Scott Celeste III — Women’s Ski Touring Boot

Post by blogger | March 6, 2018      
Scott women's Celeste III

Scott women’s Celeste III

If you’re strong enough to carry a bit of extra weight on the uphill, consider Scott’s women’s boot: Celeste III. My size 24.5 originally weighed 1323 gm per boot (before removal of vestigial 4th buckle). They’re not the lightest ski touring boots but they rank high in my experience as top performers downhill. After all the work of skinning up a peak, it sure is sweet to have solid contact with your skis on the down, especially since backcountry snow is often challenging: variable, wind crusted, etc. I slay through it all with confidence in the Celeste III.

This is not a boot for narrow feet. Crafted by former Garmont designers and using Garmont’s lasting, Celeste has a roomy toe box, (catalog last width is 103.5, for size 27.5, beware last width confusion). The Grilamid shell makes it easy to punch out extra room for trouble spots such as a 6th toe or bunion. Heat molding the liner further dials in the fit. As always when trying to figure out if a boot is for you, put your foot in the shell without the liner to see if it fits comfortably with a finger or two extra space for length.

Celeste III is a four buckle boot and it’s our philosophy at WildSnow that the 4th buckle is most often unnecessary. We removed it and shaved off 44 grams; now my 24.5’s weigh 1276 grams per boot.

The Celeste’s lack a few things:

  • No cant adjustment. The lean lock mechanism lever snaps into ski mode with a tight fit. Changing the cant of the shell cuff would cause the lever be out of alignment, preventing it from hooking into ski mode bar latch. If you need cant adjustment, you could either put dense spacer material on one side of your liner, or use a custom foot bed, or both.
  • The tradional cabrio tongue is fairly rigid, the flex hinges don’t offer much elasticity. The downside is lack of mobility in walk mode (some of the other boots I’m using have spoiled me). The upside is a stiffer boot for downhill performance. The living hinge at the end of the tongue might be prone to breakage due to fatigue after heavy use.
  • Entry is a bit difficult. The buckles don’t have hinge and sometimes tangle with the tongue.
  • No optional rear spoiler.
  • No compatability for Trab TR2 bindings.
  • None of the above are deal breakers for me. It’s my go-to when I want responsive side-to-side edge hold. Celeste III allow me to carve a mean line in corn, or confidently knife thru sustrugi without lurching into embarrassing head plants.

    Lean lock clicked in for downhill on left; springs up for touring mode on right.

    Lean lock clicked in for downhill on left; springs up for touring mode on right.

    Four adjustments for upper two buckles.

    Four adjustments for upper two buckles.

    Alignment arrows for tech toe step in.

    Alignment arrows for tech toe step in.

    Heat moldable liner with clever lace tightening mechanism.

    Heat moldable liner. The clever lace tightening mechanism is the best I’ve ever used. Laces stay tightened for downhill and loosen up easily for touring mode.

    Flex accordion hinge on tongue is rigid which limits forward flex in touring mode but adds an appreciated rigidness for downhill performance.

    Flex accordion hinge on tongue is rigid which limits forward flex in touring mode but adds an appreciated rigidness for downhill performance. The lower hinge above the toe box may be prone to breakage due to fatigue after extensive use. Ignore our aftermarket rivet experiment, a result from removing the tongue for bootfitting.

    Celeste III specs:

  • Composition: Grilamid®
  • Flex index: 120
  • Forward lean: 11.5°
  • Cuff rotation: 60°
  • Closure: 4 buckles, power strap
  • Last width for size 24.5 is 96.9.

    A note about last width: The 103.5 figure for the last width that’s used in the Scott catalog is for a size 27.5, which was the original sample size for that shell. Boot companies normally use their first sample size for their published last width, and that size can vary between companies. Beware: the sample size is not always published with the last width. Alpine companies normally use a 26.5, while some AT boot companies use a 27.5, some a 26.5.

    Knowing which size the sample is matters because there are 2.0-2.5mm difference between sizes, meaning we’re not always comparing apples to apples with different-sized samples. In the Celeste, a 26.5 last width is 101.3. The 24.5 is a 96.9. This last width falls more into the “medium” category, particularly given that AT boot liners are usually thicker requiring a bit more room in the shell.

  • Liner: PWR Lite High
  • System: Dynafit® certified tech inserts
  • Available sizes: 23-27.5
  • Weight (24.5, one boot): 1276 gm
  • I recommend Celeste III for their stiffness and superior downhill performance. I won’t wear them as race boots but if I have a day of skiing in variable snow, or feel like carving down a corn slope, they’ll be on my feet.

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    9 Responses to “Scott Celeste III — Women’s Ski Touring Boot”

    1. Eric Steig March 7th, 2018 7:43 am

      Now here is a much more exciting development.

      Looks like Arc’teryx will be selling a new boot, obviously based on advances over the Procline and the Salomon X-Alp boot, but with at least two critical difference. The lower buckle is oriented the correct way (so it doesn’t open when postholing) and a tongue.

    2. Forest March 7th, 2018 8:47 pm


      I’m looking for some touring boots for the girlfriend. She’s got an insanely tiny boot size of 20.5 – small 21. Do you have any suggestions?


    3. Ryan March 8th, 2018 6:34 am

      Hey Forest,

      I put my kiddo in to a size 21.0 boot. It took a bit of coble work and imagination, but it worked out fine. I found a Scarpa Magic in a 23.0. they are ridiculously cheap because they have been discontinued for several years. This is good because if your GF hates skinning, then you aren’t out big bucks for the boots. Then I got an Intuition 21.0 power rap liner. At that point the cobble work takes place. Go to Tognar and get a bunch of Bontex insoles so you can fill the void in the boot cavity a fair amount. so the 21.0 liner isn’t slopping around in the shell. At that point you may need to do some foam work to the liner so it locks her heel in place. It is definitely a wee bit of black magic to get a good fit, but it can be done.

      In the end I used some ankle wrap pads in addition to doubling up on the thickness of Bontex insoles. the fit was pretty spot on and the kiddo skied the boots for a year before she grew into a larger size.

      good luck with it!


    4. Lou Dawson 2 March 8th, 2018 10:41 am

      I’ve never done it but would like to try placing a correctly sized liner inside the stock liner, then molding everything together. I think an oversized boot could be easily fit that way. Some of the heat mold liners get quite moldable when hot. If anyone reading this is local to Wildsnow, I’d love to do the project gratis in our boot fitting shop, and blog it. Lou

    5. Kevin Woolley March 22nd, 2018 4:54 pm

      Not quite on topic, but related.

      I’d be interested in anyone’s take on a good solid all around light weight touring ski for a shorter female with intermediate skill (my wife). She is 5’2″ and about 112, athletic but an intermediate skier interested in mellow powder and corn, not hucking cliffs or jumping. I’m having a hard time finding something lighweight in the mid 90s and in a 153 cm length. Any ideas?

    6. Ryan March 22nd, 2018 5:14 pm


      My wife is similar in size (5″, 95 lbs) and skills and several years ago we got her set up with a reasonable kit to ski exactly that mellow terrain. I put her on a pair of the Line Sir Francis Bacon Shorties in a 145. She loves them. They make the same skis in a 155. Its soft and light weight. Worth a look.

    7. Kevin Woolley March 23rd, 2018 12:40 pm

      Thanks Ryan, will investigate

    8. Kevin Woolley April 3rd, 2018 1:44 pm

      Just for follow up on the tangential ski question for my wife:

      She ended up on the Ski Trab Maximo (women’s model 157 cm length) with Salomon MTN binding courtesy of (thanks as always for their expert opinion and wide selection), we toured once last week and this ski is exactly what she was looking for, lightweight, easy to turn on hardpack (no powder that day). She’s skiing this with the F1, which is her favorite boot, and is very happy with this combo for weight and the downhill part. Will follow up with more use in different conditions, might try to find a more appropriate thread at that point also.

    9. Lou Dawson 2 April 3rd, 2018 2:10 pm

      Kevin, that sounds wonderful, nice to hear a good report! Lou

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