The Scarpa Skookums are stiffer than most Scarpa Boots. The downhill mode locks down firm and they ski more like a resort boot. Four buckles make it great for downhill. Its great that they fit any kind of A.T. binding. There is a great loop on the tongue that helps with getting the boots on and off. The powers trap uses a cinch that is really helpful. Rubber soles give you traction when booting.
My biggest complaint is the tongue. Scarpa tried to be helpful by giving the user the option between a stiff tongue or soft tongue, but in my testing, the mechanism that held the tongue on, and that offered easy swapping, also caused the tongue to fall out if your boots were not buckled tight. I would still buy these but maybe Scarpa will forgo this feature in future models.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Scarpa Skookum Alpine Touring Boots are probably one of the best downhill performance boots Scarpa makes. For most of my touring life I have used the scarpa Denali's and I hated them, so I was a little nervous about the Skookums. However I was pleasantly surprised. They are a comfortable four buckle boot that has a focus on the downhill, but the uphill is great unless you are rando racing. They also can be used in dynafit or fritchi bindings.
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