Every winter I set up a few test rigs for resort and sidecountry. I like the craftsmanship of the Scarpa Maestrale so that’ll be one of the boot choices. Our previous looks and reviews have covered the RS. Following are a few photos of what caught my recent attention.
In my view, weight is one of the main criteria with this category of boots, as at least in my case they will still be used for human powered uphill. This pair of size 28 (BSL 314) weigh 55.7 ounces (1600 gr) per boot. Shell weight is 47.3 oz (1340 gr). Considering the original Maestrale weighs in on our scale at 1590 gr., that’s impressive for the RS, since it indeed has noticeable beef compared to the older Maestrale. Added stiffness is the result of stiffer plastic, a beefy tongue, and an engineered liner. In my case the added beef isn’t necessary, but since it doesn’t add weight I look forward to working with it.
In all, Maestrale RS is an impressive offering from Scarpa. I look forward to their place of honor in this winter’s backcountry skiing boot quiver!
Maestrale RS will be available for shopping soon, check for them here at backcountry.com, or at REI. Note that the original Maestrale, while slightly less stiff, could be a real buy and even weighs a few grams less. Personally, I’d be happy with either boot.
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.