Lots of skiers are demanding an “everything” ski boot, a hard charger that handles the rigors of inbounds terrain, that will tour far from the resort gates, and slay the heli lines of Alaska. They want the Quiver-of-One. SCARPA’s answer is the Mobe (Mo-bay, in case you were wondering), a four-buckle freeride workhorse that has all the support and stiffness of a performance downhill boot, but with the ergonomics, tech fittings, and rockered lug sole of a capable backcountry gun.
Veteran freeride competitor and SCARPA-sponsored athlete Mike Leake has put the Mobe through the ringer. The full-time Grand Targhee ski patroller spent the last season working five days a week in the Mobe and fell in love with it.
His take: “The Mobe is an extremely versatile ski boot that will drive the biggest skis on the market just like a high performance race stock boot, and yet it has a very functional metal supported walk mode [in the Powerblock Tour] with Dynafit compatibility.”
For a patroller spending long and cold days on the clock, a heavy, sluggish boot doesn’t bode well for longevity. SCARPA knows this, and designed the Mobe to use the Intuition Speed Pro Liner, keeping weight down without sacrificing performance, and Pebax construction, which yields a light but stiff shell. Leake is a believer.
“This boot is much lighter than any other boot of this caliber and it’s a quantum leap in bridging the gap between the freeride and AT worlds,” he says. “It’s the perfect ski/work boot in that it is light weight, durable, has a durable walk/tour mode, has a Vibram sole, and most importantly, it is comfortable. This boot can go anywhere and do anything, and that is what a ski patroller needs out of a boot.”
But that doesn’t mean it’s only for patrollers. “The Mobe is constructed with V-frame power ribs that are stout enough to handle high speed edging, rough terrain, and large airs,” maintains Leake, who ditches the cross on his weekends in search of challenging terrain in his home Teton Range.
With aggressive yet svelte structure, and overall comfy performance fit and function, the Mobe bridges the gap for alpine skiers looking to broaden their horizons (in bounds or out) and veteran backcountry denizens who value the stout, capable freeride feel.