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SCARPA Alien Series: Ski Mountaineering Meets Rando Race Efficiency

Feb. 25th 2015

The fusion of rando race efficiency with ski mountaineering is changing the way we ski. Whether it’s big mountain pursuits, in a comp, or simply in our backyard hills, this new dynamic is turning out of reach objectives and better race performances into realities.

Andy Dorais skinning in the Aliens.

Andy Dorais skinning in the Aliens.

Combining the lightweight aesthetics of skimo racing with backcountry proficiency, SCARPA has engineered the Alien and Alien 1.0, the benchmark for ultra-light touring and racing performance. With ergonomics that maximize cuff articulation and natural striding, these boot essentials are available for skiers who want the freedom of movement in a boot that can get them into the hills like they’ve never done before.

SCARPA Alien

SCARPA Alien

At 1 pound 8 ounces per boot (size 27), SCARPA’s Alien 1.0 showcases their carbon core technology. Top value in its class comes in wrapping the foot for superior rigidity without being exposed to the abuse of ski edges like competing carbon boots—a major consideration for high stakes racing environments. For the alpine denizens who prize the fleetness of foot, the standard Alien boasts a polyamide cuff that’s slightly more forgiving, and adds only 7 ounces to the entire package. Both boots utilize a single throw buckle that locks the cuff for downhill skiing in one simple, singular motion.

SCARPA Alien 1.0

SCARPA Alien 1.0

The genius to the buckle closure is the implementation of a pull cord into a state-of-the-art design for a stripped down, smart and efficient ski/walk feature. Moreover, by replacing the bottom buckle with the quick acting Boa® closure system, the efficiency is raised, while simultaneously shaving weight and bulk. This change retains a formable scaffo (bottom shell) that can hug the foot for control and still provide maximum comfort for long days in the hills. Call it minimalistic bliss. “In the spring, when the snow transforms into spring corn,” says SCARPA athlete Chris Davenport, “I find I can move very fast with the Aliens on my feet, and still ski that corn snow with confidence and even speed.”

A SCARPA Alien invasion at the starting line.

A SCARPA Alien invasion at the starting line.

A lot of that confidence can be credited to the Alien specific Intuition® liners. The 1.0 utilizes the strengths of a specifically designed overlap liner that features a special articulated tongue that maximizes fore and aft articulation, but when locked down gives the necessary stiffness of an overlap thermoformable mold. The standard Alien makes good with a traditional tongue liner that excels with natural strides, yet works in concert with the Boa® closure system and upper cuff to provide essential strength to drive skis with power and confidence. No matter how you chase the wild snow, SCARPA’s Alien boots are the foundation for an extraterrestrial skiing experience.

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