Scarpa Gea RS Alpine Touring Boot - Women's
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Gea RS Alpine Touring Boot
The Gea RS is Scarpa's stiffest and most powerful women's AT boot. It's designed to devour long ascents with the speed and grace of a gazelle while maintaining the ability to charge steep lines like a freeride champ. Scarpa buffed up the Gea RS this year with a lightweight design that's equally at home in pinner couloirs as it is on the skintrack.
The Gea RS features the same aggressive 120 flex and 101mm last as its predecessor and now houses a revamped carbon-infused Grilamid shell that increases stiffness and power without adding weight. Scarpa ditched the front buckle, jumping to a lower-profile three-buckle system that eliminates bulk and increases the cuff rotation from 37 to an impressive 60 degrees in walk mode—a welcome change that drastically increases uphill efficiency. Scarpa was also able to shed about five ounces per boot, a change you'll definitely notice when you leave your buddies in the dust on the skinner. Scarpa finished off the Gea RS with a grippy Vibram rubber sole, so you'll be steady and confident while traversing icy ridges and slick scree fields.
- A powerful terrain-crushing touring boot
- Stiff 120 flex for aggressive skiers
- 101mm last accommodates medium to wide feet
- Carbon-infused Grilamid shell with Pebax tongue
- Women-specific moldable Intuition liner
- 60-degree range of motion maximizes uphill efficiency
- Vibram soles holds traction on icy bootpacks
- Low-profile three buckle closure
I bought these boots about a month agoâ I had an older model of the Gea RS that I wasnât crazy about, but figured Iâd try the style again since theyâre one of the top rated womenâs tech boots and I am SO glad I did. These newer Gea RSâs have a much higher boot shaft which is really great for driving lightweight, backcountry skis at the resort, and the higher flex and user-friendly ski mode switch is really sweet as well. I had them heat molded and these are hands down the most comfortable ski boots Iâve ever skied in. My only complaint is that the top buckle is a little wonky and I feel that for the price, the buckles should all be flush. Other than that, though, Iâd 10:20 ecommend them!
My do everything, go everywhere boot
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had a lot of little concerns when considering purchasing these boots for use as my one and only do everything, go everywhere boot. I worried that a touring boot would be too flexy for the demands of resort skiing. I wondered if my skis would be as responsive under a less hefty boot. And I will be honest, these boots were PAINFUL to break in even with initial heat molding, but after a few days of wondering who was going to break first- me or the boot -I am happy to report that I need not have worried and that these boots are the shizzle. They are light and strong and provide excellent communication with and control of the ski. I have never enjoyed such precision with a boot before. I adore the lugged rubber sole, the generous range of motion in walk mode, and the well designed buckle system. I have paired them with both standard AT tech bindings and Marker SoleID bindings with equal success. After years of watching with envy as my husband strolled nonchalantly in his telemark boots, I am free of those awful, clunky, awkward, slippery, ungainly standard alpine resort boots.
Awesome review! Thanks for your feedback Cait!
Could be good.......
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these as my first pair of touring boots. I previously had used frame bindings and my alpine boots for numerous backcountry ski trips (Japan, Antarctica, Svalbard, etc). I was looking for something that'd feel similar to my alpine boots as far as stiffness and performance. (I have been in a Salomon xmax downhill boot) I prefer to have the going up a bit harder, rather than sacrifice performance on the downhill. I was fitted as a 23.0, and ended up ordering them online as the shop didn't have my size in stock. The boots were waaaay too big (I'm a size 6ish in shoe size, and my alpine boots are 22/22.5). First, I think these boots would probably be much better had I had the appropriate size. Because the size was so off, naturally I was super sloppy in the boot. However, I had the hardest time flexing this boot. It is MAD STIFF. At just under 5 ft and about 110lbs, I had a really hard time flexing the boot, especially when on gentler terrain. I felt like the boot was so stiff it was bouncing me into the back seat big time as I just couldn't get a progressive flex while skiing. On the plus side: I loved the ease of switching from walk mode to ski mode. The buckles and power strap are awesome and easy to use. The range of motion in walk mode is incredible. I teach skiing and walking in these boots on the slopes all day teaching the little kids was really great! I wanted to like these boots, but I guess I'm not as aggressive of a skier as I thought, or just couldn't generate the force/weight to flex these boots to feel comfortable.
Great, versitile boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
So far I've loved the new gea RS. The light weight is easy on the skin track and the 120 flex has great response that I felt like I couldreally press into as a more aggresive skier.
Not sure if I reccomend it for everyone but if our looking for a boot that's light on the uphill and stiff and responseive on the downhill it's a fanstastic boot.
*note- I did go to a profesional fitter for my boot work- you can't responably expect to get a high end, tight ski boot to fot right out of the box without any work done on it first. That's insane. Go suporrt your local fitter- they can help you a lot, and let you know if this is the right boot for you!
Initial Fitting Impressions
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
First Impression: There is a lot going on with the 4 different buckle types.
I tried these on along with the Scarpa F1, Scarpa Freedom SL, and the Technica Zero G Guide Pro.
I am trying to fit a med-wide foot, low arch, and HUGE calves, and looking for a boot that can handle my weight, and skier type, plus the weight of my camera gear/heavy pack driving the boot.
The Gea RS is the narrowest of the bunch, and the included footbed curves up on the sides, essentially making the footbed feel even narrower. I dropped the footbed from the Freedom SL in there to compare, and it definitely improved the situation a bit, but the boot itself is noticeably narrower.
I found plenty of adjustment length in the lower buckle over the toe box, as strange as the reverse buckle design in.
The midfoot ratchet strap had plenty of length to it.
Unfortunately, the buckle around the calf was completely maxed out and difficult to close. I had to use the top booster strap to get the shell closed enough to then get the buckle to hook in so I could close it.
When leaning forward in the boot, whether it was in ski or walk mode, and regardless of adjusting the tongue, or having the boots buckled tighter or looser, there was a really uncomfortable pressure point low in the front of my shin. As if my shin would fold over this one spot. I couldn't quite pin-point it as it didn't seem to coincide with any of the buckles, and adjusting the tongue did not seem to change it.
I am sure these boots will work for someone out there. The initial fitting didn't leave me super confident that investing in bootwork would make them work for my feet. It's a bummer since they are stiffer than the F1, but I found the F1 to fit far better for my foot/calf, along with the the Technica Zero G Guide Pro.
On a side note, the buckles are more of a neon-coral-orange in person.