Slip on the Scarpa F1 Alpine Touring Boots when your race or tour demands minimum weight and maximum flexibility.
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Are the F1's liners heat moldable?
Yes, they have a thermofit liner.
I've read a description elsewhere that describes these as being "Compatible with all touring bindings, including Dynafit". The description here says otherwise. Can someone give me a definitive answer on whether these would be compatible with some old Silvretta 400s?
We do not recommend that you use this boot with a Silveretta Binding or anything that has a heel attchement that stays on the boot while walking . Reason being that these boots have bellows and when the boots flex in walk mode they could potentially release. Dynafit and G3 bindings do not have a fixed heel when walking.
These Mondo charts are supposed to be simple and standard...Scarpa shows Mondo 26.5 as US Men 10.5...Others show Mondo 26.5 as US Men 8.5.
What is the right Mondo size for this boot for a US men 8.5 size foot?
For a US Men's 8.5 you'll want to buy a Mondo 25.5 I think you may have confused a Mondo 26.5 with a Women's 10.5
The F1's are a great boot for splitboarding. I removed the tongue on the back boot to soften them up. The bellows makes for smooth and comfortable uphill riding and even offers a bit of flex on the way down, which is a benefit to me as a snowboarder. I use Dynafit toe pieces for the up and have been using both Voile Mountain Plates and Burton Race Plates for the riding. The board I am rocking is a Rome Split Proto that is super light and fun.
I love the fact that I can DRIVE MY CAR safely in these boots! It is so nice to get to the trailhead and GO without having to change into boots. I am so stoked to find this boot and get back into hard boot splitboarding. I was over the challenges of splitting with a soft boot setup. Even though the Spark Fuse Soft Splitboard Binding is great it doesn't help much with traversing firm sidehills.
These boots are difficult to get in, to have my heel drop into the pocket, but I imagine this will get easier with time.
I have a fairly wide foot and once I baked the liners I had the room needed for comfort and warmth around the bellows. The cord holding the rubber ball to open and close the tour/ski latch broke the first time I used it. I drilled out the cord and threaded a simple cord through that is holding nicely for the time being.
I also used these boots hiking Glory Bowl on Teton Pass after doing a tour up West Mail Cabin on the West side of the pass. It is a pleasure to have a firm toe to use on the firm and snowy steps heading up to the top of Glory.
Bottom line: I think you will be seeing many more snowboarders using hard boots for splitboarding and backcountry riding in general and the F1's are the best I have found!
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-- Extremely light.
-- Bellows help a bit for skinning and general tromping around.
-- Stiff enough for skiing on a wide range of conditions, albeit with a skilled skier on reasonably light skis.
-- The need for a bellows shim complicates the use of ski crampons. It can be done, but you need to put more thought into what kind of shim system you're going to use.
-- For me, personally, the lack of a forefoot buckle combined with my low-volume foot means that I can't get a very tight fit.
-- Although the combo walk/ski switch and upper cuff buckle is kind of neat-o, and saves oh-so-valuable seconds in rando races, if it breaks on a multi-day expedition, ya got problems...
What I've therefore done with my pair is totally strip them down to make them pretty much the equivalent of this pair:
As such, the skiing performance is way worse, but with rando race skis, they're good enough. (Pic is skiing August untracked powder on Rainier's Paradise Glacier.)
Where can I buy liners to Scarpa F1 boots (I've lost mine)?
Try the Intuition liners. They are the best after market liner available. I have replaced my Scarpa liner because of the improved fit and comfort I get from Intuition liners.
Many boots have 4 buckles. Are there any advantages being omitted with just two buckes?
Yes, with fewer buckles you get less power and control from the boot. If you are into serious touring and need to save weight, these would be a good fit, but if you aren't going on multi-day tours you might be better off getting a 3/4 buckle boot for the increased downhill performance.
I use the F1 for serious tours and rando races. Very light, comfortable, etc. I sometimes have a hard time getting the boot to lock into downhill mode. I'm hoping that once I break them in a bit more, it will become less difficult. I also had the tongue pop out of the holder, but found it pretty easy to get back in place. I prefer the Scarpa Spirit 4 for day to day skiing when I'm less weight conscious, but overall the F1 is a great boot!
My experience with F1s is limited to 6 long day trips in the Sierras including varied snow, booting with crampons, and rock scrambling. The fit: liners are better than other brands I've used. No blisters, which is surprising considering how little control there is to tighten the liners in climbing mode. Liners are toasty. Performance: F1s really shine on the uphill. Their skinning efficiency is amazing! Bellows rock for skinning! Scrambling was a bit awkward because of the stiff tongue, and takes getting used to. Not sure if the bellows add advantage there. Some crampons won't fit because of the protruding part on the back (the light camp fits!). Skiing is basically as described by most people.
I recently went to a F1, Dynafit Vert ST, K2 Sahale/Rally set up for light/fast touring and fitness laps at the resort (lots of vert, well at least for me...). The F1's are exactly what I was looking for: lightweight, comfortable, awesome on the uphills, and perform decent coming down. I have a fairly wide forefoot, med high arch and a narrow heel. They fit me really well. I've skiied them on hardpack, soft groomers, spring slush and powder, and they surprised me how well they work in all conditions, although I feel you have to be more deliberate in your skiing, that is, they take some effort to perform well. But the trade off between being superlight and comfy on the uphills is well worth a little performance loss on the way down in my opinion.
I've skied Alpine for 40 years and this is my first backcountry boot. It worked really well, both up and downhill. I got them fitted at Footloose in Mammoth Lakes and they did a great job. As others have noted, you have to stay on top of your ski, but in my opinion, that's the best way to ski anyway. I'm a big guy ~250 and was concerned these wouldn't be enough boot, but they were fine on intermediate resort and backcountry runs. I'm confident enough to try steeper runs in them.
This pair is for my wife, I've had a few pairs of the F1 Ski Boot- they keep getting better. An excellent touring boot, very comfortable, pretty light weight and easy to transition from Ski to walk and vice versa. The bellows makes climbing easier- the steeper the climb gets the more it helps. The bellows and open tongue allow for a long stride with out the chaffing of most boots.
Coming from a light Telemark background
I find this is all the boot I need in the backcountry. Paired with Trab freerandos it is a match made in heaven. Learning to operate the latch mechanism efficiently takes some practice and I do worry about durability, but have used it for 2 years without any problems. Just have not found a need for any beefier boot for most the backcountry skiing I do.
Also have a F3, but find I spend most all my time in F1's
Okay, I love the F1's...don't get me wrong. For all-day touring (I don't rando race, or anything), paired with a light, soft-ish ski like the old Voile Carbon Surf's, these boots simply cannot be beat. The vertical feet just rack up, since these boots are extremely light. Just be warned: you will likely have to completely change the way you ski, since these boots offer little fore-aft support on the downhill. Not only will you have to be more balanced fore-aft, but left-right as well. You have to be much more "centered" on your skis. It took me a couple days in the BC to get used to it. Once you get the technique down, these boots are a real joy to use. I haven't tried pushing big, heavy skis, but I can't imagine it'd be very easy.