Tag: Scarpa

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

There is always a theme to every OR show and this summer it was decidedly rock shoes. La Sportiva added a whole bunch of women’s shoes, Scarpa’s got some cool lace-ups, Evolv is adding a couple to the line-up and Butora has a sweet, super-soft slipper. The big news, of […]

Summer 2017 OR: New Gear Awards

Summer 2017 OR: New Gear Awards

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2017 was the last show in Salt Lake City, and with a lot of political controversy surrounding the show (CNN), several of the industry’s most recognizable and respected brands boycotted the show as a sign of protest (most notably in the climbing zone, missing were Patagonia, Arc’teryx, […]

First Look: Scarpa Phantom 6000

First Look: Scarpa Phantom 6000

Unlike the Scarpa Phantom Tech, the new 2016 Phantom 6000 doesn’t lose weight but gains warmth instead. Scarpa claim a 15% increase in warmth, and though I don’t know how to measure that, the boot does feel warmer on my feet than the previous version. Weight, as mentioned, stays pretty […]

First Look: Scarpa Phantom Tech

First Look: Scarpa Phantom Tech

Mountain boots are getting ever more high-tech and nothing proves this better than reading the spec sheet for the new-for-2016 Scarpa Phantom Tech: Super Fabric, Cordura, Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, FlexSeal. No wonder these things now cost almost a thousand dollars (in Canada, anyway!). As I’ve been getting questions from all […]

Long Term Review: Scarpa Rebel Ice

Long Term Review: Scarpa Rebel Ice

Intro image of yours truly posing hard on the icy roof of a glacier cave. Photo by John Price Photography If the local crags are any indication, mixed climbing, and the dry-season off-shoot known as dry-tooling, are becoming more popular by the week. And with the rise in popularity, not only […]

Long term review: Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

Long term review: Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

Scarpa’s SockFit system debuted, in North America anyway, on the Rebel Carbon GTX in 2012. Since then SockFit has appeared in a few more boots in the Rebel line (Ultra, Pro and Ice) and has trickled down into a few other mountaineering boots, as well as an approach shoe. The […]

OR Summer 2015: Footwear

OR Summer 2015: Footwear

I’m always excited at the prospect of new boots. Lighter, stiffer, warmer, drier? Yes please! Arc’teryx announced their anticipated Acrux AR GTX boot. It is their take on a technical alpine boot and uses a lot of the technology and construction methods found in the Acrux shoe line. The Acrux […]

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014 is still going on but I’m already home due to a very tight schedule this summer. With only two days to spend on the show floor it was a whirlwind tour, but here are the highlights from the show. Full report coming later next week. For ease […]

Long-Term Review: Scarpa Phantom 6000

Long-Term Review: Scarpa Phantom 6000

Scarpa’s Phantom 6000 double boot has been in my boot stable for over a year now, so I figured it’s time to do a long-term update. As mentioned in my First Look post (click here), the Phantom 6000 is only a bit bulkier than its smaller sibling, the Phantom Guide. […]

Comparison: Scarpa Rebel Pro vs Ultra

Comparison: Scarpa Rebel Pro vs Ultra

The Scarpa Rebel Ultra and Rebel Pro are virtually identical boots. They share the same last, fit, insulation and, best as I can tell, the whole lower 2/3 of the boot – basically the part that encases your foot. Both boots have front and rear crampon bails, Gore-Tex waterproof linings […]