/ PRODUCT NEWS: Scarpa Ribelle Tech OD

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Ribelle Profile, 3 kbThe Scarpa Ribelle could be considered something of a revolution as far as weight and performance is concerned. Coming in at 1220g per pair, the Ribelle blends Scarpa's experience of designing both mountain running and mountaineering boots/shoes into one single package.

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JayPee630 - on 11 Nov 2017
In reply to UKC/UKH Gear:

Anyone used these for alpine summer or Scottish winter yet? Be interested how they are.
wbo - on 11 Nov 2017
In reply to UKC/UKH Gear: I would be very interested in how these compare in the field to Salomon X-alp carbons (which I have)

JayPee630 - on 11 Nov 2017
In reply to wbo:

How are they wbo? They look a bit more stiff running shoe with integral gaiter than these?
TobyA on 11 Nov 2017
In reply to JayPee630:

I haven't and they do look super funky but interestingly I am reviewing these for UKC currently. the Zodiac Tech are quoted as 1240 grams a pair for 42, as opposed to 1220 grams for the Ribelle. So 20 grams more but almost half the price.

The arrival of a new member of our family stopped any alpine style trips for me this summer to try the Zodiac Techs out, so I've been using them for British hiking and scrambling and very happy with them. I went over to N Wales last weekend to try and catch some winter conditions to test them in. As it was the forecast snow level was a bit over optimistic and I never needed to get my crampons out but I did kick through some snow with them and did Crib Goch and Y Gribin in wet, greasy and in places snowy conditions in them and was again very impressed. Standing on little incut nicks on greasy slabs, in a gale, in a hail storm, while down climbing Y Gribin was a fine test for them - rather like the feel of front pointing on easy angled but thin ice. I have no worries about using them on easier routes this winter where you are going to be doing more hiking and scrambling than actual climbing. It will be interesting to hear if the Ribelle are similarly multipurpose or more specialist.
wbo - on 12 Nov 2017
In reply to JayPee630: they are very, very good. I got them as a midpoint between fell running shoes and my Rebel Ultras as I wanted something for Norwegian tinds with a fair amount of scrambling and rocky ground. I have classic mountaineering boots but don't like to use them whilst fell running shoes are usually a bit too soft in the mid and outersole . For this they are perfect.

Only complaint is sizing - they are a bit big in their size - but I wear thin socks normally which might explain that. Also, if you want ankle support, well they ain't got much, but I really never think about that. Fwiw my rebels don't have any either

They have worn very well . I am really pleased. The Ribelles look really good as well - down to fit in the end, as ever
simon kimber - on 14 Nov 2017
In reply to JayPee630:

I took a pair out to the alps at the end of the summer. I think they're fantastic, more substantial than the Salomon X-Alp Carbons but about the same weight.

Here's a full review
JayPee630 - on 14 Nov 2017
In reply to simon kimber:

Thank you, excellent review. That's me sold on buying them as my next boots for Scottish winter and alps summer easy climbing!

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