Scarpa Gea RS ski boot review, 2017/2018 women's Backcountry Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

One tester said of the new Scarpa Gea RS: "Dominates the ski from tip to tail!" Another called it a solid touring boot with great dynamic balance. Our tests confirmed that the new, cross-membered V-Frame cuff and carbon-infused Grilamid lower shell make for a light and rigid system for sending movements directly to the ski. "You don't have to back off on aggressive skiing in the backcountry with this light but muscular boot," said Powderly. Scarpa Gea RS uphill tests yielded similarly positive commentary regarding ease of use of the metal-to-metal hike mode mechanism and long travel, friction-free touring range of motion.

Spacious and perhaps a bit boxier in fit than the Maestrale RS of old, testers liked the Gea RS' toebox freedom (fits long and wide there) for a little more blood flow and warmth while touring. They mentioned that the ankle pockets were a little aggressive prior to thermo forming the Intuition Cross Fit Pro Flex G women's specific liner, which they liked for its light weight and high moldability.