Review: Scarpa TX-Pro
Odds are if you’re a decent telemark skier, you will love Scarpa’s TX-Pro. The reasons are simple, and with a little investigation and analysis, obvious. The TX-Pro nails the peak of the bell curve of what the majority of tele skiers want: a boot that is big enough to deliver plenty of power, but isn’t excessively stiff; and best of all, it has the ability to fit a wide range of foot sizes and shapes thanks to Scarpa’s trademark instep buckle.
If you don’t like the TX-Pro it is because you’re on the edges of the bell curve, not in the middle. This could be with respect to whether you want a stiff or soft boot, or more practically, the shape of your foot. If you want extra stiff, the TX-Pro simply isn’t that. It isn’t exactly soft either, but with the smaller, 3-buckle TX missing from the line up, it is Scarpa’s softest NTN boot.
It IS powerful enough to drive fat skis and hold an edge well, even when the snow is firm. To put some boundaries on that, say up to 105-110mm at the waist. Yet the TX-Pro isn’t so stiff that it will overdrive the tips of your skis if you’re ripping pow or slashing crud. For the majority of skiers, it has a good balance between the flex of the bellows, which is on the soft side compared to Crispi, and cuff flex through the ankle. Those who are migrating from a T1 are likely to think the bellows are too soft, but you’re thinking in duckbill terms. The flex you feel is still a combination of the boot and binding, but the mechanics are different without the duckbill. The main difference is that the binding can have a stronger influence on the tele sensation, whereas with 75mm the flex of the bellows dominates.
In tour mode the Pro has average cuff mobility. If you’re going up a decent incline on the skin track you’ll barely notice the limit on the back of your calf. On the flats, you’ll feel it. It may not be state of the art in the world of touring mobility, but stop whining about it already, it’s not that bad. Thankfully this boot comes outfitted with tech inserts at the toe so you can take advantage of lighter weight, more efficient 2-pin tele bindings. If your skimo race buddies give you a hard time, remember, they can’t tele, you can.
In terms of fit the last is rated at 102mm, which is plenty of width for most feet. Those with narrow feet might even argue it yields a sloppy fit, but that’s based on boots without an instep buckle. The genius of Scarpa’s design is the instep buckle that pulls your heel back into the pocket to give it a solid connection to the sole of the boot at its foundation. Combined with a customizable Intuition liner, the Scarpa last is legendary for allowing a wide range of feet to fit comfortably and with solid performance, from low to above average volume, in uphill and downhill modes. Those with high volume feet, not only wide but high at the instep as well, you still might get a good fit, but you’ll likely need the help of a savvy bootfitter with telemark experience.
In the backcountry the TX-Pro feels overweight. A 2-pin binding can help, but not change the dilemma with weight or touring mobility. Man up and quit your whining already, okay? Under the lifts it’s a great boot for a full day in every condition imaginable. For the few who disagree, either you want something stiffer or you’re outside the curve and, for the time being, out of luck. For the rest, step in, buckle up, and prepare to smile.
MSRP: $700 — PURCHASE HERE
Weight/boot (M sz 27.5): 1750 g • 3 lbs., 13 oz.
Weight/boot (W sz 25): 1585 g • 3 lbs., 8 oz.
Sizes available: M 24.5-30, W 22.5-27
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