Scarpa Alien 1.0
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Scarpa's Alien Boots are the perfect crossover boot between the rando racing world and the world of advanced and speed-efficient ski touring. There is now a soft internal cuff to keep snow out of the boot and the gaiter will no longer be needed.
If you're entering a randonee race or want to dramatically lighten up your backcountry touring setup, then the sleek Scarpa Alien Randonee Boots are for you. At only 1,700g (3 lbs. 12 oz.) per pair, the Aliens are some of the lighter randonee boots on the market. Polyamide plastic and carbon make up the majority of the boot shells to keep them light. Boots provide up to 60deg of range of motion for excellent comfort and performance while you're touring uphill. A single buckle on each boot closes the cuff and locks the boot into ski mode in one single motion; forward lean can be set at 9deg - 13deg. Use the Boa closure system to quickly get just the right fit whether you're skinning uphill or skiing down. Tech components in front and back allow the boots to work with Dynafit-style randonee bindings. Vibram UFO soles have very thin profiles to keep weight down and provide excellent sensitivity when you're hiking on snow and rock; large grooves channel away snow and debris. Please note: Scarpa Alien Randonee Boots are only compatible with Dynafit-style tech bindings; they do not work with step-in style bindings such as Fritschi Diamir or Marker.
Fresh from our friends on Alpha Centauri (sick mountains there, check 'em out if you haven't), the Scarpa Alien Alpine Touring Boot splits the difference between full-blown rando racing boot and hardcore tourer, with a nylon/carbon shell and cuff that are plenty light enough to crush the skin track while still handling their business on steep faces and in shotgun couloirs. The Alien's most distinguishing feature is the fit. Not many boots can boast a micro-adjustable Boa closure system, but the Alien uses it to secure the foot smoothly and evenly, completely eliminating pressure points and dead spots. Your feet will also dig the HRP Intuition Liner, which is instantly comfortable and offers superb touring performance in any conditions, as well as the UFO Vibram Sole (also recently received from our space friends) which cushions shocks and provides top-notch traction in all kinds of terrain. Of course, what's most important about a lightweight, race-bred touring boot is its uphill performance. The Alien has a 2-piece construction that locks into ski mode and opens with a single A-Light buckle, providing 60 degrees of uphill-touring power and variable degrees of forward lean between 9 and 13 degrees for the way down. When you're locked in ski mode, the Alien's Propulsion Tech System ensures that the cuff remains stiff, giving you all the power and edge grip you need to handle the steep and icy sections that are part of every serious ski descent. Scarpa also gave the Alien a Quick Step-In system, which uses indicators and self-guiding notches to make it easy to step into your tech bindings, even in snowy spots.