2017 Scarpa T4

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2017 Scarpa T4

Postby iBjorn » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:52 pm

The other week I received my new 2017 Scarpa T4s, so I thought that I can share some thoughts about them. This is my 6th pair of T3/T4s, these boots usually survive about 200 ski days for me . I use them as my main boot for anything from cross-country and piste to steep couloirs, and occasionally for ice climbing.

The boot is redesigned for this year with new intuition liners and drops in weight from 1500 grams to 1340 (size 27). The shells are completely identical to my previous 2015 T4s, with the exception of new lighter buckles which decreases the weight of each shell with 20 grams.

The new liners drop approximately 150 gram per boot. To my surprise the liner is slightly lower (5-6mm) and softer than the previous T4 liners with a lower (approx. 20mm) and softer tongue . The new liners reminds me very much of the first generation red-brown T3 liners.

When testing them, they have better ROM (unbuckled shaft) at the cost of slightly less stability. The weight difference is noticeable, but don’t give much difference in speed on the flat or uphill - the softer liner and better ROM are of more importance.

To conclude, they tour and ski very much like the old red-brown T3s. I have a little bit of mixed feeling, I do like the lower weight and better ROM - but I do miss the height and stiffness of the old liners and liner tongue, although the difference is minor. Since most people use T4s for back-country skiing and not steep and hard conditions - I do, however, think that the changes are to the better for most people.

See pictures below comparing 2015 and 2017 T4s
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Re: 2017 Scarpa T4

Postby lilcliffy » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:17 pm

Thanks for the report and especially the very useful comparison with the previous model- as there are still many pairs of the outgoing model on sale.

I recently bought another pair of the out-going model on clearance.

Have been considering buying a new pair for myself- but I don't use them enough anymore to justify it- until they worn out!

I love this boot- A LOT.

Very happy they are still making it. Look forward to your perspective on whether the new model is actually an improvement!
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