Skorpius CR: A touring boot with race ambitions
What’s in a name? The new Skorpius CR from La Sportiva gives the impression that putting on these boots will turn me into a transformer in a superhero movie. But, would Skorpius be the hero or the villain? Hero, we should hope though I suppose villains have their place on the podiums of randonee races as well as anyone else.
Potentials of good and evil aside, the claimed 1000 g (though we weighed as 1185 g) Grilamid/carbon constructed boot could in fact transform the average ski tourer into a randonee racing machine. Or just a more efficient ski tourer. That is, after all, part of the boot’s intent. La Sportiva calls the Skorpius CR “a lightweight touring boot for general backcountry skiing” that’s also suitable for the dabbler in randonee races. The boot shares the same shape and geometry as Sportiva’s 2018 Solar (Stellar for women) with the upgrade of carbon reinforced cuff and shell. With a 68 degree range of motion, it’s clearly oriented to efficiency uphill, but gets an upgrade in stiffness (rated 100 vs. 90 for the Solar) to accommodate heavier, more aggressive skiers on the down.