In its 2011/12 Buyer’s Guide, Powder Magazine named three SCARPA ski boots winners of its annual Skier’s Choice Award, an accolade that denotes products that Powder Magazine’s editors and contributing writers feel are among the best in their class. Boots that won this year’s award include the Mobe, T-1 and Maestrale.
The SCARPA Mobe is a freeride boot with tech fittings, so it works with any alpine-touring binding, including tech bindings like Dynafit and the G3 Onyx, or with bindings like the Marker Duke or Baron. As Powder’s Editors noted, it may be an AT boot, but it’ll drive any board – inbounds or out. “Very few boots do it as well as the Mobe,” Powder wrote.
The T-1, a classic SCARPA boot that has been redesigned and upgraded a number of times since it was first introduced in the mid 1990s, is a regular favorite of the Powder editorial team, having won a Skier’s Choice Award several times in past years. The newest incarnation of this boot, which was new for Fall 2010, similarly impressed the team for both comfort and the ability to drive big skis. ” … I’d go out dancing on the T-1s. As comfortable as these shoes are, they are powerful too.”
What’s most interesting, though, is that this year the Maestrale also won a Skier’s Choice Award. That’s interesting because in past years, Powder’s focus on gear it covers has been decidedly weighted toward downhill- and sidecountry-focused gear, and the Maestrale is a ski-touring boot. But, it’s a unique boot – very powerful for how light it is and how much range of motion it offers in tour mode. So we’re psyched that a touring boot made the team at Powder take note.
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