Gear We’re Excited About: Scarpa 4-Quattro XT Boots
We caught up recently with Scarpa (and their new brand ambassador Bode Miller) to learn about their new 4-Quattro XT, which will be out next season. While it isn’t Scarpa’s first foray into a backcountry/resort crossover boot, it certainly looks promising that it’s their best.
Indeed, the brand is positioning the boot to be its first true alpine boot ever due to its dedication to downhill performance. But at 1,500 grams (size 27), the XT is only 50 grams heavier than the Maestrale RS (and nearly 500 grams lighter than their previous crossover boot, the Freedom), which easily lands it in the hybrid category. While we’re not sure about the name (“four-four?”), Scarpa claims the 4-Quattro is the lightest GripWalk hybrid ski boots on the market.
Speaking of GripWalk, the 4-Quattro notably boasts full coverage of the stuff on its sole—improving traction for both summit scrambles and bathroom trips at the bar. (Its sole will certainly be a big hit for ski patrollers, guides, and anyone in the industry who spends a lot of time walking around.) Its low stand-height is designed to offer better downhill control, power transmission, and performance. The men’s XT version comes in a stiff 130 flex; the women’s in a respectable 115. (The SL versions are a 120 and 100 flex and weigh 1,430 and 1,290 grams, respectively.
So, with all the downhill performance it promises, how does it tour? The 4-Quattro has a 61-degree range of motion in the cuff, which is on the high end of any dedicated touring boot. It is also certified for ski-touring (and alpine) bindings, and it has a stout ski/walk mechanism made from lightweight magnesium.
As for the materials, eco-conscious consumers should note that Scarpa has been experimenting for over a decade with using plant-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. The XT version of both the men’s and women’s is made from Grilamid Bio, a castor-oil alternative that reduces roughly 30% of CO2 emissions compared to traditional materials.
Is this the crossover boot that makes no compromises? We’ll let you know when we get our hands on a pair to test. Stay tuned.
Kimberly Beekman is the former editor-in-chief of the late Skiing Magazine (RIP). She now uses freelance writing as a beard to ski powder anywhere it falls. She lives in Denver with her wonderful daughter and terrible cat.