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The Maestrale RS Continues Its Rising Arc

Feb. 20th 2014

In the mountains, it’s sometimes hard to find your identity. Even harder is maintaining that identity in the ever-evolving world of alpinism. But the Maestrale RS, SCARPA’s most award-winning alpine touring boot to date, has an identity based upon a firm foundation: downhill power and maximum tourability.

Similar to its newer cousin, the Freedom SL, The RS has resort-based aspirations, but its true passion yearns for the trailhead, and the glory that comes with backcountry and ski mountaineering ambitions. The body of the RS 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 Maestrale’s initial 100 flex. However, it only adds 1.4oz (40g) in additional weight – less than a pound per pair than the slightly more muscular Freedom SL.

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Life on High: Himalayan Guide Fabrizio Zangrilli sounds off

Dec. 4th 2012

For Fabrizio Zangrilli, a lot can happen in a year. Spanning the globe, the veteran high alpine guide spends the changing seasons leading clients into the vast vertical wilderness, whether on snow, rock or ice. We were able to track him down before he left for yet another season in Nepal. The recently turned 40 mountain guide and high altitude athlete gave us some insight on how he’s going to embrace the next decade, what projects he’s thinking about, and how to enjoy the virtues of taking people to new heights.

You’ve been quite busy guiding the last year. What have been some of the highlights? In the past 12 months I have been very busy; Spring 2011, I was on Makalu, then summer was another season on K2, and the Fall I was on Kyazo Ri, Island Peak and Nuptse’s west face. It was a long year spent at high altitude with not much of a break. I spent 3 months in the winter of ’11/12 in Chamonix skiing, spiced up with a bunch of days ice climbing in Cogne. This spring [2012] I was back in Nepal guiding on Lobuche East and Cholatse, then flew to the Alaska Range for a month.

I lived in Estes Park, Colorado this summer rock guiding during the day. It was a great change of pace to go home every night, to be able to go out for dinner with friends, and have a bit of time to reboot the system for this coming Fall in Nepal.

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4 Weeks of SCARPA Facebook contests start this week

Nov. 29th 2012

‘Tis the season of giving and SCARPA is feeling especially generous this year. Over the next four weeks, SCARPA is hosting four product giveaways on our Facebook page. Simply head over to facebook.com/scarpana and click “Like” to unlock your entry.

Starting this week on Monday, November 26, a new contest will begin each Monday until December 17, for lucky fans who will win trail shoes, climbing shoes, ice climbing boots or ski boots from SCARPA.

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More than a paint job: Scarpa’s Maestrale gets some body work.

Oct. 9th 2012

SCARPA didn’t have to do much to better the Maestrale, a proven balance of uphill ergonomics and downhill capability; its dependable performance has made it the most popular AT boot in SCARPA history. Instead, they took a design that works and gave it a couple simple tweaks. Think of it this way—the new Maestrale RS is essentially the same vehicle as the original, only it has a little more under the hood.

The RS means “Renn Sport” in German, or racing sport. It’s a way of saying they charge on the downhill. The new paint job separates 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 Maestrale’s intitial 100 flex; yet it only adds 1.4oz (40g) in additional weight—about as much as a gel pack.

Two slight alterations in the RS include the Zeus buckles, which help to increase power and cuff closure, and the Predator RS instep heel retention, which provides maximum heel hold and augments 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 1000-foot couloir of blower pow—or boilerplate.

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SCARPA boots win five ski boot awards for Fall 2012

Sep. 6th 2012

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.

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