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La Sportiva Skorpius CR II Boot


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The Skorpius made a splash when it debuted, owing to its balance of stiffness and hikeability. Picking up where the original left off, La Sportiva's Skorpius the Second uses carbon-infused Pebax material throughout the shell and cuff. The tongue has been reinforced, averting the occasional breakage issues seen with previous versions of the boot. To suit a wider audience, the instep is higher, with an offset boa maintaining the precise heel hold Skorpius users have come to expect. With three forward lean settings, a moldable liner, and a Grip Guard sole, this boot has technical ski mountaineering credentials while also being comfortable enough for more quotidian outings. Make your feet proud and your friends jealous with the La Sportiva Skorpius CR II!

  • Shell, tongue, and cuff are made from biologically-derived Pebax, reinforced with carbon for lightness, stiffness, and environmental conscientiousness.
  • Thermomoldable Skorpius II liner incorporates areas of high and low density foam for targeted comfort and maneuverability.
  • Swing-lock closure system prevents snow clogging.
  • Optional power strap is easily removable to simplify transitions.
  • EZ 3D flex tongue with boa promises durability and adjustability.
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1195g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 2390g [27.5]
Buckles   1 Buckle with velcro strap, swing lock, Boa fit system, optional power strap
Boot Sole Length   257mm [23/23.5]
267mm [24/24.5]
277mm [25/25.5]
287mm [26/26.5]
297mm [27/27.5]
307mm [28/28.5]
317mm [29/29.5]
327mm [30/30.5]
337mm [31.5]
Binding Compatibility   Tech, Hybrid
Cuff Rotation   68°
Forward Lean(s)   12°, 14°, 16°
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Pebax Bio Based Rnew with 10%-30% carbon reinforcement
Liner   Thermomoldable Skorpius II liner
Sole   La Sportiva Grip Guard (complies w/ ISMF standards)
Skimo Co Says
Usage Light and fast ski mountaineering
Notes Ski Trab Titan quick step in inserts
Bottom Line Making the already great Skorpius even better
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Kade
How does this boot perform downhill compare to a Scarpa F1, the original, not LT?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Kade, The downhill performance of the Skorpius is very good for what it is. The boots are in a similar class in terms of weight, but we would give the slight edge in performance to the Skorpius.
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Question from Alex
Any changes to these boots for 23/24?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Alex, Nope! This is the current model with the Boa system, updated last year.
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Question from Tom
Is the Skorpius/Stellar family of boots compatible with Tecton/Kingpin bindings, or even MNC alpine bindings?
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Tom, the Skorpius and Stellar boots are compatible with Tecton/Kingpin bindings (that's what the "Hybrid" binding compatibility designation refers to), but not MNC bindings.
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Question from Calvin M
How does the instep width compare to the previous generation? I found that boot to be just a bit too narrow in that area but perfect everywhere else.
Answer from jbo
Hi Calvin, the width didn't change much but it is a bit taller there. We have stretched it as well.
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Question from AJ Verkouw
In your opinion, how would you describe the skiing performance of this boot vs the Dynafit Hoji Pro Tours? I reckon it's less progressive and all, but how much of a performance loss would you describe me loosing if I made the switch? I currently ski a Dynafit beast 98 ski, but am likely switching to Voile hyper manti for my daily driver.
Answer from Niko M
Hi AJ,

The Hoji Pro Tours and Skorpius CR II exist in different categories of boots, the Hoji's being a more freeride-oriented boot while the Skorpius focuses on general light touring. That being said, the Skorpius certainly punch above their weight class. So, you would lose some general downhill performance by switching to the Skorpius however you'd retain a stiff flex and importantly a similar fit.
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Question from Tom McCoy
Can you compare the fit of the Skorpius II to an Atomic XTD (the low volume, not Prime) or even a Lange XT3 Tour Pro? I live a very long way from a dealer so have no opportunity to try them on. Also, which size in the Skorp II would be the equivalent of a 27.5 in either the Atomic or Lange?

Answer from eric
Tom-You would want the same shell size as you would wear in the Atomic or Lange. As far as fit goes it has a narrower fit and lower volume fit than either of the two boots you have mentioned. Feel free to use our boot fitter and dive deeper into this with one of our team.
Answer from Ben
I have a very low volume foot and love the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD fit. In my opinion the original Skorpius has more width and more volume in the toe box and heel pocket, but a slightly tighter instep than the Atomic. I wear 27.5 in both, and they are the only boots I use these days. I have not tried the new Skorpius but it is worth a shot to order a pair of la sportivas in 27.5, they are excellent boots.
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Question from Jordan
Can you adjust the forward lean on the original boot? I know you can't stock but does sportiva make a piece for this boot I could buy?
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Jordan,

The forward lean on the La Sportiva Skorpius CR is adjusted via a spoiler. If you are missing that part, reach out to, and we will see what we can do.
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Question from Justin
JBO or anyone else who can compare the new version to the old, I'm curious about the switch to the BOA. Which (BOA vs the spider buckle on the original) does a better job of pulling your foot back into the heel pocket? That's really all I want out of a buckle there, I don't really need to to put much pressure on the instep. Thanks
Answer from Cole P
Hey Justin, the only changes to the new Skorpius is the boa system which allows even distribution over the instep but in regards to heel retention, there are no changes. The height over the instep is a little taller too, so those who felt the boot fit well over the instep may feel that it is difficult to get the boa as tight as they were used to in the last model.
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Question from Kyle
How does this version ski compared to the last version and new boots in the class like the Salomon MTN Summit?
Answer from jbo
Hi Kyle, I've skied both boots and have many days on the Skorpius II. It did not change ski performance from the first version, just the instep fit. It's still in a class of its own, more powerful than the Summit.
Answer from Kyle S
Thanks jbo! Curious if would place the MTN Summit closer to the Skorpius or F1 LT in skiability? I like the forward lean adjustment of the MTN Summit, but do want to get the best skiing boot I can under ~1200g. Read in a couple other places that the MTN summit skis pretty stiff.
Answer from jbo
Hi Kyle, obviously fit is going to be important to get the best skiing boot, and stiffness does not imply "best skiing" for lots of folks. For example, the F1 LT is a stiff boot, but not super progressive (hence SCARPA introducing the GT version).
I think the MTN Summit skis well for its weight and maintains a decent flex. I'm not on board with the category-breaking rumors I've been hearing.
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