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Rebel GTX Carbon: Ueli Steck and SCARPA create another masterpiece

Apr. 5th 2012

Ueli Steck wearing the Rebel GTX Carbon, photo in Outside Magazine, March

Light. Fast. Dependable. Those are the three words Ueli Steck wants to hear when he thinks about designing boots with SCARPA. Their latest collaboration is just that: The Rebel GTX Carbon is the designing duo’s most recent masterpiece in alpine performance and versatility. Comfortable on snow, rock and ice, the Rebel is home anywhere in the alpine landscape. Absolute commitment is paramount in climbing at this level, so why shouldn’t absolute commitment be made to creating the best boot possible? SCARPA and Ueli Steck are on the same page, and the Rebel is testament to that commitment.

Ueli has made a point of balancing marathon style endurance with technical craftsmanship in his pursuits of climbing long alpine routes. SCARPA wants to help him develop the best possible tools with which to continue on his path. The Rebel is meant to be as comfortable as a running shoe, nimble as a rock shoe, and yet crampon compatible, and tough enough to perform in the high peaks, allowing him to climb at his limit with confidence.

From the ground up, the Rebel begins with the Mulaz sole from Vibram®, providing the perfect balance of climbing proficiency, traction and weight savings. Broad support surfaces at the tip, or “climbing zone” are particularly useful for climbing rocky passages where grip is essential. The lightweight tri-density midsole is the ergonomic, low profile foundation, while the low volume alpine last creates that precise, rock shoe fit and feel.

The Carbon fiber insole maintains structural integrity without a lot of weight, as the nylon L-Tec Lorica upper cuff retains its supple, articulate hold on the ankles, but allows full articulation for technical moves over rock and ice. The Gore Tex® tongue closure reduces any excess bulk, keeps the fit snug, warm and clean, and also increases overall sensitivity. At less than 3lbs. per pair (size 42) they are the lightest boot in the tech mountain category.

While many of us won’t climb at Ueli’s level, it doesn’t mean we can’t experience the same fit, comfort and performance SCARPA strives for as we create our own experiences in the mountains.

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