387 wrote a review of Scarpa Freedom SL Alpine Touring Boot on October 25, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
It's still early but I managed to get a few days of touring and skiing in these. Fit out of the box was fine for me so I used them that way.
They tour very well with good range of motion. Between the buckles, the power strap and the touring catches the fit on the up has a lot of room for adjustment. The extra weight compared to a Maestrale RS was not significant for about 2000' of climbing.
I love the new powerblock cuff locking mechanism. It's a big improvement over previous Scarpa boots.
On the down I skied powder that gradually transitioned to a semi-supportive sun crust. Moving slow, dinged a rock or two. Even in the sun crust these boots have the strength to drive a 120 underfoot ski. Plenty of stiffness both forward and lateral without being overwhelming. Not quite like a Hurricane Pro but close enough. I felt like the power transfer from boot to ski was smooth and responsive.
Not much detail, I know. I've been waiting a long time for Scarpa to put tech fittings in their top of the line freeride boot. This will be my everyday ride this winter inbounds, bc and at work in the rockies and the chugach.