Scarpa Gea RS

Model Year
2017-18
Category
Backcountry
Last Width
101
Flex Index
125
Price (MSRP)
$795.00USD

The Gist

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.

The Fit

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.

Performance

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.

Cool Features

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.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-27
Hike Mode 
Yes
Heat Moldable Liner 
Yes
Construction 
Cabrio/3-PC
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
Gea, $695
Cantology Compatible 
Total Avg Score 
20.00
  • 2017-18 Scarpa Gea RS at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Scarpa Gea RS at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • Allison Miles testing the 2017-18 Scarpa Gea RS at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Scarpa Gea RS at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “You don't have to back off on aggressive skiing in the backcountry with this light but muscular boot!” -- Michael Kendrick Powderly
  • “A great balanced stance on a solid touring boot.” -- Allison Miles
  • “Easy transitions from the resort to the backcountry.” -- Kimberly Kinney

Caveats

This boot available at...

Portland, OR
Telluride, CO
Telluride, CO
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Stowe, VT
Warren, VT

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