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Meet the standard for lightweight alpine touring boots: the original, award-winning Maestrale, the lightest four-buckle AT boot on the market. With the Maestrale, SCARPA proves that a boot weighing 3lbs 6oz (men’s 27) doesn’t have to come at the expense of power. These boots offer stiffness and uncompromising performance on par with many four-buckle AT boots that weigh eight and nine pounds per pair. An innovative Alpine Axial design allows the tongue to open to the side of the boot, giving the Maestrale the benefits of both overlap- and tongue-style boot construction. Translation: the Maestrale provides amazing volume adjustment, they’re easy to get in and out of, and there’s no unnecessary weight. Finer points include magnesium buckles, plant-based Pebax® Rnew plastic, and compatibility with all alpine-touring bindings, including tech-style bindings. There’s also a sweet price.
- 40 degrees range of cuff motion
- Active Power Strap
- Alpine Axial tongue closure
- Asymmetric tongue
- Dynafit Quick step in® System
- Intuition Liner
- Magnesium Mirage buckles
- Ski/Walk mechanism
- Vibram Mistral sole
- Wiregate Tour-lock buckle clasp
SizingSCARPA Sizing Chart
Measure your foot with a ruler, using cm or inches; convert to Euro or US using this chart. If you need mondo sizing, please refer to the SCARPA chart on this page/tab. We recommend you purchase two sizes, the size you think you are plus one .5 size bigger for fit testing at home. As long as the products are in like new condition and the packaging is 100% intact, we will credit you for the returned product.
General fitting rules depend on the product's intended use... follow the appropriate guidelines below for best results.
- The bigger/heavier/more supportive the product, the more you may want to upsize .5 - 1full size. Lighter, softer, more supple shoes can be sized closer to your measured size.
- Note: SCARPA Plastic mountain boots all use UK sizing; UK converts easily: 1 full size smaller than US men's size, 2 sizes smaller than US women's size.
- Try on with appropriate socks for your usage. The bigger the boot, the more appropriate a bigger sock (sounds crazy, huh?)
- If you use orthotics or already have aftermarket footbeds, measure against the standard footbed in boot. Fit into boot for sizing/fitting the boot.
- Best to try on at the end of the day when your feet are larger/swollen, than when your feet are fresh to ensure good fit after a long day.
- Lacing can play an incredibly important part of a good fit. Be sure to play with lacing when analyzing fit.
- Make sure your heel isn't slipping.
- Make sure your toes aren't hitting the end.
**Approach shoes may be sized smaller for performance purposes but beware... small shoes are really uncomfortable on the trail.
Rock climbing shoes
- From your measured size, you'll want to consider downsizing .5 - 2 full sizes. The flatter the shoe, the closer to your measured size; the more downturned/aggressive the shoe, the more you'll want to downsize.
- The best fit is comparative between sizes and only you will be able to judge that, though an experience climber could offer good insights to your fit.
- If it feels painful, it may break in... or it may not.
- Pain sucks as a rule of thumb though and makes climbing miserable.
- Only you can judge what's 'acceptable' discomfort.
- Good fitting rock shoes shouldn't necessarily be 'comfortable' by walking/running shoe standards.
- Look for looseness/bagginess in the toes and heel. Bagginess can mean 'slop' when climbing with feet perspiring, etc.
- Toes should completely fill the toebox.
- Heel should feel solid; like they won't pull off if heel hooking.
- Any foot movement in new shoes will mean sloppy fit when broken in.
- From your measured foot, convert to US size using the scale. Translate the US size to Mondo size using the SCARPA mondo scale (not 'true' mondo conversion)
- Shell fit: taking liner out of the shell and inserting foot, toes touching end of shell but completely flat.
- Should have 1.5 - 2 fingers of space behind heel and heel of shell (between 14mm - 20mm)
- Too little space = go up one shell
- Too much space = go down one shell
- If not sure... fit test BOTH shell sizes
- Put on a ski sock for gosh sake!
- Use and orthotic? Put it the boot (after taking out the standard footbed).
- Put foot in boot AND BUCKLE IT! You can not tell a boot fit without buckling it
- This will pull your heel back into the heel pocket, relieving cramped toe space
- Boots do pack out! A 'comfy' fit when new will mean slop later.
- Regardless, your toes should NOT be pressed against the end of the liner
- Get your Intuition liners molded! This provides THE BEST FIT available.
- Any minor pressure points or space will be eliminated by molding
- Find an experience SCARPA dealer for fitting/molding
- Boot fitting is an incredible service and generally requires a service fee of varying amounts... it's worth it though!
More good information fitting available here.
- Flex Index: 100
- Range of Motion: 39°
- Inner Boot: Intuition Pro Flex G
- Shell | Cuff | Tongue: Pebax® Renew
- Buckles: 4 + Active Power Strap
- Forward Lean: 16° & 20°
- Sole: Vibram® Mistral
- Weight: 1534g: 3lbs 6oz (1/2 pair size 27)
- Size: 24.5 – 32, 33
- Binding System: TLT, AT
- Forefoot Last Width: 101mm
- Product Code: 12040/501
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Anonymous Mar 4, 2012
I can attest to this boot's versatility. I have done several double digit mile tours, skied steep enough terrain, hiked ten miles on foot, climbed multipitch ice routes up to WI4, and climbed mixed routes up to M6 all in this boot! The articulation of the cuff allows for a huge range or motion. the boot is so light that it is not a burden, and the stiff platform allows this boot to climb ice very very well. With the Intuition liners, I always have the warmest feet, weather I am hiking, skiing, or climbing. The ONLY concern I have is regarding the buckles, especially the heel retention strap buckle. I know Scarpa switched to riveting on that buckle, but after loosing one on a descent from a climb, and with the other on the way out, I think they need to come up with another solution. I have seen several Maestrale boots loose buckles that are screwed on and riveted on. I am now in the the process of switching to all screwed on buckles secured with red loctite, but am worried that I will be dealing with this for the life of the boot.
Anonymous Dec 1, 2011
I have had many days and miles in these boots as my training gear for a Denali ascent. I also use them as my in-bounds ski boot. they are light, stiff, and excellent performers on the descent. The only negative is that i have a very difficult time keeping the screws tight enough (even after applying lock-tite) that i don't lose buckles and the associated screws and nuts while hiking. There is a very fine line between tight enough to keep the buckles firmly seated and stripping the screws. The screw shaft length is very short and the threads are extremely fine. Scarpa was nice enough to send one replacement kit but all of those have been lost already.
Anonymous Nov 1, 2011
I have put this boot through a lot of miles over the last year. I have many days in them, skiing Colorado's 14'ers, the Chugach, as well as a ski / climb of Rainier. I weigh 195 lbs and have skied the mastrales with 100mm and 125mm underfoot skis. They power the 100mm waist skis well in all conditions and the 125mm waist skis in only powder conditions. I ski them hard and had no support issues when driving turns (only issue came under a 60lb pack, but this is mostly expected). These boots are superb to hike in and are easy to get in and out of, which is key in cold conditions (extended tours with winter camping). For boot weight to power ratio, this boot is in the top of its category. The boot is light and it will be interesting to see how the boot holds up over time. I have had some minor durability issues (overlap strap buckle slightly bent - but still functioned, as well as the lock-tight wearing out on the overlap screws). Scarpa was good to repair the boot and supply a backcountry repair kit.
Anonymous Apr 25, 2011
Hey there. We've put up a thorough review, including a video, of the Maestrales on our site. This is a great boot for long-haul tours! Check it out on backcountryskiingcanada.com, here: http://bit.ly/g51Q7M
Anonymous Feb 24, 2011
I weigh 230lbs and ski hard and fast. My new setup is these boots with 120mm waisted skis! The touring capability is incredible, but I will focus on the downhill performance. In my opinion, Scarpa has struck the critical balance for the ideal touring boot. There are different ways to nitpick at downhill boot performance but I will say this: while pushing the envelope of speed and energy transmission, my confidence index is as high in this boot as it is on any other alpine or AT boot I have used. (quite a list). The feel may be different but the confidence is there; and that is perty nifty trick for a super light boot and a 230lb oaf!
- Anonymous Mar 4, 2012