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SCARPA Phantom Boot Lacing and Maintenance

Dec. 19th 2013

Designed for utilization at high altitudes, SCARPA’s Phantom boot features an easy to use quick-lace system, rear randing locks heels, and a waterproof T-Zip and integrated gaitor to keep your feet warm and dry even if conditions become slushy. The Phantom’s technology lends itself to stand up to any terrain you trek it through but regular maintenance and correct lacing will help keep this high-performing boot in excellent shape.

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Against the Grain: The Rebel Pro’s Values

Dec. 12th 2013

Four-season versatility; it’s the new black when it comes to technical mountain boots. Designed with the help of Swiss Ace climber Ueli Steck, SCARPA’s Rebel Pro GTX is the lightest full service, all-mountain alpine climbing boot on the market. Whether your thing is steep ice, mixed terrain, demanding alpine routes, or simply all of the above, the super-light Rebel Pro GTX is the correct answer.

The boot’s first contact with the world is The Vibram sole, which provides the perfect balance of climbing proficiency, traction and weight savings. Broad support surfaces at the tip, or “climbing zone” are particularly useful when climbing rocky passages were grip is essential. Accepting full and semi-automatic crampons, the Pro can appeal to a broad array for cramponing preferences as well.

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A look at the different ways of building mountain footwear

Sep. 12th 2013

The different kinds of sports you can do in the mountains are as varied as the great mountain ranges of the world. Thus, it’s no surprise that there are different approaches to building the various kinds of mountain footwear for different sports.

Do you need a lot of support for carrying a big pack or a rigid midsole for climbing steep ice? Or do you need to feel the surface of the rock to gain maximum friction for climbing, or perhaps increase shock absorption on the trail for running?

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Putting It Into Perspective: A walk through SCARPA’s factory floor

Apr. 5th 2013

Until you reach the source, it’s often hard to fully understand how products are imagined, designed and created. Last week, a group of North American media and folks from SCARPA’s North American arm made the pilgrimage to the small agrarian town of Asolo, Italy, to have a look into how the 75-year-old company stays on top. When we arrived in the front office on that rainy March afternoon, one thing became abundantly clear: it’s a family affair.

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How to make sure your ski boots are ready for ski season

Oct. 5th 2011

Anticipation. For skiers, Fall is full of it. With Winter’s pending arrival, we constantly dig out gear, tinker with gadgets, find out what needs repairs, what needs replacing—all of this to pass the time until the snow flies.

Hurricane ProOne could argue boot preparations are the most important element of the process, and ensuring their well-being is paramount for an enjoyable and engaging winter season. We spoke with SCARPA shop ace Dave Maziarz about common wear-and-tear issues on ski boots, and the best ways to make sure your boots are ready when the snow flies.

What is the most common evidence of disrepair you see?
Sloppiness in the boot. Letting parts or hardware loosen can cause damage to the boot beyond just losing screws and buckles in the field.

What are the most significant signs of wear and tear to look for?
Most of our boots have plastic parts on them that also double as edge guards. These prevent the lower shell from getting damaged by ski edges. On our Tele boots (75mm and NTN), this part is the tongue. On our Alpine Touring and Freeride boots, they are usually the plastic straps on the boot that the lower buckles attach to. This is more important on the Tele boots because after the edge guard/tongue wears down, the ski edge will start to tear up the bellow of the boot and there is no way to repair a hole in the bellow. Depending on skiing style, width of ski, etc., these may need to be replaced anywhere from one season to four seasons. If someone is skiing hard, it is normal to see these parts wear out, so contact SCARPA for replacements.

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