need to have your toe piece mounted properly. This is not a complicated process with a jig, but accuracy is paramount.
If you’re pretty savvy with self-mounting, you can do it on your own, but if the mounting is off, it causes havoc with releasability and tech fitting matchup, creating the faster than normal breakdown of materials because you’ll potentially produce more friction from the pins.
Additionally, always make sure your ski tech mounts the heel post in the center of its adjustment track to accommodate the potential for small increases/decreases in boot sole length of various boots. It’s worth asking to make sure they do this; sometimes ski techs don’t check where the heel post is in the range of adjustment before they mount.