Scott Celeste ReviewMarch 8, 2014
- Intelligent buckle design—no snags, lock open in tour mode
- Easily on and off
- Updated tech fittings perform without a hitch
- Plush fit and feel
- Vibram soles provide confidence on rock, ice, and snow
- Poor women’s fit: loose in the Achilles, tight on the calf
- Slender ski/walk switch is clumsy with gloves
- Not enough lateral stiffness for stiff skis
The Scott Celeste is a great pick for those who struggle with fit and comfort issues in AT boots. The generous range of motion, EZ Fit liner, and wider last made long flats and uphill slogs easier. That means our feet stayed happy and helped us conserve energy, but without sacrificing downhill performance, thanks to this boot’s tall cuff, four-buckle construction, and a stiff flex.
Say you’re new to the AT scene. Invest in the Celeste, and grow with this ski boot. Its fit characteristics help stave off blisters, cold feet, and beginner’s fatigue on the uphills and transitions. But the PowerLite Frame uses ribs to reinforce the shell for a strong, lightweight package that delivers fun, speed, and power on the descent.
This season marks Scott’s return to the ski boot category. But the name Celeste (or her compatriots the Cosmos and Radium) may look and sound familiar. That’s because Scott acquired Garmont in December 2012. The 2013–14 Celeste benefits from Italian roots and Scott’s momentum and resources.
The recent acquisition means the Scott boots still resemble their predecessors in many ways, with one important difference. Scott updated the tech inserts on Celeste and other boots in the line. Tweaks to construction increase strength and increase retention on the downhill, while I felt zero friction where fittings and bindings interface in tour mode.