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The new Gea RS: It’s not just cosmetic surgery

Feb. 8th 2013

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.

The boot’s low profile sole is nimble in hikes and scrambling, and the sparse lug pattern reduces unnecessary weight while maintaining ample traction. It also features a slightly upgraded Intuition™ liner that incorporates small reinforcements to the upper cuff and tongue that enhance the structural integrity from the inside out.

Please take note as SCARPA takes women specifics seriously. Both the outer shell and liner are made with the female anatomical form in mind. Using a specific last, meaning the shape on which the liner is built, the Gea RS takes its initial female shape. SCARPA also takes into account the differences in foot and leg dimensions, such as a narrower heel, lower calf muscles, and a higher instep that are common to female composition. What we get is every bit as performance and fit-oriented as the award-winning Maestrale RS, but in a formula that addresses the female form.

By design, the Gea RS is a backcountry AT boot, but with the recalibrated balance of downhill power and maximum tourability, the spectrum of use stretches in both directions, making the Gea RS a desirable partner for a long, dynamic relationship. It can better hold its own with the demands of resort-based skiing, but will allow you the freedom to take them deeper into the backcountry, where every good and bad condition can happen on a single tour. What’s not to love?

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