Where freeride expectations meet freeride reality there is only the Scarpa Mobe. Designed for total resort power with backcountry traction and binding compatiblity. The Scarpa Mobe gives you the best of both worlds.
|Binding:||All AT Bindings|
|Binding Compatibility:||Tech (Dynafit), Alpine Touring|
|Buckle Material:||Harmonized Steel|
|Buckles:||4 + Active Power Strap|
|Flex Rating:||A 125 medium-stiff flex is built for advanced skiers looking to ski aggressively all season long|
|Forward Lean:||15-22 degrees|
|Lean Angle:||15 deg, to 22 deg|
|Liner:||Intuition Speed Pro G|
|Number of Buckles:||4|
|Number of Micro Buckles:||None|
|Prewired For Heat:||No|
|Ski Gear Intended Use:||Side Country / Backcountry|
|Special Features:||Custom Forward Lean Setting|
|Weight:||3 lbs 15 oz; 1790 grams (1/2 pair size 27)|
Let me preface this by saying I already own a pair of '09 Spirit 3, '08 Spirit 4, and '06 Denali XT. I ski with the black tongues on the Spirit 3 and Spirit 4 to stiffen them up. I have owned Garmonts and rented Dynafits, but with a wide, flat, large foot (30.0 / 12.5 US / 48 mondo) Scarpa is the boot for me.
The Mobe is evolutionary, not revolutionary, but it has a bunch of tweaks which make it far superior to any of the models I already have. (1) The inner "boot board" is a HUUUUGE improvement. That feature in and of itself is enough to upgrade to the Mobe. For the first time in a Scarpa boot, the floor of the boot is almost totally flat. I didn't have to mess one bit with the multiple shims and endless insole futzing necessary with my Spirit 3/4. I simply molded the liners and was ready to rock. The boot board brings the volume up to that of a normal boot, so no more multiple 1/8" shims necessary to bring the floor of the boot up to reduce the volume to normal. (2) The much-increased stiffness (125) doesn't (to me) make the boot much harder to walk in, but it skis WAY better. My first day out this week (first week of Dec in Ogden area) I climbed for 3 hrs straight right from the car, brand new Mobe's, no pain, one small blister on one instep. The snow was super-gloppy, on the way back down I really REALLY appreciated the extra stiffness. I didn't even need to buckle them down hard, I could cut through crud with the boots barely buckled without feeling wobbly in the least (skiing Scott P4 w/Fritschis). (3) The newest iteration of the walk/ski latch feels very positive and more substantial than the older Scarpa latch. (4) Intuition liner has been upgraded slightly with tougher materials and seems to have slightly higher volume than the older Scarpas (5) buckles are more like alpine buckles, thicker and more positive. (6) Power strap is wider.
Yes it's a little heavier than the Spirit. I'm 6'2" and 220 lbs so the slightly higher weight of the boot isn't as noticeable to me as to some of you lighter skiers. I will probably still use my Spirit 3 for days when I'm mostly hiking and when the powder will be light and un-chopped. On those days I also use a lighter ski, I've got a pair of Scott Powd'Airs and a pair of Coomback 188 for those hiking marathon days.
Love my Mobes, worth every penny.
Ill leave the technical details to the more qualified and cut to the chase. I just completed my annual hajj north from the Tahoe area, spending February 9th thru the 21st based out of Revelstoke. I arrived with only 2 days in the new Mobes, along with this years Coombacks and a Dynafit set up, interested to see how the boots would perform fresh out of the box. Amazing . Skied RMR the first day (on different skis) in good, but thrashed chop on an amazing base with 30 cms a few days earlier; cat skied the next day (on the Coombacks) in blower knee to thigh; and then spent the next 7 days ski mountaineering out of the Selkirk Lodge with long tours in high in the alpine, coupled with steep and deep trees, all again in knee to thigh. Not a single glitch with the Mobes. In fact, they performed beyond expectations in every respect. Great power strap, awesome buckles, easy conversion walk to ski, and the inner boot is a dream. For serious skiers with a sidecountry and backcountry bent focused on power and performance on descents, along with a boot that can tour, the Mobe is an excellent choice. Go for a lighter set up if youre more tour oriented and less focused on downhill performance. Yet, if you want to tour or leave a gate and rip steep, technical lines, I recommend the Mobe without hesitation. And for context, Im 6, 175 lbs, with what Ive always thought of as a very average foot. Best to all and play safe. JP
I had to take these to Granite Chief in Truckee CA to get the fit totally dialed ($30) and it was worth every penny, they are ridiculously comfortable.
I've done several days inbounds where they performed well and I had a chance to break them in and get the fit dialed, then I took them on a week long backcountry ski trip where they exceeded my expectations!
I brought some light hiking boots, anticipating sparse snow cover for a half day on the way out and when the time came my Mobe's were so comfy I just hiked out in them. They kept my feet warm down to 17 degrees and it was easy to dry the liners in my bag each night. They worked great up the steepest climbs, on long flats and on descents they were fantastic. I was the only one out of five with no foot discomfort after 7 days and over 50 miles. I'm typically a 11.5 or 12 U S shoe size or a 46 euro, with medium width feet and I fit in the 29 perfectly AFTER the fit at Granite Chief. It took their expertise and a couple days before they were just right. Below is a pic during a lunchtime sock change... it's the best boot pic I had.
I like this boot. I have used the scarpa tornado pro the past few seasons, and i know that they are not really the same but in terms of comfort and response i feel the mobe is far better. The boot's construction is grea the switch for walk mde is durable and easy to grab and engage or disengage, as opposed to the tornado which often stuck in place. The boot is a 125 flex with a built in Booster strap and really drives power directly into the ski. The sole is like any lugged sole and provides a good base for climbing and traction. It would of been nice to be able to have interchangable Virbrim soles for the days i would want to use an alpine binding but i have alpine boots for that so no real complaint on that end, it just would of been nice.
Overall i reqlly like this boot and with more days on the snow i think it will become my everyday boot, both in bounds and out.
Managed to get a few days on these before I left Japan and they are awesome! Light and stiff!
Out of the box with a quick mould of the Intuition liners and they are equally best fitting boots straight up I've ever had. And that is with my chronically difficult, hard to fit foot (read high volume and structurally very rigid foot).
I have high hopes that when I write my follow up review, after some more days skiing on these down here in Oz this coming down under season, I will be raving about them.
They certainly feel stiff enough to rip around the resort and work instructing skiing. And they also feel nicely snug around my ankle which is good. They are certainly a little more snug than my old Spirit 4's which are comfortable but not really stiff enough for a moderately sized bloke (95kg) who skis reasonably aggressively.
So I will keep all posted!
Stiff, Wide, 3 Piece Design...
This is by far my favorite boot of all time. Finally a touring boot that performs as well as my old Dalbello Proton 12s. Incredibly light in the 29.5 size, easy in and out (no more end of the day boot removal with a tire iron), pretty good walk mode and can be pushed as hard as any alpine boot once the cuff is locked in. Accommodates a high volume foot with ease and comes with an intuition liner. So far this boot has exceeded my expectations. Bought it just for touring and some side country, but am now tempted to remount my other skis to work with the shorter sole length. Started with the cuff at the factory lean angle, but have since increased it to work better with the BD zealot/guardian setup I use them with and to accomodate my skiing style/position
This is my first AT boot that is matched with a ski/binding setup of the Surface Live Life skis and Dynafit Vertical 12 FT bindings. I do have to say that this boot surprised me at what it is able to do. First off, it's light, super light. The flex is definitely comparable to a 120-130 alpine flex once you are locked in. The ski/walk mode is super easy and pretty durable. The fit is a bit wide, but I did that on purpose to keep up the comfort while skinning up. I was somehow able to go into a 313mm sole length when my alpine boots are 326mm, but if you are looking for a sweet freeride touring boot that splits the line between downhill performance with more than decent uphill comfort, go for these.
If you need to charge big and hard while touring, this might be the boot for you. I got them to replace the Skookum and it is a huge step up in burliness. Way stiffer, but also way less flex while touring. I have to have the buckles fully open in order to walk up hill comfortably but I am used to walking in the super flexible Maestrales. If you want a boot for serious descents that is dynafit compatible, because really there is no other touring binding, then this is the boot for you. I would say its ideal for slack country and shorter distance touring. I love how they ski, but don't often choose the weight/walking flex comprimises of this boot.
Awesome boots. Super lightweight and once they're broken in they feel like hiking boots. I only had to heat mold them once and work them in on a couple of tours/ hikes and they are perfect now. The switch between tour and ski mode is a little loose for my liking but they haven't switched on their own so no worries so far. I would recommend sizing down a half size for a performance fit because there is plenty of room for give in with the heat mold.
I got these for getting aggressive on bigger skis in the backcountry and the occasional resort day. So far, so good! They don't tour as well as the Mastrale unfortunatley. The range of motion is much more restricted and they do weigh in pretty heavy. Once you lock it all down though, they deliver the performance. Seems to be more volume in this boot in general. Not as slim and narrow as most the Scarpa boots I've tried.