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How to retrofit SCARPA Hurricanes, T-Races with the Powerblock Tour mechanism

Nov. 9th 2010

Following up on yesterday’s post about the Hurricane winning Skiing Magazine’s 2011 Tester’s Choice Award, one of the major differences between this year’s version of the Hurricane and previous year’s versions of the Hurricane is the fact that this year the Hurricane has a tour/walk mechanism. And not just any tour/walk mechanism.

The Powerblock Tour is a tour/walk mechanism on steriods – the most powerful such mechanism on the market, and the closest thing yet that anyone has come up with in terms of replicating the power of a fixed-cuff boot in something that will comfortably and functionally tour and walk.

Basically, the Powerblock Tour is not only beefier in terms of design, but it’s got tighter tolerances, so that it’s a performance game-changer. In past years, given that the Hurricane is one of our pinnacle freeride boots, SCARPA employed a fixed-cuff design in which you could adjust the forward lean to a desired position.

It’s worth noting that this same mechanism is coming stock on the new T-Race (also previously a fixed-cuff boot) and the new T1 and T1 Women (Fall 2010 versions).

The good news for owners of previous year’s Hurricanes and T-Races is that you can easily retrofit the Powerblock tour onto older version of the boots. We can do that for you here in SCARPA’s service center (call 303-998-2895 to set that up), or – with a little experience and savvy – you can do it yourself.

Here’s how:

Powerblock Tour – FR: Fits Hurricane with Powerblock (fixed anodized anthracite heel piece)

PowerBlock Tour – 75mm: Fits T-Race with Powerblock (fixed, anodized red heel piece)

Tools and parts needed: hammer, punch, 3mm allen wrench, #3 pozi drive (or large Phillips head screwdriver) and SCARPA Power Block Tour (PBT) Kit

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Backcountry Mag gives SCARPA four Editor’s Choice Awards

Sep. 8th 2010

Backcountry Magazine’s first issue of the year, its annual gear guide, just came out, and the folks over here at SCARPA were psyched to be the recipients of four Editor’s Choice Awards for ski boots in the Fall 2010 collection – more awards than any other single boot manufacturer.

Boots that won awards include two ski boots in the freeride/alpine-touring collection, the Mobe, a tech-compatible, lightweight AT boot with serious downhill chops (see photo), as well as the Shaka, a women’s AT boot that’ll do it all – touring to area skiing.

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