• Substantially stiffer than the predecessor.
• Walk mode has a big range for long strides.
• Intuition liners are warm; accommodate many foot types.
• Quick “step in” tech fittings make clicking in a cinch.
• The asymmetrical tongue is still awkward to negotiate.
• Forefoot buckles are clustered too close together.
• Buckles are still a little clunky.
This year (winter 2012-13) Scarpa upgraded the Maestrale, which was already a good boot, and made it bad ass. The flex is notably stiffer, but the boot didn’t gain any significant weight. Scarpa has made gains in balancing substantial tour-ability with high performance on the down. It can hold its own in bounds, but it really shines in the backcountry.
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