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.
Is this the boot to challenge the Scarpa Alien RS for speed touring supremacy? Although I like the RS and skied it plenty last spring, I still found it softer than the hype would suggest. Obviously, the BOA was a thorn in my side and I eventually jettisoned it for a Voile strap mod. Never had an issue with the upper cord breaking but that remains a weakness for some. This new offering has some appeal.
Hi there, do you know the last width of the La Sportiva Scorpius CR? Trying to decide if this would be a good boot for me. Looks tough, like the simple ski/walk mechanism and that its independent from the top buckle.
Also, do you think the Atomic Backland Ultimate Race boot would be warm enough for daily touring? Looking for a really light durable boot for long missions. Not too concerned with stiffness as I have been skiing in single insulated leather mountaineering boots for 25 years.
Hey Marc! La Sportiva Scorpius is a 102mm last. . Warmth is very subjective. Boots with a race or race light liner will be less warm then a heavy touring model. As long as you are moving quickly and not standing for long periods, most people are fine with a race boot for touring. Also a boot glove would help on very cold days.