Why we chose the La Sportiva Skorpius CR II: Innovative, lightweight, powerful
Cuff Range: 68°
Forward Lean: 12°, 14° or 16°
Binding Compatibility: Tech bindings (including Ski Trab)
Weight (per boot): 1,220g
Introduced in 2019, the Skorpius ski touring boot from La Sportiva replaced Sportiva’s old Spitfire boot in their lightweight ski mountaineering category. Now for the 22/23 winter season, La Sportiva brings in the expertise from innovative buckle experts BOA, to allow for fine adjustment to the shell’s closure.
It’s fair to say that the Italian boot designers over at La Sportiva like to come up with creative ways of solving the ski / walk mode lever problem. The Spitfire approached it with an upside down lever that attached at the top, to save the lever from getting packed out with snow.
“La Sportiva brings in the expertise from innovative buckle experts BOA”
The Skorpius CR also features a really interesting setup that means the ski / hike lever rotates to the side (instead of flipping up and down) to activate, and deactivate, the modes. This saves the lever from potential damage against rocks when you’re bootpacking.
Aside from the ski / hike mechanism, the shell has been produced using a neat bio-based Pebax Rnew shell that’s been reinforced with carbon fibre; providing a great balance of smooth flex, responsiveness and low weight.