La Sportiva Skorpius CR Boot

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August to October is an exciting time for ski shops all across the country. New products are being unboxed for the first time, customers are trickling back in the door after the hot summer, and every falling leaf signals the pending arrival of winter. Each year, a handful of products really stand out*, and La Sportiva's new boot was one of the most anticipated. The Skorpuis CR boot was meant to replace the Spitfire, and man did La Sportiva nail it. With a 68 degree range of walking motion and the smooth Spider ratchet closure system, the Skorpius goes up as well as it goes down (some might say it does so even better than its forebearer). Now, you don't have to compromise on performance or lug an ounce more than you need to into the backcountry-- The La Sportiva Skorpius boot is all you need for BC glory.

* Even though we told them not to, the guys in the shop did bring cake and ice cream to work the day that these arrived. We apologize for any stray frosting or sprinkles, we tried to get it all, but a Costco cake thrown in the air does leave quite the mess.

  • The SWING-LOCK ski/walk closure system is easy to use and stays in whatever mode you want it to.
  • Ramped toe inserts mean that Ski Trab Titan bindings can be stepped into without depressing the lever.
  • This boot has 68 degrees range of motion (33° back and 35° forward) for your walking pleasure.
  • A La Sportiva GripGuard boot sole makes rocky scrambles feel secure.
  • Compatible with tech, AT frame, and the unique TR2 bindings.
  • Made in Italy.
Specifications
Weight
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1190g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 2380g [27.5]
Buckles 2 w/ Swing-Lock & optional power strap
Boot Sole Length 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 [31/31.5]
Binding Compatibility Tech, TR-2, AT (frame)
Cuff Rotation 68° (33° back/ 35° front)
Forward Lean(s) 12°, 14°, 16°
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials Carbon reinforced Grilamid
Liner Skorpius CR
Sole La Sportiva Grip Guard (complies w/ ISMF standards)
Skimo Co Says
Usage Light and fast ski mountaineering.
Notes Quick step into Trab Titan bindings.
Bottom Line Even better than the Spitfire
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Questions & Reviews

2/5/2021
Question from Don
 
Hey guys - what's the story with the weight of this boot? La Sportiva and other sites all have this boot around 1000g, whilst your measured specs suggest a fair bit more than that...is this common, and what's the approx weight for the 26.5s? Is there much between the F1 LT and this boot in terms of weight and performance?
2/5/2021
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Don, we take our weight measurements very seriously here at Skimo Co, so the weight on our site is what we personally have measured with great attention to detail. Most sites just post what La Sportiva has posted, which we don't necessarily know how or why they get the number they get. We have noticed some companies may measure the weight of the shell alone, no liner, which can cause some confusion--hence why we weigh everything in-house. The F1 LT is significantly lighter than this boot, but this boot is significantly more rigid, stiff, and aggressive in downhill mode. the 26.5 is approximately 1180g.
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1/29/2021
Anthony O (used product a few times)
 
This boot is pretty special with just a few nitpicky things I don't care for. This is definitely a real boot and can ski anything you want unless youre in the freeride world tour. I sold my ice climbing boots because this climbs ice better than those. Fit wise it is a tad strange in the sense that it is moderately wide in the forefoot with the best heel cup I've used (seriously scarpa why do your heels suck) and I would classify it as high volume EXCEPT for the instep area which is medium to lowish and unfortunately it appears that normal bootfitting tricks can't help this because of the way the tongue is built into the boot (unless u want to bust out the dremel.) The liner is nothing special, will sub out with pro tours eventually. The lockout is awesome, I prefer it to the vertical throw style. I think the lower shell closure is gimmicky and trying to reinvent the wheel if I am being honest but it works so far, just due to material size long term durability is probably suspect yet appears very easy to replace the thin wire. I personally think it just needs a over ankle rachet (as I believe all boots do). I do feel like the optional power strap on this is more effective than other boots I've tried. It walks, runs, and climbs amazingly. Trab quickstep is also amazing. Comparison wise id say it skis maybe 85-90 percent of my Hojis but it walks more like f1 lts. So a perfect contender for the elusive 1 boot quiver. Another complaint is the cuff rivet, wish they would have followed new industry standard of making it user serviceable like on scarpas and atomics. It also says it has 3 forward leans but I see no way to adjust that. You can remove the little yellow spoiler but that in theory would only give you 2. Speaking of forward leans I also wish it went the direction of scarpa and had a less than 10 degree option. Once you go upright it's hard to go back. It punches super easy, did all my usual bootwork with a heat gun no problem.

All these little nitpicks aside I do think this is the best 1 boot option available and even has a spot in quivers (for me taking the place of the f1 lt in between race boots and hojis). La sportiva hasn't impressed me in a while but these boots are a home run. If they fit you, as with anything, they are an excellent minimal compromise boot for someone who doesn't mind a few extra grams for a helluva lot more boot. I'll gladly take the extra weight vs the f1 lt for the improved skiing and alpine climbing ability (how un-skimo of me). Now is a special time where if you dabble in the dark arts of traditional mountaineering, ice climbing, alpine climbing etc, you may only need 1 boot...

Pros: punches above weight performance wise, outskis anything near or below it's weight. Walks as well as a lighter boot, skis like a heavier one. Light enough, stiff as most mortals need. Trab quickstep

Cons: cuff rivet joint (pressfit vs threaded), over engineered lower closure, possible durability concerns, not much ability to modify boot fit in regards to instep, doesn't really have adjustable forward lean. Non primo liner.
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1/14/2021
Question from Phil
 
I recently switched from a pair of Spitfires to the Skorpius, using an older pair of Speed Radical bindings. The toe of the binding does not want to release when using the new Skorpius boots. It has been difficult to get out of the bindings when taking the skis off. Is this a known issue? Any thoughts?
Thanks!
1/14/2021
Answer from Brett S
 
Thanks for your question, Phil! This can happen with new boots that have a bit more rubber protruding under the toe that inhibits the wings of the binding from fully opening. It is possible to conservatively shave some off the rubber responsible to allow the binding wings to fully open, which should solve the issue. Please give us a call or send us an email at help@skimo.co if you need some guidance on how to do this!
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1/12/2021
Question from Jed Koljonen
 
I purchased a pair of these boots last year and everything works great except the upper strap won’t stay latched when loosened and hiking or skinning. I was wondering if you knew of a hack to keep the metal clip in the plastic notch when hiking/skinning. Or sure if this is a known problem or just me. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
1/13/2021
Answer from Teddy Young
 
Hey Jed, thanks for reaching out! Before skinning uphill, tighten the strap and buckle it into place, then open the buckle back up. The tension on the strap should cause the black plastic piece with the mountain logo to click into place and remain secure.
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1/12/2021
Question from Anthony O
 
I saw all the comments about this being almost unique in the category as far as punching above the weight class, which also seems to be the consensus for the f1 lt (which I own). Does this ski as well as a hoji pro tour or a tecnica zero g? I have hoji pro tours and hojis frees (which are really just for slackcountry with non skimo converts) and am thinking this could be a good multi-use daily boot for days where I want more performance than f1's but don't want hoji frees.
1/12/2021
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Anthony, these will not be quite as stiff as the Hoji or the Zero G, but they are noticeably stiffer than the other boots in the 2 buckle touring boot category. It could definitely be a nice middle ground between your F1 LTs and your Hojis.
1/12/2021
Answer from Jeff
 
Anthony, Yes it is good for a one boot quiver. Does it ski the same as a 4 buckle overlap boot, not quite. The F1 LT is also quite powerful for its weight. The Skorpius is just a bit stiffer and has a more progressive flex. Everything is subjective.
Its fit is comparable to the Hoji for those looking to lighten up.
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12/20/2020
Question from Sam
 
If I wear a 30.0 in Maestrale would I be the same in these?
12/20/2020
Answer from Tristan M
 
Hi Sam,

If you have any questions on boot size, fit, or performance, I recommend that you use our boot fitter tool at this link: https://skimo.co/boot-fitter.
12/20/2020
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Sam, the Skorpius 30.0 is about half a centimeter longer, as it shares the same shell with the 30.5. The Maestrale 30.0 shares the same shell with the 29.5. As for whether the other fit characteristics (width, volume, calf, ankle, etc) will work for you, definitely visit our online fitter!
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12/13/2020
Question from Bob
 
Is the Scorpius compatible with the Tecton binding?
12/14/2020
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Bob, yes the Skorpius is compatible with the Tecton binding. However, we have noticed that with different boot sole lengths the rocker underfoot can create extra friction with the toe piece and could potentially affect the consistency of release.
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12/3/2020
Question from Anthony O
 
Any idea when 27s will be back in stock?
12/3/2020
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Anthony, if you email us at help@skimo.co we can put you on a notification list, that way you'll know as soon as they come in the door. As of right now we're unsure the exact date we will be getting more in.
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11/10/2020
Question from Patrick
 
How does the width and instep volume compare to the backland carbon?

Thanks!
11/10/2020
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Patrick, the Skorpius has a much lower instep and is a touch narrower as well.
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9/23/2020
Question from dub_xion
 
Would you feel these are enough boot for wider freetour skis, like the Alchemist Wailer 112, Katanas or 4Frnt Hojis (latter two also being 112mm waist) for dedicated backcountry, powder, not-too-sendy skiing? Looking to move off of my Vulcans to something lighter with more ROM, but still robust enough for those types of skis, and light enough to replace my TLT6-Ps when using my 90-mm spring/13-14er ski.
9/23/2020
Answer from Cole P
 
Dub_xion, thanks for reaching out. The Skorpius is a very capable boot and should have no problem driving either of those skis. You will be pleased with its performance both hiking and skiing!
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8/12/2020
Question from charth
 
how does this boot's downhill performance compare to the:
- Atomic Backland Carbon
- Scarpa F1 LT
- Dalbello Quantum
Asking for future me this upcoming season in a pair of slick ~1000g boots.
8/14/2020
Answer from jbo
 
Hi charth, I've skied all of these except for the F1 LT, which floor-flexes just like the Alien RS (which I own). The Skorpius feels like a different category, the closest to an alpine boot, but also the heaviest. The Quantum has the most progressive flex, the Alien RS has the least progressive flex, and the Backland is the softest.
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4/21/2020
Question from whoooknew
 
Im a newbie to this boot class...going from soft boots on my spltty to a skimo boot and the phantom system, how would you rate this particular boot ? will it be an easy changeover for me or is it too stiff and therefore too great a jump? is there a boot that you'd think is a better option? the TLT6, etc??
4/22/2020
Answer from Cole P
 
Hey Whoooknew, the Skorpius is one of the stiffest boots in its class. I would recommend something softer like the Atomic Backland Carbon,here or even the Backland Pro here. Both are great options but talking to split boarders here in the Wasatch they prefer the flex of the Backland Pro. These boots also have the capability of adding Phantom's Link Levers, which adds to the performance. The Backland series also has a customizable shell that allows many different feet types and shapes.
4/22/2020
Answer from Kurt L
 
Hey Thanks so much! thats great intel...Ill check out your recommendations
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3/21/2020
Question from Clint
 
How do these compare to the first generation La Sportiva Spectre for fit in terms of size and fit? I currently use stripped down Spectres with the power strap and 2 buckles removed, size 26.5. I have very muscular legs so want to know if the boot accommodates large calves?
3/22/2020
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Clint, unfortunately the Skorpius is more akin to the OG Spitfire in the cuff shape/size! It's pretty narrow through the calf so may not be the top choice for you. I would say the Scarpa F1 has the most flare-out at the calf area of any of the two-buckle boots and may accommodate your calves best.
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2/14/2020
Question from mbillie1
 
I'm curious if you find this boot to be in a substantively different "class" than the Fischer Carbon Travers. I am considering getting something a bit beefier, if it still walks well... any thoughts on the skiing performance and walking performance of the two?
2/14/2020
Answer from Jeff
 
Mbillie, you could say so. We feel they are stiffer than the other Touring category boots like the Travers, F1 and TLT's. I know people who feel comfortable skiing in the resort with them. Range of motion is better than the previously mentioned boots except for the Fischer. The 2 stage shell buckle is slick to loosen your boot for walking. The Skorpius is definitely a boot worth checking out.
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1/31/2020
Question from Anthony O
 
Is this stiffer than the tlt8 carbonio?
2/2/2020
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Anthony, they are both fairly stiff boots in the two-buckle/touring category, I wouldn't say there's a massive difference between the two. With the damp feel of the Askis underfoot you may prefer the more aggressive forward lean on the Carbonio to get the most out of the ski.
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1/2/2020
Question from Jared
 
Hi,
I’m wondering how these size. I am a 29.5 in Dynafit Hoji’s and Scarpa Maestrale RS.
As you can see I’ve got pretty beefy boots. Looking for a much faster lighter touring boot that isn’t a full-blown skimo-only race boot and can still drive a 95-105 waist ski. This seems to fit that bill. Considered Sytron but that seems like it might be a bit too tipped toward race without a full tongue.
Can you advise on sizing? Thanks!
1/2/2020
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Jared, thanks for reaching out! You may have found your boot in shining armor with the Skorpius; they're an amazing combo of light weight and impressive stiffness in the forward flex. We've even considered creating a new boot category for the Skorpius, tentatively named "Lean Beef." I would recommend going with approximately the same sizing in the Skorpius as your Hojis or Maestrales, but it would be great to get some more info before we make a decision. Fill out our Online Boot Fitter and we can get you squared away! Cheers!
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12/12/2019
Question from Will M
 
This boot seems like it would a competitor to the Scarpa F1. Is the ankle articulation noticeably better or comparable to the F1? My experience is that boots with tongues that advertise 60+ degrees of ankle rotation do not come anywhere close in practice because the tongue severely limits rear rotation making it hard to kick the ski out in front of you in a natural stride similar to a nordic ski. Boots like the Sytron facilitate this type of stride due to a lack of a tongue, but I am curious if this Skorpius really does allow the skier to use that 33 degrees of rearward rotation, or is it seriously limited by the tongue like an F1 which states 62 degrees (or something like that) of rotation but only really manages 35-40 in actual use. I honestly can't tell much difference between an F1 and an older Maestrale which advertised 40 degrees, while I notice a significant difference between the F1 and the Sytron. Would the Skorpius be closer to the F1 or Sytron in terms of walking?
12/12/2019
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Will, the Skorpius is definitely more comparable to the F1 (a two-buckle touring boot) than it is to the Sytron (a soft-tongued skimo race boot). If anything, the Skorpius is a bit stiffer in its forward/ski mode flex than the F1, and has easier ankle articulation. The Skorpius has great performance when skinning, so I wouldn't hesitate to use it as part of a light-and-fast setup with which you may have opted for a true race boot in days of yore. And yes, go ahead and disregard those manufacturer's recommendations on articulation angle; they often have no bearing on reality!
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10/23/2019
Question from Ian
 
I see somebody already asked this one, but I'm wondering if there's any new info. The Spitfire 2.0 fit my foot really well and skied great, does the Skorpius have the same last? Thanks!
10/23/2019
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Ian, thanks for reaching out! The Spitfire was indeed a terrific boot, and we're hoping for a repeat performance in the Skorpius. The Skorpius has a relatively similar fit, but definitely not the same. It retains the heel fit and lower instep height, but it gains a wider midfoot and a less restrictive toe box. If you need a narrower-than-average boot, I might not recommend the Skorpius first off. Feel free to use our Boot Fitter (https://skimo.co/boot-fitter) for a more personal recommendation!
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10/16/2019
Question from Chris W
 
I've been considering Sytron and I'm curious what Skorpius offers for +200g (ish) in weight. Are these much stiffer boots intended to drive bigger skis? Both seem to be 2 buckles + optional power strap in the same format as the previous Spitfire/Sideral, so I'm wondering what differentiates the two lines. Sytron seems like a skimo race/touring hybrid?
10/17/2019
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Christopher, thanks for reaching out! You're right on the money about the Skorpius being a stiffer version of the more race-oriented Sytron. Because the Skorpius has a full tongue in the front, it makes the boot hold up better to significant forward-flexing while driving a big ski or making turns on hard snow. The Sytron shaves some grams and provides more ankle articulation by removing the plastic tongue and using a gaiter instead. That said, it's an excellent boot for race and mountaineering skis from 65-85mm in the waist. Above that width, I'd recommend the Skorpius, which will "push back" more and has great ski performance for a sub-1200g boot.
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10/5/2019
Question from Joshua S
 
How does the fit compare to the Sytron/Raceborg/Racetron fit? Would you typically recommend the same size in Skorpius as the others, which of course share a clog?
10/7/2019
Answer from Jeff
 
Joshua, the fit is very similar to the Sytron, but not exactly the same shape. You should be same size as your other boots. If you want to delve deeper, please use our Boot finder.
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