Scarpa launch range of “Bio” ski boots

Italian specialist boot manufacturer Scarpa have launched a range of ski boots made using the Pebax Rnew plant based plastic. The boots will be available for the start of the 2009-2010 season.

scarp tornado eco ski touring boot
Scarpa Tornado Eco

The boots, Tornado Eco, T2 Eco including a woman’s version, are aimed at the freeride and telemark segements. Pebax Rnew is made from 90% plant based oil but offers performance comparible with existing plastics.

Scarpa claims that the boots “continue the SCARPA tradition of firsts by setting the bar for performance while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions and energy use.” Pebax Rnew is made from castor oil (think Castrol) and production requires 29 percent less fossil fuel and puts out 32 percent fewer emissions. India, China and Brazil are leaders in castor bean production. There is obviously a question mark as to whether production is sustainable and whether is supplants other crops in a negative way.

Scarpa say the new boots have undergone 18 months testing and claim that the new boots retain stiffness over a slightly wider temperature range compared to existing Pebax. Dynafit have already used Rislan, a Castor oil product to add stiffeners to their boots but Scarpa appears to be the first boot made entirely of this natural product.

Posted by davidof on Monday, 09 March, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Scarpa will save the world with its new marketing blended with good-old, long lasting hypocrisy!
Instead of that monkey-business, why don’t they price their product a bit more sensibly and make sure folks who who sew liners and work on the injection press make a decent living!

Posted by  on  Tuesday, 17 March, 2009  at 12:56 AM

Scarpa AFAICT are not the first onto the market with a boot made with this material. Atomic have the alpine boot the Renu on sale already.

Posted by  on  Sunday, 22 March, 2009  at 09:38 AM
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