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True liberation, mountain-style.


The Scarpa Freedom SL Alpine Touring Boot is King of the Mountain in the Scarpa freeride line. It's the burliest, with a 120 flex index, but almost a pound lighter than the standard Freedom. The SL also uses a lighter Intuition liner and more aggressive sole. Compared to Scarpa's touring boots, the Freedom SL is more versatile (added alpine capability) and it's stiffer and more powerful, but it does weigh more than the cream-of-the-crop AT. It has a Ride Power Block that delivers frictionless motion for efficient climbing and locks in back support for superpower transmission on the downhill. For skiers who need a boot that can charge off the lift in alpine bindings or slip efficiently into the backcountry with Tech (TLT) bindings, the Freedom SL has few equals. And then there's the fit.

The Pbax Rnew shell overlaps for gap-less fit. Its Carbon Core technology wraps it around a bomber carbon frame for lightweight and allover stiffness for precision control. The Intuition FR Speed liner boot is molded with the shell for a seamless fit and optimally powerful performance, key in making the distinction between a competent alpine/AT boot and one that kills it. The 101-millimeter anatomic last features Axial Power Control for lateral stiffness and sensitivity.

The interchangeable Vibram sole gives you lugged tenacity when hiking over scree or down-climbing into a rocky chute. You'll feel the advantage in an instant and respond with a peaceful mind. After all, you don't want to charge down a finger chute with already-frayed nerves. This is called Freedom.

  • Injection-molded Pebax Rnew shell
  • Overlap closure
  • Patented Carbon Core technology
  • Low-profile Advanced Injection Technology
  • Stiff 120 flex
  • Pre-molded Intuition FR Speed liner boot
  • Anatomic 101-millimeter last
  • Axial Power Control technology
  • Patented Ride Power Block walk/ski mode
  • Power strap and four micro-adjustable buckles
  • Interchangeable Vibram Mountain Plus Tech sole blocks

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Unanswered Question

After a bad experience with soft AT boots in the past, I switched to the Salomon Quest 120, an alpine boot with a minimal walk mode. I am 5ft 11in, 170 lbs and tour primarily for fitness now. I tend to ski all conditions like I'm banging gates, so appreciate a stiff boot and have been very happy with Quest 120 for resort, backcountry and general touring uses (despite its weight). That said, I am intrigued by the improvements in alpine inspired AT boots, including the Scarpa Freedom, and would love to have a light weight, warm, easy walking AT boot as my AT and alpine go to. Can anyone comment on the stiffness of the Freedom compared to a 120 rated Salomon (in my experience Salomon boots are stiffer than others that carry the same rating)? I would consider upgrading to an Intuition Power Wrap in a Freedom if that would result in a stiffness comparable to my Salomons.

Maestrale RS or Freedom SL?

For my foot shape, Scarpas fit best. Plan to use with BD converts and Kingpins. I put equal importance on weight up and performance down. Initially favored Maestrale, but wondering if it's enough for my size, 6'3", 190#. Lifetime downhill skier, usually take it a little easier when touring. Thanks, Chris

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I am not an expert here, but I believe the only reason to get the SL is that you want the option of using alpine bindings. If you plan to use tech bindings, then I believe you want the Maestrale RS, they are a bit lighter.

Unanswered Question

Long time telemark skier that has come back to the dark side. I really loved my Scarpa T1s, so am very intrigued by this boot. My question is, can you stiffen this boot up to a 130 flex? or what would be a better recommendation for a 130 flex touring boot?

Im currently in a non-touring Dalbello that is a 120 flex and am constantly skiing through the boot (folding the boot forward). I have looked at the Lange XT 130 but have heard varying reviews of the tour capability.

5 5

The AT boot that can do it all

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked these up after my local shop recommended as a good versatile boot that I could use in the backcountry as well as in the resort. So far this boot has been amazing. Compared to my dynafit boots, I have a lot more control due to the higher cuff and stiffer construction, while not weighing significantly more. The system to switch from riding to walk mode is very easy to use. The walk mode allows you to move really far forward or backwards which makes it a joy to tour with. Once you have it in ski mode though, the boot becomes really stiff(good work Scarpa). Another great feature is the rubber dam on the top of the foot that keeps the gap in the shell sealed so your feet don't get soaking wet on powder days. The boot is a touring boot, so you are not going to have the stiffness of an alpine boot, but compared to other AT boots this is game changing. One downside to this boot is that the rubber dam seems to create a pressure point on top of my foot and putting the liner in the shell can be really awkward and easy to create weird folds that can make the boot uncomfortable. These are all things I have found with other touring boots, however, so don't let that detract you from purchasing.

TLDR; I would highly recommend as a great all around boot that you can use in the back country or use for the resort days.

4 5

Light as a feather.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Pros- These boots are ridiculously light. Super light!

Cons- They aren't the stiffest boot.
The stock bed liner is low quality and pretty crappy.
But once taken to a boot fitter you literally will not want to take them off your feet.

We found they run true to size with a thing Merino wool sock as well.

4 5

First AT boot.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Pros.

Comfy, warm, easy to get on and off. walk mode is easy enough to engage, and they walk like snowboard boots. Very light weight for a hybrid boot.

Cons:

Creeks like mad, flex is soft compared to an my Lange Freeride 120...ugly lower shell. Sorry not a fan of the graphics.

Can anyone give me toe height when Mountain Tech sole is used with this boot? I wonder if STH2 bindings toe fits into this boot. Thanks!

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The Mountain Piste (alpine) sole will definitely work.
The Mountain Plus (AT) sole is not technically compatible. The STH is only technically compatible with Alpine (ISO 5355) and WTR (Salomon/Atomic's AT style certification) soles. That MIGHT appear to "fit", but it is not recommended as they are not technically compatible. I would definitely recommend getting the Mountain Piste Soles (item SCR0271 on our site) if you plan to use this boot with that binding.

5 5

Beautiful, brilliant boot

Liner fit, function and stiffness are outstanding

Unanswered Question

What is the sole plate lengths of Freedom SL sizes 29.0 and 29.5?

Unanswered Question

I have a pair of Scarpa Terminator X tele boots in a 26.5. Is the sizing about the same for the Freedom SL?

Unanswered Question

Has anyone had any issues with the Piste soles on these boots? Curious if there are any issues having a higher DIN setting with the Piste soles?

I saw below Chris Davenport states there's no flex with these boots/piste soles in alpine bindings... but can they be used for aggressive skiing/charging?

How does the fit of the Freedom SL compare to the Maestrale in terms of width and volume? I have the Maestrale as my touring boot and love the fit, so I wanted to check if the Freedom SL is similar.

Best Answer Responded on

The Freedom will have a similar fit width wise as they are the same last. The difference is in the length. A Maestrale RS 27.5/28 Shell has a BSL of 314mm, the Freedom is 317mm. So if you feel like your Maestrale is slightly too big drop down a shell size.

I've been skiing in a pair of the original Maestrales for the past few seasons and love them, but I'm looking to upgrade to a stiffer boot for the downhill now. These look like the next step. Unfortunately no shops around me carry them. My Maestrales are 28.0 and fit pretty perfectly. How do these compare? I'm a size 10 street shoe

Responded on

These are going to fit slightly larger length wise. A Maestrale RS 27.5/28 Shell has a BSL of 314mm, the Freedom is 317mm.

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I own a Maestrale RS and tried on the Freedom today, and they fit similarly, so I think it's wise to stay with the same shell size as the Maestrale.

The BSL may be 3 mm larger, but the BSL can depend on other things besides the internal length, like what kind of sole you have, if the soles are removable, etc. It's the internal length that matters. I'd say they're similar between the 2.

Are the vibram mountain plus soles compatible with Marker Barons?

Best Answer Responded on

Yeah! Those Vibram Mountain Soles will work with any AT or TLT binding.
Hit me up if you have any other questions! Lfeasler@backcountry.com

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What is involved in switching the soles? ie. interchanging from alpine bindings to tech bindings.

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Basically there are just screws on the sole holding that in place. Super easy to switch them out. Then assuming your bindings are set to the boot with the appropriate sole, you are all set!

I tried on the 28.5 and it was a little to tight (almost uncomfortable) around the middle section of the boot before liner work. I also tried on the 29.5 and it felt much better, but it felt like I had a little extra room in the toe box than I needed. I'm thinking of going with a 29.0 to see if that will fix both issues. Would the 29.0 be a big change from the 28.5?

Responded on

Hey Alex,
Scarpa sizes their boots differently from other manufacturers - to keep it simple, a Scarpa 28.5 shares the same shell size as a 29.0. The liner will be slightly roomier in the 29.0, but the shell is exactly the same.
If the problem is on the side of your foot like at the base of your big or little toe, it is super easy for a boot fitter to punch out some space there... Or you could look at a boot with a slightly wider last. If the problem is around the top of your foot, you might want to look into a boot with a higher instep, because that problem would not be an easy fix for a boot fitter. Going bigger is just going to give you more length - if you feel like you have too much room in the toe box, you'll be feeling that EVEN more on the hill. Too big = less control.
Hit me up if you have any more questions or are looking for any other recommendations!
LFeasler@backcountry.com

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5 5

2014 Scarpa Freedom SL

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Scarpa Freedom SL Boot Review 2014

Check out my Scarpa Freedom SL edit on Vimeo by John Wells.
https://vimeo.com/93227062

Nice ergo feel on buckles, easy to pop on and off. Nice and snug fit, good low volume wedge. Super stiff at the right times, but also a great walking and moving boot. With 27 degrees of forward lean it is a superior traveling boot and just over 3 lbs. per boot your liner and foot bed make up most of the weight. Light, very light, and fast. Combined with a tech binding or a Duke this boot handles it all with appropriate flexion and amazing details built around a world class shell. The low arch and the tech or alpine removable heels. I found myself this year swapping and switching the soles to better assault my ski missions and quiver. It really added a whole new level to all avenues of my skiing. The intuition liner is nice and simple. A good low weight, thinner liner that I experienced to be more proficient for longer tours and big climbs, the exchange for weight is a tad bit colder for me at least. Also by using the Intuition Alpine Liner w/Power Wrap it gives the Freedom SL a little stiffer ummf when skiing in-bounds or having to mash through the chop to get to your powder destination. Graphics are cool, bright and flashy but not annoying. The best features of the boot are: It is a little bit of a longer boot so the shin height is a nice height to lean into and lever a fat ski. Tour mode. The angle is aggressive but not overly, nice movement and flex, incredible all around system the buckles, pop and lock nicely and with authority. It has a "great fit" feels like bedroom slippers for slaying pow. Great options and removable soles are incredible. Alpine for Duke / Tech for G3 ION or Dynafit.

It is the jack of all Trades. PERIOD.