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SCARPA Freedom Ski Boot Preview

SCARPA has some new Freeride boots coming out for the 13/14 season and they are legit.

These boots have all the features that we have been looking for in a solid Sidecountry/Freeride boot. They are stiff, light, have a wide range of cuff motion and will step into any type of alpine or AT binding that is currently on the market. Bentgate had the chance to meet up with Kim Miller, CEO of SCARPA North America to go over the details of the boot.

The Freedom boot line was developed with input from big-mountain ski pioneer Chris Davenport and meld alpine-level ski performance and construction with lightweight backcountry friendly features.

Three years in development, the collection includes two men’s and two women’s boots. Notable features include:

NEW shell mold and construction
- Lower-volume overlap construction (101 mm last width) with two-and-two buckle configuration and stiff progressive flex

- Light Weight: 3 pounds, 13 ounces per boot in Pebax construction(size 27)

- Carbon Core Technology, a technique that over-injects the boot’s lower shell around a carbon-fiber core. This substantially stiffens the boot without adding unnecessary material and bulk, improving power transmission to the ski throughout the length of the boot shell

 

NEW interchangeable sole system
- A new interchangeable sole system that employs a bolt-through connection to the Carbon Core frame, with hardware that screws into all-metal interfaces in the upper shell, enhancing the power transfer to the ski, and eliminating slop in the system.

- Two sole optoins. The Vibram Mountain Plus Sole is a lugged sole that is outfitted with the Dynafit Quick Step-in inserts and the Vibram Mountain Piste Sole is DIN compatible for use in alpine bindings or non-tech AT bindings

- Interchangeable sole separates below the the binding ledge to insure maximum power transfer when skiing with  alpine bindings

NEW ski/walk mechanism
- SCARPA’s innovative new Ride Power Block ski/walk mechanism is a two-part design with tight tolerances resulting in alpine-level performance.

- Great cuff articulation with 27 degrees for efficient walking and touring. 7 degrees of resistance-free back flex and 20 degrees of forward flex.

- Forward lean is 14 degrees with +/- 4 degrees of adjustability

 
Scarpa uses heat moldable Intuition liners in their boots and are putting them in the Freedom SL. This is a huge deal for us at Bentgate because these liners are Warmer, Lighter and more Moldable than anything else we cary. Here is a breakdown of the Intuition Speed Ride liner and Instant Fit Ride liner.

If you have a question about the new SCARPA Freedom lineup post it in the comments and we will do our best to answer it.

10 Thoughts on “SCARPA Freedom Ski Boot Preview

  1. Hi, just wanted to say i liked this article. it was practical. keep on posting.

  2. Unlike the bots above I am actually a human and stoked you actually got Kim to do this video for you(Kim Rocks!). Nice to see Scarpa getting into the game with the next boot getting the Alpine/AT crowd a boot that actually can do both really well! Thanks for sharing the info(I miss going to OR and can’t wait for the on-snow demo next month!). Cheers! Jarl

  3. kurt-alex leitner on January 29, 2013 at 7:26 am said:

    Sounds great!

    I’m looking for a boot like this since years! Wanna ride my Hellbent AND my “100mm underfoot touring skis” with the same boot – the same day!?

    As a former skiracer, I like solid boots to count on – QUESTION: will the SL be the best choice for that?

    thx 4 sharing
    curtis

    • Jon Frederick on January 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm said:

      Yes the SL will be the best choice if you are looking for a solid boot and are a former ski racer. The SL is the boot that Chris Davenport has been doing all of his recent skiing on.

      I had the chance to ski the boot in Salt Lake last week and was very happy with the power of the SL. It handled any of the terrain that I threw at it and had no problem controlling stiffer skis in the 185-195cm range.

      JF

  4. Don Quixote on January 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm said:

    So if I understand this correctly:
    A lightweight low volume, overlap construction offering stiff progressive flex, with a cantable cuff, bomber AT / Tech sole, huge articulation walk mode with burly mechanism and adjustable fwd lean, and Intuition liners?

    Just one question – WHEN WILL THESE BE AVAILABLE!!!!

    • Jon Frederick on January 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm said:

      Yes! sounds almost too good to be true. This boot wil be available for sale next winter. Bentgate will have the boot in the late fall for you to try on and get molded for the first snow of the year.

      JF

  5. Susan Rogers on February 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm said:

    So stoked to see you guys offering an agressive women’s boot! I’ve been enjoying the Geas and T2s, this might be the perfect third boot to round out my collection. Out of curiosity, what sizes will the women’s boots be available in? (The main reason I love you guys is because you offer 21.5/22.5 shells, please tell me they go down to 22.5!)

  6. Marcel Almeida on February 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm said:

    Any idea how these compare to Cochise and the new K2 boots? Curious to see what’s going to be the best… but the Scarpa is looking pretty sweet! Also how does the touring ability compare to the Maestrale? Will that really be a non compromise one boot do it all?

    • Jon Frederick on March 5, 2013 at 12:19 am said:

      Marcel – You have a lot of questions. Here are a few answers and if you have more comparison questions, you should give us a call at (877) 236-8428.
      The biggest deal about the Scarpa Freedom SL is that it is lighter than the Technica Cochise and K2 boots while still maintaining an equal or stiffer flex and power transfer. The Maestrale definitely has a greater range of motion but the new Freedom SL boot has plenty of articulation for any backcountry day as long as the goal is downhill turns. After a few days of skiing the Freedom SL it does seem like a non-compromise “do it all” boot.

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