(Montebelluna and Asolo Italy, January, 2011) Watching Scarpa leather boots being made was like being in the Ferrari factory and seeing them stitching seats by hand. But ski boots are really what I’m here to see and they’re injection molded. Checking out the plastic process is a bit more sterile than soul leather, though no less interesting.
Scarpa’s plastics work is done in an older building which was their original factory in Asolo, Italy. Not a bad arrangement, as the injection molding is a much more hands-off process than leather boot making (though a fair amount of hand work does ensue after the parts are made.)
Takeaways: Seeing a sack of plastic as opposed to a finished ski boot opened my eyes to how amazing modern manufacturing technology is. More, with factory China taking over so much of the word’s widget making, I continue to be impressed at how ski boot makers in Montebelluna and Asolo are keeping their factories alive. That cannot be easy, so kudos to them. Yep, from Pebax to your feet, Scarpa is a company I can honestly give major props.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.