The 2021/2022 Scarpa Gea RS was tested in the women’s Backcountry category by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.
One of testers perennial faves, the Gea RS did not disappoint again this year. Testers like the even, medium width fit that comes with no surprises but rather a functional combination of comfort and hold for both touring and descending. The Gea RS sets the women’s backcountry boot standard for a solid blend of fit and performance skills, testers said, noting that the touring mode range of motion is one of the best in class.
The 101mm last labeling worked for our test team who said it fit slightly more generously in the toebox and forefoot but otherwise had a firm mediumish grip on the foot leg throughout, mentioning zero hot spots or fit issues, even without fully molding the Intuition tongue-style liner. The cuff height and stance angles worked well for skiing and touring both, testers said.
While the goal of the BC boot is to avoid pistes, testers said that tests on firm surfaces yielded solid, stable results, and they said that the boot did an admirable job of controlling the skis through variable and difficult snow conditions.
The use of Grilamid Bio in the cuff is a carbon-footprint conscious construction method as Castor bean oil is used to produce the monomer rather than petrochemicals. Testers like the simplicity and solid feel of the XT Speed Lock hike mode switch and though it’s a little fiddly, they appreciate the minimal weight and functionality of the pulley cable lower buckle.