You don’t ever want to find out at the base of the first rock pitch that your rope has a core shot in it. And the same way you inspect your climbing gear before you head into the mountains, the warm months are the ideal time to make sure your ski boots are in tip-top shape to take you all the way through the winter.
At SCARPA, we pride ourselves on building footwear rugged enough for the world’s most extreme places, but anything that gets put through the ringer in extreme environments (and especially footwear like ski-touring boots with moving parts) wears over time. You don’t want to find out the rivet on your cuff had one too many miles on it eight miles into the backcountry.
So, in August, SCARPA North America’s repair center is running a special to encourage folks to get their boots dialed out now, rather than once the snow hits (when repairs can sometimes be backed up due to high demand, and thus take more time). Send us your boots before August 31, 2012, along with the attached form, we’ll do any repair work needed (cost is $60 an hour; normal repair time on ski boots is 30-60 minutes), and then we’ll ship ‘em back on our dime (U.S. only).
And, in that vein, what should you look for in assessing whether your boots are ready for the ski season? Some of the culprits include loose hardware, and worn ankle rivets and buckles. Here’s a good overview of what to look for when assessing if your boots need some love. In addition, scuff guards and new soles (when you have replaceable soles) are other things to watch for.
Finally, sloppy liners are another issue. Sometimes it’s time for a new pair, but often – with SCARPA’s Intuition liners, which use the most pack out-resistant foam on the market – you can remold your liners, improving fit in the process and breathing new life into your boots.
If you have any questions about getting your boots worked on, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.