An updated version of the Spectre 2.0, the Vega is La Sportiva's 4 buckle beef boot that has serious walkability for its class. Boasting a 60-degree range of motion, this downhill dynamo is ideal for long days in the mountains when you need mobility and support. Utilizing the same shape and shell characteristics as the Spectre, including the carbon-reinforced spine, the Vega has a few, but significant updates. Updated buckles that speed up the buckling process with micro-adjustable arms, an updated liner designed for maximum comfort, and an updated ski/walk mechanism so that it is less prone to wear down over its life. Add up these features and the Vega equals a more comfortable and durable boot from La Sportiva. Naturally, as the fashionistas of the Skimo world, the Italians could not resist but to go black-on-black with its color scheme on the Vega. Style, comfort, and impressive downhill performance all in one boot.
- EZ-Tech micro-adjustable buckles help create the perfect fit.
- Roomy 102.5mm last for folks with wider feet.
- A large 60° range of motion gives comfort on the climb.
- Adjustable forward lean to three different settings allows you to be as aggressive as you deem fit.
- Vibram Dual Density sole maximizes grip when you are billy-goating on that rocky knife-edge.
- Carbon-reinforced spine adds stiffness and performance.
- Compatible with all Tech and AT bindings.
- Updated liner designed for maximum ankle comfort.
|Weight (pair)||3028g |
||4+ Power Strap|
||All tech and AT bindings|
||12°, 14°, 16°|
||Grilamid shell and tongue, Pebax cuff, and carbon reinforced Grilamid spine|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Free touring, side country|
|Notes||Lightweight touring boot with powerful downhill performance|
|Bottom Line||4-buckle boot with one of the largest ranges of motion|
|Compare to other Freeride Boots|
Questions & Reviews
Fit - Pretty roomy for the most part. I take 9.5 US street shoes, generally 26.5 in most ski boots. Sportivas just seem to fit my foot really well, and need less modding than other boots I've had.
Uphill - In a word, excellent for their class. The touring latch for the buckles works well, ROM is more than sufficient for a freetouring boot. Sole grip is fantastic, crampons fit just fine. Better than MTN Lab, equal to ZGTP and Maestrale XT.
Downhill - This is where the boot really performs. I didnt ski the Spectre, but apparently the Vega is a bit more stiff and progressive. Regardless, the Vega is a better downhill boot than the ZGTP and Maestrale XT - the flex is more progressive than the ZGTP and the XT. If I had to I could ski this boot in resort and be happy with it (but why do that to your touring gear?)
Overall, this is an outstanding boot for downhill-focused touring. It skis and walks better than many of its competitors. And it looks classy.
Currently, I'm in a pair of 2nd generation Scarpa Maestrale RS's. I've also got a 6th toe and would need to get the toe box punched...
Any other recs for feet with: narrow heel, high arch, wide toes, morton's neuroma, and minimal cuff angle- for an advanced/expert skier?
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