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 Maestrale is a game-changer for fast-and-light charging in the backcountry.
- Carbon Grilamid Web Frame lower shell increases stiffness and power transfer.
- Outdry venting replaces redundant material with ventilation to reduce weight and increase comfort.
- Axial Alpine Evo Tongue brings heavyweight performance to a sub-1500g boot.
- Speedlock Plus Ski/Walk mechanism upgrades the Maestrale to the speed and reliability of an Alien or F1.
- Wave Closure System wraps the lower shell around your foot for a secure and precise fit.
- Grilamid Evo V-Frame Cuff maximizes power-to-weight ratio.
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!
Update 2021/22: SCARPA has released an updated version of the Maestrale RS.
|Weight (pair)||2870g 
||3+ Power Strap|
||Tech, Hybrid, ISO 9523|
||14°, 16°, 18°|
||Carbon Grilamid LFT, Grilamid, Pebax|
||Intuition Cross Fit Pro Flex G|
||Vibram Cayman PRO (ISO 9523)|
|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|
|Compare to other Freeride Boots|
Questions & Reviews
They don't ski as well as a proper alpine boot (no real touring boot does), but in good snow it's no problem to straightline or hit 20ft airs. For how well they ski, they also walk quite well. If you're coming from race boots or similar, you'll certainly feel that the range of motion is more restricted, but compared to other boots in the class it's solid. For me, they hit the walk/ski compromise pretty perfectly for a standard touring day (although personally I will always have a proper resort boot and a better walking boot in the quiver too).
And of course, as with all boots, the most important thing is fit. These fit my relatively high volume feet perfectly, which is why I'll probably get another pair when my current ones are worn down.
Buckles are very adjustable. I don’t think we talk about liners enough. These are really warm. The other feature I like is the cable at front. I’m a fan of boas but these have felt sturdier.
Most importantly they ski great. Stiff. Overall light boots.
Highly recommend these boots for anyone looking to free ride.
We discussed long and hard about if we should bring in the Maestrale and the Maestrale RS but decided against bringing in the Maestrale because the downhill performance felt remarkably similar to the F1, which is substantially lighter. The idea being that if you want a boot as burly as the Maestrale in the first place, then you probably also want the extra stiffness that it brings to the table, but if you don't want/need all of the extra stiffness, then why carry it around when the F1 will accomplish the same task at 150g less per foot?
Anyways, sorry for that tangent. If you want to fill out our boot fitter we can talk a little bit more about which size is going to fit you more appropriately.
The ski mode has developed a bit of play now and they seem to have loosened up in shin. Seems like time for new boots. Thinking of the new Maestrale RS. I'll have to heat the liners myself. How similar do you think the fit and heel hold would be between my Sherpa's and Maestrales?
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