Pros: Upright stance, solid feel, loads of energy right off the bat
Cons: Hard to remove, mundane buckles, mundane strap
This is a summertime purchase. I'll provide an on-snow review when I can.
I picked up this boot at an off-season sale at the Boot Doctors in Telluride, together with a custom footbed. These fit and felt the best after having tried on: Lange RX130 (low flex for a 130, very comfortable boot); Atomic Redster 130 (beautiful, functional buckles, but too wide in the heel for my foot); Head Raptor 130 (a close second, mainly because of the strap, which is a work of art, with softer flex than the Scorpions).
The Scorpion (along with the Langes) was the first boot the boot fitter (Patrick) brought out for me. He explained that I had a fairly narrow heel, a C-width forefoot, and a moderately high instep. He thought the Scorpion would work because of its roomier forefoot than the Head (he was right).
My first impressions of the Scorpion was that this is a very stiff, very solid boot, even compared to other race boots with the same flex rating. It's a little hard to explain, but I felt very stable and connected to the ground in these boots. I think it may be the fact that they have a more upright design as compared to my Technica Diablo 130s, which I have set up to really push me forward in my stance.
The Scorpion is a simple boot. It has buckles that look like they were designed by a committee: functional, well-built, tough, but uninspired compared to the Head's Spine-Flex, or Atomic's machined aluminium. The ankle strap is the same: it has velcro and stays in place. Compared to the Head and Atomic straps, this one seem primeval. What I've done is to also attach a Booster, so I use the factory strap to cinch up the liner, and the Booster to go around the shell (I tried it the other way, with the Booster on the inside, but had trouble getting it to fit right).
So why did I buy the Scorpions? (1) they felt like the closest fit to my feet in their out-of-the-box form, thermo-moulding the liner and the custom footbeds insured for a perfect fit; (2) the upright stance is very confidence-inspiring for me (who can be a little forward-leaning and aggressive in my skiing anyway); and (3) they felt like, by far, the most responsive boot I tried on -- I'm not sure if the others have a progressive flex, but, in the warm store, that's how it felt. The Scorpions, on the other hand, started pushing back immediately. They will be super-quick boots, no doubt.
The liner is heat-moldable and seems very good and very solid. It has lace capability if you want it and looks like it's built to last. The tounge is pretty stiff, keeping in line with the rest of the boot's construction.
Bottom line so far: this feels like a real race boot, but with a wider toe box that lets your foot rest totally flat, kind of splayed out like in good running shoe. The immediate feedback/stiff-flex is something that I really like, but others probably wouldn't (even if they could afford it, most people wouldn't drive around in a real race car -- the suspension is just too stiff and they're really hard to control at slow, start-and-go speeds).
I can't wait until I can give this boot a proper review next season!!