Scarpa 4-Quattro XT W

Model Year
All-Mountain Freeride
Last Width
Flex Index
Price (MSRP)

Testers said that skiers who place a premium on precise edging response and directly linked steering control in their hybrid touring boot should look no further--the new Scarpa 4-Quattro XT W is shockingly strong and quick on the downhill, regardless of ski width, terrain choice or rate of travel. This is a skier's Freeride boot, they said, and a skier with low-volume feet would be better suited to this somewhat mis-labeled medium. It's a minimalist's dream boot for featherweight touring in long and unimpeded strides toward soft and untracked pow, where this rigid transmitter is most happy, they said.

The test team agreed that its fit suits a lower volume foot and leg than expected for a so-called 100mm last. They said that the boot's rigid translation of body movement to ski response is belied by its rigid feel against the foot and leg--it's stiff thin plastic is only barely padded by a thin, performance-oriented liner. While this strong little boot sent major edge power messages to the ski it also received vibration and impact messaging from the snow surface and terrain inconsistencies--think track suspension, not luxury wagon cushioning.Testers said that some shell work for any hot spots (which there were a few) followed by a full liner molding session would sort out much of their creature comfort complaints, but they said this was not a bulky, padded cruiser-weight but a stripped and ripped descender that for the right kind of no-compromises side-country artist would produce stellar results. Testers agreed that the stance angles were well set for a neutral stance fore and aft as well as side to side, and they liked the cuff and tongue height against the leg, if a bit firm-feeling.

Testers liked the built-on GripWalk sole construction that takes what's essentially a backcountry-built boot and opened the doors to a broader variety of binding combinations. They thought that the built-in sole also contributed to a direct-to-snow feel which was also teamed with the lack of a removable internal bootboard which puts the skier's foot in closer contact with the ski. Testers mention that Scarpa is one of few brands to successfully utilize more environmentally friendly plastics without sacrificing skiing performance--owed largely to their use of a carbon-reinforced insert structure in the lower shell.

Testers also tested the supposedly-softer 4-Quattro SL W and found the fit and flex feel to be essentially identical, so this is another good option that comes at a $100 discount.

Sizes (MP) 
Hike Mode 
Boot width profile 
Also in this Collection 
Cantology Compatible 
Total Avg Score 
Grilamid Bio w carbon/Grilamid Bio/Pebax
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
Dynamic Balance 
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
Tech Compatible 


  • “Sneaky little dancing boot. Has just as much power as your standard all-mountain boot with a similar flex feel. Skis extremely strong, and super quick. Tons of mobility in the walk mode--could do some serioius skin track ballerina moves. Surprising! ” -- Emily Poore
  • “Skis strong and crisp!” -- Kori Coggin
  • “I could ski in this!” -- Liz Elling


  • “Tight toe box. No way is this a MV. High insteps need not apply and has a mouse trap feeling in the forefoot. It's such as small-feeling boot--doesn't equate to warm toes.” -- Emily Poore
  • “Super sharp feeling boot! Hard plastic jabbing me everywhere. ” -- Kori Coggin

This boot available at...

Princeton, MA
Telluride, CO
Telluride, CO
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Ludlow, VT
Stowe, VT
Long Lake, MN

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