Do you consider yourself a dedicated backcountry denizen, aspiring ski mountaineer, or simply like to make the right call with AT boots? Powder skiing, skin tracks, couloirs, bootpacks, ridgelines, the goal for AT boots has always been to balance uphill ergonomics with downhill chops. Well, the Rush is on.
Stripped to the waist, SCARPA’s Rush is the svelte sibling to the Maestrale. Built with three buckles as opposed to four, active PowerStrap, tech fittings, and 40° fore and aft walking range, the Rush still weighs less than 6lbs. 5 oz. per pair dripping wet, and it’s always up for getting down.
Professional ski mountaineer and SCARPA athlete Andrew McLean has been wooed by the Rush’s siren calls. Making a habit of searching out some of the world’s most remote and technical terrain, one could argue he gets after it. Currently readying himself for his fourth Antarctica trip, Andrew will be taking a pair of Rush’s, and not his favorite-to-date Maestrales, for the occasion. The Reason? “The Rush is a little lighter, bit simpler,” he says, “and I think it’ll be great for the type of touring we do down there.”