The 2021/2022 Scott Celeste was tested in the women’s Backcountry category by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.
Testers liked the welcoming attitude of the Celeste, from the accessible price to the anatomical fit that worked for the average and slightly thicker foot. This year’s revised version felt lighter on the foot and offered a slightly longer feeling stride in touring mode than in the past—and it was good to begin with! Testers thought that this was a good value solution for backcountry enthusiasts who weren’t looking for the stiffest descender on the market.
The Celeste isn’t as wide as its blown-out-of proportion last width numbers would suggest, but testers put it on the roomy side of medium-width boots and said that its anatomical and easy-going fit was one of its best qualities—you’ll note the perfect score in the Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel category. Testers felt that the flex was about right at a stated 100-flex, but said that it folded a bit under situations of high fore-aft force.
Testers liked the Celeste best on smooth creamy surfaces where its less-aggressive transmission could go with the flow—and that’s the point of a tour anyway, right? If not, testers suggested stepping up to the Celeste Tour’s slightly beefier 110. Testers really liked the ease of use of the Celeste while hiking and skinning, saying it was one of the best of the rest when it came to convenience and function—it’s other perfect score. Testers noted that the fairly high boot board ramp had them pitched forward onto the balls of their feet.
Dual pull loops on a tongue style, full-thermo liner made getting it on and off a snap, and the 12-14 degree forward lean adjustment is a useful feature to get the fore-aft sweet spot dialed.