The Best Selling Performance Ski Touring Boot, Fine Tuned For A Better Fit
Weight: 2.9KG/Pair M270
Sole: Vibram Cayman Pro
Binding Compatibility: Ski Touring Pin Tech, Frame and MNC. Not Alpine ISO 5355
Range Of Motion: 60dgrs
Last Width 101mm (M27)
Forward Lean 16dgrs +/- 2dgrs
Liner: Intuition Cross Fit Pro Flex (Custom)
Shell: Grilamid LFT / Grilamid / Pebax
The Stiffer and more powerful version of Scarpa's Flagship Ski Touring boot, the Gea RS has been tweaked for 2020.
The Gea RS is the womens specific version of the infamous Maestrale RS.
With the same Grilamid shell construction as the previous version the new Gea RS gives the same superb power transmission and control as the previous version.
For 2020 Scarpa have altered the Intuition liner to give a more plush feel and an easier out of the box fit as the previous versions were firm and could feel quite hard until fitted and used.
Similar in weight to its predecessor and with the same range of motion in walk mode, the Gea RS still skis and tours very well.
Scarpa have kept the external walk / ski mechanisms from the previous version which were largely successful. These are easy to use, reliable and rock solid when locked into ski mode allowing zero play when flexing into the cuffs. It is worth making sure that snow and ice is kept out of the bar that the walk mech locks onto as this can mean the boot is difficult to use. A bit of lubricant around the bar works well to resolve this.
They still feature the genuine Dynafit Quick Step fittings and have a heel lug which is compatible with Marker Kingpin and Fritschi Tecton 12 bindings.
So how do they fit? The shell shape and volume is the same as the previous model of the Gea RS. The new liner certainly gives a different fit though, the initial feeling before molding is more even and a little more comfortable, the heel hold feels excellent and there is less depth over the forefoot and toes which could feel a bit too deep on earlier models. They are still fairly low volume, but feel more even over the instep area which was always the key area for the Maestrale and Gea family. Initially I didn't notice the same pressure point down the outside of the foot particularly towards the rear (5th Met base) area but if needed the shell can still be stretched here.
If you've had an earlier model then chances are you should be able to get a good fit from the 2020 series but if you've tried these in the past and found them too tight then you may find the same issue with this latest incarnation.
In summary the new Scarpa Gea RS is a fit update to these now classic touring boots with notable improvements to the instant comfort but without a departure from the functionality that have made this family of boots the most popular touring boots out there. Ideal for powerful skiers who ski hard and use bigger skis.
AT Frame Binding CompatibleYes
Pin Tech Binding CompatibleYes