August to October is an exciting time for ski shops all across the country. Each year, a handful of products really stand out*, and La Sportiva's 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 and Hybrid bindings.
- Made in Italy.
|Weight (pair)||2380g [27.5]|
||2 w/ Swing-Lock & optional power strap|
||12°, 14°, 16°|
||Carbon reinforced Grilamid|
||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|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
I think they would be super popular, if not for the CRUSHING instep! In the end I went for a beefier boot, so maybe this is a weird middle ground for others, too
I'm getting a lot of heel lift touring with these.
Is there any reason something like an intuition pro tour HV wouldn't work with these boots?
Before I bought these I had F1 LTs and Hawx XTD. I have barely used either boot since I got the Skorpius and I've sold the Scarpas. The Scarpa's walk a little better and are a little lighter, but they are too wide in the heel, high in the instep, and narrow in the forefoot. Enough length not to smash your toes when you're booting up firm snow. Plus the Skorpius skis better with a more progressive, predictable flex.
It seems like the Skorpius is changing next year and the beautifully low instep may be raised, so if you have low volume feet don't miss out and buy now.
The folks at La Sportiva did indeed switch to a boa for the lower closure. Also, they raised the instep, and beefed up the liner slightly in the cuff area. Otherwise, the fit should be pretty similar, and the downhill performance will be as great as ever!
I leave my impressions after about a year of use.
I have 268mm length narrow feet (last 96/97mm), with low instep, small ankle and narrow heel. I was interested in the boot both because of the excellent performancel/weight ratio for the category and because it seems to have a very low instep despite the apparent medium/high volume (last 102mm in size 26/26.5) thus ensuring a good tightening of the foot.
After several tests in the shop I chose size 27 (shell 27/27.5 - probably last 104mm) as with the new liner the foot seemed well wrapped, especially in the forefoot.
After a few uses I started to feel more volume obviously due to the sagging of the liner. In uphill mode to avoid the movement of the heel when skinning, I have to tighten the shell buckle as when going downhill, even to the maximum, or close the upper velcro strap, making it less effective when climbing.
In downhill mode the foot is towards the toe fortunately stopped by the low instep height, leaving 5/6mm of space on the heel. This makes downhill control worse.
All this makes me think that I am wrong size, I should probably downsize to 26/26.5, even though in the shop it felt very tight on the instep and with too much space on the heel cup.
However, the fit of this boot seemed rather strange to me: medium/large volume with a wide forefoot, wide heel and a strangely low instep.
Speaking of performance the carbon fiber reinforcements are felt. In unphill mode with the upper buckles open, the ROM is excellent (if the foot is well locked), but closing the strap is limited by feeling a bit of stiffness on the tongue. In downhill mode the boot is very stiff, precise and powerful. If it fits perfectly it is an excellent weapon for driving skis up to 95/100mm. I used the boots with a Movement Apex 94mm and they perform very well (apart from the fitting).
Let me know what you think.
I've tried the Skorpius in a size 26.5, overall good fit, especially in the calf area where they fit great for my chicken legs.
Toe box fit was OK, not too roomy.
Mid section felt ok-ish as well for a stated 102 last, altho a bit too comfy.
But the ankle area / heel cup was kindof dissapointing, would've really needed more heel hold.
It's the same feeling I've got when I've tried La Sportiva Spectre 2.0.
Also I haven't seen anyone else complaining about this, but in both these LaSpo boots I felt as if the insole is somehow slippery, and such promotes unwanted movement in the boot.
At least the insole can be changed.
Is there any boot in this class with a narrower ankle-area / better heel hold?
maybe the discontinued unfindable S/Lab X-Alp.
What would be the optimal replacement liner for these boots? I’ve always had good results with intuition. Would you recommend a LV pro tour or is there another option that’s a better fit?
-This boot is the most comfortable I've ever owned compared to varous Scarpa and Dynafit models. It's the only boot I've found that I can spend 8 full hours skinning in and not experience any discomfort or blisters.
-Downhill performance is fantastic. Only better boot I've tried in this weight class is the fantastic Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro (which isn't quite as comfortable on the skin-track as the Skorpius IMO).
-One of the plastic cuffs broke off at the flex point after a single season, but Sportiva quickly replaced the boots under warranty and as I understand it have since rectified this issue by using more flexible, robust plastic, so kudos to La Sportiva there.
-The swing lock, main adjustment strap that can be quickly unhooked and removed, and lower buckle system (both the adjustment holes and the double folding mechanism for tour/ski mode) are all fantastic and robust features that I hope to see implemented on more boots.
Cons: foot crushing instep, and very upright. I wondered why it wasn't more popular, this is probably why!
Thanks for reaching out! The La Sportiva Skorpius has one of the lowest volume insteps of any of the boots that we carry. To compare with the TLT6, I would say the forefoot is comparable, and potentially even a little narrower. The Skorpius has a low volume heel, also lower in volume than the TLT6. Based on your prior fit history, the Skorpius would be my primary suggestion for your foot. If you have any further questions about boot options or your current setup, reach out at email@example.com!
I had tried shims and thick footbeds, but they actually raised my heel out of the heel pocket slightly and increased potential for heel movement.
That said, I'm going to try the Skorpius to see if it is even better for my low instep, narrow ankles, and medium forefoot/midfoot.
You're not comparing apples to oranges at all! All three of the boots you mentioned are designed to fill that gap between lighter, uphill-oriented boots like your Backlands, and freeride boots like the Zero G. I would say this boot in terms of performance is the best of the "best of both worlds" category, as it is exceptionally supportive and stiff when in downhill mode while still having a vast range of motion in touring mode. The real question will be if it fits your foot, as it has quite a low instep height that can be really uncomfortable for a lot of people. If you found the Zero Gs and Backlands to be pretty comfortable, there's a decent chance you fall into the category of people whose instep is too high for this boot, so I would definitely try them on first if you can.
Gracias! Or, should I say, Grazie!
How can you recognize the model year of a shoe (once the tongue has been tweaked so that it won't crack)?
Does the revised model (20/21 and 21/22) look different from the first versions?
Also, what's the weight of the 26/26.5?
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