Testers said the all new 2018 Scarpa Gea RS is a no-compromise solution for backcountry skiers looking for uphill efficiency and downhill performance without sacrificing a comfortable fit. Our tests confirmed that the new, cross-membered V-Frame cuff and carbon-infused Grilamid lower shell make for a light and rigid system for sending movements directly to the ski—testers called it light and energetic.
Spacious and perhaps a bit boxier than the Gea RS of old, testers liked the toebox freedom (fits long and wide there) for a little more blood flow and warmth while touring. They mentioned that the ankle pockets were a little aggressive prior to thermo-forming the Intuition Cross Fit Pro Flex G women's specific liner (which they liked for its light weight and high moldability). Testers also said that the feel on the shin was pretty firm before molding but that it improved substantially.
One tester said: "Dominates the ski from tip to tail!" Another called it a solid touring boot with great dynamic balance. Uphill tests yielded similarly positive commentary regarding ease of use of the metal-to-metal hike mode mechanism and long-travel, friction-free touring range of motion. For good skiing women who want as easy an up as possible but don't want to back off on aggressive skiing, the Gea RS should be on their short list.
The Wave Closure System was a little tricky to figure out on initial trials, but the wire loop and pulley arrangement on the lower buckle functions well at feather weight. Testers like the minimalist power strap with its integrated finger pull loop. They also like the hot pink "flame" colored buckles.
“Cavernous toebox but biting on the ankles.” -- Michael Kendrick Powderly