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Stiff women's touring boot?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I am hoping some boot experts can help me out with a women's AT boot question!

 

I've been touring this season with a pair of last year's Scarpa Geas and I find them so, so, soft. I really hate skiing with them in anything that isn't super smooth spring corn.  They're great on the up, but the down is definitely lacking.


I was thinking of trading up into the Scarpa Gea RS... does anyone have any experience with those boots? Are they significantly stiffer? Or could you recommend another boot? I was thinking Dynafit but I don't have particularly narrow feet.


I also noticed the Scarpa Freedom SL.  Has anyone done any longer tours or steep bootpacks in these?


I guess I should mention I use tech bindings, so would need a boot with tech inserts.  I would generally not ski these boots at a resort either.


Thank you!

post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Trixie2000 View Post
 

I was thinking of trading up into the Scarpa Gea RS... does anyone have any experience with those boots? Are they significantly stiffer? Or could you recommend another boot? I was thinking Dynafit but I don't have particularly narrow feet.


I also noticed the Scarpa Freedom SL.  Has anyone done any longer tours or steep bootpacks in these?


I guess I should mention I use tech bindings, so would need a boot with tech inserts.  I would generally not ski these boots at a resort either.


Thank you!

Quoted from Scarpa's web site

 

"Other new features include a stouter power strap with a cut-out that makes adjustment a snap, and updated buckles, which are oversized for ease of use. Finer points include SCARPA?s innovative Axial Alpine tongue design, polyamide construction, which contributes to the stiff flex------"

 

-The RS is listed as a 120 flex----the standard Gea is listed as a 100  flex---they are stiffening the boot with a different tongue and a stiffer liner.  I doubt you can use the flex numbers to indicate that they would ski like an alpine boot of the same flex but the RS should be stiffer overall.  

 

Happy skiing

 

mike

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks Mike.  The RS is still option A.  And you're right, I've come to understand those flex numbers don't really mean much.

post #4 of 10

you might be able to just buy the stiffer tongue as well?    then add a stiffer intuition liner?

also, just to confirm, you are not finding the FIT too big, and just the FLEX too soft?

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
 

you might be able to just buy the stiffer tongue as well?    then add a stiffer intuition liner?

also, just to confirm, you are not finding the FIT too big, and just the FLEX too soft?

I will look into replacing the tongue and the liners.  Would be a nice possibility instead of buying a whole new pair of boots, since mine are only 1 season old.

I don't find the boot too big, my feet aren't slopping around inside the liner or anything.  I did have some issues with blistering on my heels during a long tour this spring, but it was just the one time, and it hasn't happened again since.  They're a 24, while my Lange downhill boots are 23.5.

post #6 of 10

Trixie:

 

I sell Gea's at my shop in Calgary and the RS is noticeably stiffer than the regular Gea and it almost certainly is possible to order you a stiffer tongue.  As Mike said it won't be like a 120 alpine boot, but it seems you don't expect that.  Tongues are not expensive and I think overall you'll prefer the Gea to the Freedom.

 

Most people however that buy the Gea don't complain about flex.  Are you using the boot for touring only or do you also is it around the resort?

 

Lou

Lou's Skiing Performance Centre

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
 

Trixie:

 

I sell Gea's at my shop in Calgary and the RS is noticeably stiffer than the regular Gea and it almost certainly is possible to order you a stiffer tongue.  As Mike said it won't be like a 120 alpine boot, but it seems you don't expect that.  Tongues are not expensive and I think overall you'll prefer the Gea to the Freedom.

 

Most people however that buy the Gea don't complain about flex.  Are you using the boot for touring only or do you also is it around the resort?

 

Lou

Lou's Skiing Performance Centre

Thanks Lou.  I may be coming to see you about the tongues.  Worth a shot!


I use the boot exclusively for touring.  Only time I ski them on the resort is if I'm going to/from any lift accessed backcountry.


I'm generally an aggressive skier and like to tour to steep terrain when possible.  I just feel a lot more confident and ready to "charge" (especially in bad snow conditions) in a stiffer boot.

post #8 of 10

Understood.  Just had to ask.  Everyone's preferences are different.  Why don't you come in and try on an RS (we have them in stock now) and if you like it I'll check on tongues.  Or better yet what size shell are you in?  I'll get the price and availability of tongues.  If all good to you then you can come in to try the idea.

 

So you live in Louise.  Do we know each other?

 

 

 

Lou

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm actually in Calgary today so I'll come by check out the RS. You guys are open this afternoon? In case not, my shell size is 24. Thanks for checking into that.
I don't get into the city very often but I can always work something out.

I've worked at a couple ski shops here and there so I know of you, but I don't think I know you directly!
post #10 of 10

Am in the store 12-5 today.

 

Lou

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