The Maestrale RS is one of the bestselling backcountry ski boots of all time. Generally, the rule of thumb for a time-tested classic is to not modify it much. That is, unless you plan on making it lighter, increasing stiffness, and vastly improving the walking characteristics. Then of course it's a change approved by Skimo Co. The Maestrale RS 2.0 is another engineering marvel from SCARPA that borrows technology from the Alien and F1 to increase reliability and decrease transition times. A stiff Grilamid and Carbon frame delivers laser-like precision to steer "narrower" planks on precarious terrain and power bigger skis faster than ever before. A large Velcro power strap increases effective vertical height for extra leverage. One large buckle connected to a wire harness evenly wraps the shell around your foot for an even and secure fit. The new Maestrale is a game-changer for fast-and-light charging in the backcountry.
Update 2019/20: Recco receivers have been installed in the powerstrap, slightly boosting that oh-so-important safety margin. Also, the toe fittings changed from Quick Step to basic Dynafit inserts. But even more importantly, the Maestrale RS is now decorated with skimo blue!
|Weight (pair)||2870g 
|Buckles||3+ Power Strap|
|Boot Sole Length||288mm [25.0]
|Binding Compatibility||Tech, frame|
|Forward Lean(s)||14°, 16°, 18°|
|Materials||Carbon Grilamid LFT, Grilamid, Pebax|
|Liner||Intuition Cross Fit Pro Flex G|
|Sole||Vibram Cayman PRO|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Free touring and backcountry skiing|
|Notes||An updated classic with more carbon, Recco in powerstrap|
|Bottom Line||The free-touring standard|