At SCARPA, we believe that plastic reconstructive surgery can have long-term benefits. One good example: the Gea RS, our upgraded top of the line women’s Alpine Touring boot. The RS means “Renn Sport” in German, or racing sport. It’s a way of saying they rule on the downhill. But, ladies, bare in mind they still maintain a 37-degree range of motion for all-out tourability. The new bright colors separate it for sure, but the body of the boot is comprised of Polyamide instead of Pebax, which has a slightly higher strength to weight ratio, giving the RS a 120 flex index (20% advantage) over the original Gea’s 100 flex; yet it only adds 1.4oz (40g) in additional weight—about as much as a gel pack.
Two slight modifications in the Gea RS include the Zeus buckles, which help to increase power and cuff closure, and the Predator RS instep heel retention, providing supreme heel hold and bolstering the tongue stiffness. Like its predecessor, the RS’s progressive flex provides both sensitivity and power transmission to the ski edges in situations when precision turns are paramount. Because backcountry conditions include the worst as much as the best in snow quality, the additional security of the RS is a welcome addition when you’re staring down a snowfield of blower pow—or breakable crust.