The Scarpa Maestrale is the best selling AT boot of all time, and for good reason. They fit most people, ski incredibly well, and can drive any size ski. This season we seen some changes and this classic definitely gets better.
Scarpa changed the walk mode to provide a more frictionless and free-pivoting system as compared to the prior version. The lever, which did see some breakage, is now a more simple and sturdy "Speedlock Plus", very similar to what has been proven in the current F1 and Alien. The lower buckles also see a change for this season with the "Wave Closure System". Scarpa ditched one of the lower buckles and moved the other to the center. This one buckle pulls a cable from two catches on the opposing side. So you end up pulling from two points with only one buckle. These changes shave off about 100 grams per boot, which adds up over thousands of steps.
Outside of the improvements, the time-tested Maestrale stays the same. The full-coverage Vibram sole keeps you sure-footed on rocky scrambles. The Inutuition liner is warm, heat moldable, and high performing. The ankle strap provides some of the best heel hold out there. The fit is enhanced with a wide toe box and tight heel pocket.
The Maestrale has been a go to for guides, ski patrollers, and ski mountaineers for years. Do you charge a big ski out in the backcountry? The Maestrale should be on your short list.
|Forward Lean||14, 18 degrees|
|Buckles||3 Buckle with Power Strap|
|Binding Compatibility||Tech, AT, Alpine Bindings w/ Adjutable Toe Height|
|Manufactuer Warranty||1 year|
I've used my new boots twice so far and I love them! They are super light and comfortable for uphill and solid downhill. I am extremely happy with the boots but I am also extremely happy with CCB's customer service. The original boots I ordered were under recall and CCB communicated with me throughout the process of sending them back to Scarpa. Their team made it a point to keep me informed on the status of my order and I really appreciate it. I will definitely shop at CCB again in the future.
Wow, they are light.The buckles work better than the mess they appear to be. They have a big power strap that stays in place (I've had other boots where the strap was always sliding up while skiing so it ended up providing no support at all). So far the rotation lock (sk/tour mode) has worked very well with no snow packing or premature release issues. They are a little hard to get into and out of. And I wish more local shops carried the new Scarpa heater system for molding the liners.