Randonee racers are their own breed of skiers. Tights-wearing, gram-counting, lung-busting animals with an unnatural capacity to RUN… not walk, not skin… RUN uphill. SCARPA-shod rando racers have long dominated ski mountaineering races in Europe with our F1 series boot. So much so that the starting line in European racing is commonly referred to as the Linea Verde, the Green Line, due to so many F1’s lined up and down the start!)
While North America is still a relative newcomer to the ski mountaineering race scene, the number of North American-based races and racers continues to increase, as does the availability of rando racing products designed specifically to meet the unique performance demands of the sport.
Witness the new benchmark in rando racing boot technology, SCARPA’s new Alien and Alien 1.0 boots, to be available in North America in Fall 2011.
A little background: As is always the case, if you want the best feedback on any kind of product, the best source is the folks who put that product to the pinnacle test. So it was a given that SCARPA would put the Alien 1.0 to the test on its top rando racers as part of the development process, for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 World Cup race seasons.
The results? The Alien 1.0 has consistently been on the podium in the EU racing scene. In the last two seasons, racers using the Alien 1.0 have rounded up 12 first-place finishes and 10 seconds. The Ski Mountaineering World Championships happened last month in Claut, Italy, and the top-finishing men’s and women’s racing teams were on this boot.
And so, after SCARPA debuted the Alien/Alien 1.0 at ISPO last month, SCARPA North America can now present the Alien boots though only to a limited number of specialty retailers for Fall 2011.
With that, here’s the dirt on the Alien 1.0 and the Alien: Continue reading...