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Test Skiing with SCARPA and G3 — Part 1: New Maestrale Boots

By Louie Dawson | January 17, 2017  

G3 and SCARPA invited me to try their new skis and boots during a day of snowcat skiing on natural snow near Park City, Utah. The area has been getting pounded by precip this year — we enjoyed marvelous conditions.

I tested SCARPA Maestrale RS boots and G3 SENDr skis. We used the same kit all day; I thus got a good feel for the skis and boots. That being said, it’s tough to thoroughly evaluate anything in only one day. So we’ll be doing a long term test of both skis and boots throughout this winter. For this post I’ll focus on the new boots from SCARPA. Tomorrow I’ll cover the G3 skis.

Kim Miller, CEO of SCARPA North America, drops into beautiful powder in the Uinta mountains.

Kim Miller, CEO of SCARPA North America, drops into beautiful powder in the Uinta mountains.

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La Sportiva Ski Boots – Model Iterations and Clever Solutions

By Lou Dawson | January 16, 2017  
New Synchro and Shadow 1.5 kilo class freeride touring boots  from Sportiva.

New Synchro and Shadow 1.5 kilo class freeride touring boots from Sportiva.

Report from Outdoor Retailer: La Sportiva will boast new or substantially versioned boot models beginning fall 2017. Synchro is a stiffer “125 flex” iteration of venerable Spectre (will continue), with the intriguing 2 piece tongue release system pictured below. Women’s version is the Shadow. On the lightweight ski touring side, their new Sideral 2.1 (women’s Starlet 2.1), Raceborg and Sytron continue the evolution of Sportiva’s flagship 2-buckle offerings. Improved buckles and various changes in shell thickness are said to make all their boots ski better while giving you uphill performance.

Snynchro claimed weight in 27.5 is 1550 grams. Excellent for the freeride touring category. (We see no reason why with modern materials and engineering there really need be any ski touring boot heavier than about one kilo per foot, and we expect to see the freeride offerings continue to lose mass as carbon and other composite wizardry is used ever more wisely).

Another newish is an upgraded Spitfire model, their “crossover” boot that works for ski mountaineering racing or general uber-light touring. An external one-motion lean lock mode changer continues as the Spitfire claim to fame, along with Trab TR2 binding compatibility. Nice boot. We’d like to see _all_ Sportiva boots use external lean locks. 2019?

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A Little Bit This And A Little Bit That — Winter Clothing Outdoor Retailer 2017

By Rachel Bellamy | January 13, 2017  

Day two at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market showed us lots of new or updated lines from the clothing side of many of the brands that make ski touring apparel. Here is just a small touch of what is in store for winter 2018.

Patagonia

I appreciate that Patagonia is not only attempting to make the best products for outdoor ventures, but that they are constantly trying to do it with less waste and negative impact on the environment.

New for next winter, Patagonia has redesigned their killer Pow Slayer kit so that the face fabric is made from 100% recycled materials with GORE-TEX Pro still built in to keep you uber dry. They also went through and streamlined the folds, seams, and pockets to reduce the amount of material going into the product and allow general efficiency in the folds being used. Lucky for us, this means that the product is now around 30% lighter weight. Expect to see the rest of the ski kits to be 40-70% recycled face fabric.

Patagonia introduces their new "Descensionist" kit

Patagonia introduces their new “Descensionist” kit — hardshell jacket, pants, and backpack. This line includes a harness-and-pack friendly jacket with huge mesh lined pockets that double as dynamic vents (as you walk uphill, your legs push the bottom of the jacket and cause the pockets to flap open and closed, moving air in and out like fish gills) and pockets for even large items like skins. MSRP, jacket $399, pants $299.

Along with the Descensionist pants and jacket,

Along with the Descensionist pants and jacket, Patagonia offers a sweet 40L backpack with a dedicated snow safety pocket, the ability to remove/move nearly all the straps, and a side entry zipper. This pack allows you to ditch what you don’t want and move around what you do — including the laminated foam frame. The grab loop is fully integrated all the way to the bottom of the pack and can therefore be used as a haul strap.

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  • Tom M.: Hi Lou & Louie, Do you have any thoughts on the Faction Vacuum skin?...
  • Scott Mellin: I tried on the new Alien RS at the OR Demo after stepping directly out of m...
  • Brad: In one picture I saw of the new Maestrale and the RS, it looked like the RS...
  • Scott Mellin: I think that for those of us that have skied the Alien 1.0 for years now, t...
  • Ted: Does the middle buckle fold up out of the way when released or hang out to ...
  • Louie Dawson 3: Mike - I agree! those Dalbello boots look sweet. We have a pair on the way ...
  • MIke: Better yet y'all seem to have some pull in the industry. Could you call up ...
  • MIke: Thanks L3! Any way you can call up Dalbello and get a pair of the new 17/...
  • Louie Dawson 3: I did get a look at the Alien RS, and tried them on quickly. They are stiff...
  • Travis: WANT! These boots are just what I am looking for. Very excited about the lo...
  • Kristian: Hope that I am wrong, but the S4 toe tech insert look scary dangerous for r...
  • Aaron: I'm part way through my F1 lean lock mod to lower it from 20 deg....why 16 ...
  • Gary: Will the boot sole length be the same? Hoping I wont have to remount bindin...
  • MIke: Thanks Scott, how's the wear on the tread after 3 seasons? L3, any chanc...
  • Scott: Mike - Definitely! I have been skiing the RS as my inbounds boot, 50+ d...
  • Lou Dawson 2: I clarified information about which boots have the S4 toe tech insert. Just...
  • Paddy: Kind of hoping that a future part of this is a test of the new Alien RS. Li...
  • MIke: Also, did you get to check out the new alien rs? heard there were some chan...
  • MIke: L3, I think I read once your inbounds boots are full tilts? if so do you t...
  • Ryan: Hey Jim... Yup - the 110 is narrower than the 120 that I currently have,...
  • Lisa Dawson: Hi XXXer, As Louie mentioned, the fit in real life is the same. I asked...
  • Louie III: According to Scarpa, the shell has the same fit. The liner is slightly diff...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Wookie, definitely give the X-Alp a carpet try at your local shop, I'd l...
  • Lou Dawson 2: MBR, clearly you need scolding for not reading WildSnow.com every day (smil...
  • afox: @m and others. I just ordered the delerium soles from that UK site too. S...
  • Frame: MBR, re point 1. Fritschi in the states is BD/Fritschi https://www.wilds...
  • XXX_er: does it fit exactly the same as the old Maestrale RS ?...
  • Jim Milstein: Ryan, I think my Vipec brakes are sized to fit the Dynafit Mythics (97mm wa...
  • Wookie1974: These look like contenders. I'm a huge fan of the Dynafit fit - but I guess...
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