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.
La Sportiva Grip Guard (complies w/ ISMF standards)
Skimo Co Says
Light and fast ski mountaineering.
Quick step into Trab Titan bindings.
Even better than the Spitfire
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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?
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.
It is not clear to me where this boot fits in. Looks like in last it is comparable to the original TLT6, wider than the TLT5. In weight it is comparable to the TLT8, depending on liner; TLT8C has a "custom light" and TLT8E has a "custom ready" liner and the CR is more comparable to the Palau and Intuition after-market liners that most people would replace the CL with off the bat. No information on cuff height or on "flex". I'm looking for a boot that has slightly more metatarsal width than the TLT5 and the same or less than the original TLT6 and Scarpa F1 but with a slightly taller cuff and significantly but slightly siffer flex (a progressive flex is best, but I don't want the weight of the Pro Tour). So ....
Hi Andy, sounds like you've done your homework! Yes this boot is similar to a TLT6 CL (lots of folks use the CL liner for what it's worth) in forefoot width. Flex ratings are made up, but this is more boot than a six in my opinion after limited use. Walk mode is like a tongueless six. Cuff height is either the same or taller than an F1, depending on your shell break.
Thanks, jbo! Still doing my homework, looking for a replacement for my aging TLT6--something a little stiffer and just a little taller and lighter or just about the same weight and that walks as well as the TLT6 without accessory tongue; I use my 6 with my Movement Vertex-X. It wouldn't hurt if it could also replace my Scarpa F-1 that I use with my Alp Tracks 100. LOL It looks like this boot or the TLT8 might do the job; I'm waiting to see your evaluations of the Carbonio and Expedition CR. :-)
Nice Andy, yeah I think it's doable to go to one boot with this year's options. We also got to ski the TLT8s which are a nice upgrade from the 7. The fit is very different than the Skorpius and that will be the deciding factor for most folks. It sounds like the Sportiva would fit you better.
Are these in your store yet? Do you have an ETA? Will they have the same warranty voiding issue for shell punching that the Alien RS has? I'm really interested in trying this boot when it arrives. Currently in Alien RS and love it, but it's just a little narrow for my foot.
Hey Kevin, we should be seeing these soon, possibly next week? Compared to the Alien RS, the Scorpius is lower volume over the instep, and wider in the forefoot. Shouldn’t have any issues punching the shell!
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.