Gear Institute's Best Backcountry Boots of 2012-13: Scarpa Maestrale RS

The Scarpa Maestrale RS is an upgraded four-buckle Alpine Touring Boot with a self-proclaimed 120 flex for all things backcountry

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THE GOOD
    •    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 BAD
    •    The asymmetrical tongue is still awkward to negotiate.
    •    Forefoot buckles are clustered too close together.
    •    Buckles are still a little clunky.

THE VERDICT
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.

Read the full review at Gear Institute, a network of the best outdoor gear testers in America, dedicated to providing the most professional, objective, and helpful advice you can get about the gear you depend on.

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