Scarpa Maestrale RS

Model Year
2014-15
Category
Backcountry
Last Width
101
Flex Index
120
Price (MSRP)
$699.00USD

The Maestrale RS ascended to the top of the heap this year with some evolutionary improvements that adds power and convenience to an already well-balanced, impressive backcountry performer. Testers liked the teaming of Scarpa’s new Mirage Pro hike mode's design simplicity with a bombproof, easy-to-use connection coupling upper and lower. They also liked that the stiffer cuff connection was paired with a burly powerstrap. That created a solid-feeling flex and better fit match along the shin.

While testers most liked the Maestrale's precise transmission of energy to the ski during downhill operations and its huge and un-restricted touring range of motion, they also noted minor improvements that pumped up convenience scores. Things like oversized buckles for gloves-on adjustments and the powerstrap's cutaway grab-loop made for easy readjustment on the fly.

As with many Backcountry entries, testers said the Maestrale RS fits a bit snugger through the forefoot than its 101mm rating would suggest, and remains snug through the instep. Medium- to lower-volume foot types will be most happy here.

Be aware that Scarpa's shell sizing scheme uniquely breaks on the half-size. For example, the 26.5 and 27.0 share the same shell and boot sole length. So if you think this is your boot, visit one of our ABB Scarpa dealers to ensure you're getting in the right size.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-32, 33
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Cabrio/3-PC
Boot width profile 
Medium

Kudos

  • “Will suit the medium to low volume foot skier. A long touring range of motion.” -- Bob Kuehn
  • “Stiff and aggressive, quick and powerful for a lightweight backcountry boot.” -- Jim Kinney
  • “Super powerful with an even flex feel. This thing's a beaut.” -- James Donahue
  • “Strong edge hold; very stable. The BMW 2002 tii of BC boots.” -- Larry "Laurent" Smith
  • “Best quality? Power transmission.” -- Bob Egeland
  • “Excellent power-to-weight ratio.” -- Craig Dostie

Caveats

  • “More a climber than a downhiller. My feet got saddle sore.” -- John "Moose" Millslagle
  • “Entry is difficult. The hinged tongue is awkward to work around.” -- Jim Kinney
  • “New ski/walk mode switch seemed more difficult than in the past.” -- Bob Egeland

This boot available at...

Long Lake, MN
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Warren, VT
Ludlow, VT
Telluride, CO
Telluride, CO
Portland, OR

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