This is my third pair of Scarpa Women’s Gea RS. Again, I would emphasize that this is my “third” pair. You are correct to think that I must really like them. In each pair, I put in at least 150 days of skiing. I was in this boots for 30 days straight this year in Japan, half of which were touring focus and the other half were off-piste/down hill focus. These boots offer excellent up hill comfort (37 degree range of motion) and all day comfort on a long tour (1400 g ½ pair size 25).
Even though these boots are lightweight, they still perform wonderfully downhill. I’ve skied the Scarpa Gea RS in powder, ice and spring corn conditions in Alaska, France, Canada, and Chile. For comfortable and enjoyable touring and ski mountaineering, this is the boot for me. If, however, you’re are into off piste skiing or out of gate skiing with just occasional skinning, then Scarpa Women’s Freedom SL 120 might be a better option for you. I own both boots and let the day’s objective be my guide as to which boot I ski in. My feet are happier when I choose the correct boot for maximum downhill or uphill performance. Thanks Scarpa, for making awesome boots. 🙂
Colorado Mountain School
AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Assistant Ski Guide