It may not be snowing yet, but we’re ready for the day when it does. Here at SCARPA North America headquarters in Boulder, ski boot shipping is in full swing.
And we’re excited and honored that many of our new ski boots – along with the innovative new NTN Freedom telemark binding – are earning accolades from ski test editors. In the last few weeks, the annual first issues of many of the ski magazines, covering the season’s best new gear, have shown up on newsstands and in PO boxes.
SCARPA’s Maestrale RS and its women’s counterpart, the Gea RS, earned an Editor’s Choice Award from Backcountry Magazine, an Official Ski Test Selection Award from Skiing Magazine, and a Skier’s Choice Award from Powder Magazine.
We say, trifecta! And clearly, people got what’s special about a boot that weighs 3 pounds, 7 ounces, has 39 degrees of cuff range, the most in class, and somehow locks down to a true 120 alpine flex. Yeah, we know people throw flex numbers around that don’t quite cut it out in the real world, but skiers will find this 120 flex a solid reflection of reality.
“An alpha male boot with a weight-to-power ratio that will keep you at the front of the pack heading up or down,” said Backcountry Magazine’s Editor’s. “If you split your time 50/50 between resort and bc tours, the Maestrale RS is the ideal one-and-done boot.”
We’d agree with that assessment, except for that alpha male part. The Gea RS is all alpha female.
In addition, Powder gave its Skier’s Choice Award to the Mobe, SCARPA’s tech binding-compatible sidecountry boot.
And, in the telemark department, Backcountry Magazine also bestowed Editor’s Choice on the new Terminator X, SCARPA’s most tour-friendly NTN binding-compatible boot, as well as the new Rottefella NTN Freedom binding, the lighter, more ski-touring focused version of the NTN binding.
So now … snow.