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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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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.

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.

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Looks so creamy!
Thanks for sharing John!

5 5

A well designed, do-it-all AT boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After getting back into skiing after a 14 year hiatus/love affair with snowboarding, I picked up these boots. Boot fitting is very subjective but for me with thin narrow feet, these fit perfectly prior to heat molding.

The Good: light weight, vibram soles, exchangeable soles, intuition liner (hello?!), fit, rigidity, walk/tour mode, and warm. Unbuckle these during touring and they feel like supportive slippers! Ski mode- great all mountain feel; capable of SL, GS, hop turns etc. Haven't been cold in -10 F and never have had clammy swamp feet after 30 non-stop runs, and I run hot.

The Bad: a little movement in the upper section of the boot in ski mode, creaky tour/walk mode. Toe buckle is almost useless.

Overall: One of the best AT/tech boots I have tried on and used. Walk mode seemed better and more silent in some Black Diamond AT boots, but fit was better in the Freedom SL. The bang for the buck is the included custom intuition liner. If I had to buy intuition's for another similar boot, it would have ended up costing more than just going with the Freedom SL. I feel like this is a great hybrid touring/all mountain/race boot that is great to ski, hike, and tour in. They're so comfortable that I don't get that "ahhhh" feeling when taking them off!

5 5

All in one - by Mike Leake

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the most versatile boot to hit the Freeride/Touring genre to date. It is stiff enough to handle the big lines, but light enough to not hold you back on the hikes and tours. The walk mode provides a great range of motion and because the boots natural position is ski mode, you do not have to worry about that untimely shift to walk mode while skiing. I just finished a 20+ mile traverse through the Talkeenta Mountains in AK (Bomber Traverse) in this boot and it nailed it! With over 10,000 feet of ascending and descending on the trip and major temperature swings, the boot handled it all with ease.

All in one - by Mike Leake
5 5

The Only Boot You'll Ever Need

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this boot all season both at the resort and in the backcountry and have never put on a boot so versatile and comfortable. I've used it with both my Salomon Rocker2 115s/Dynafit Radical setup as well as my Volkl Mantras/Marker Dukes setup and it's great with both.

The walk mode is easy to use, the intuition liners are a huge addition (and warm), but the real highlight is how responsive they are in all conditions. I grew up racing so I require a solid boot that doesn't push through when I hammer a turn and these deliver the goods. From touring in the Presidentials to backcountry and resort days in Little Cottonwood Canyon/Alta, the Freedom SLs have continued to impress me.

If you're a strong skier looking for a boot that can go into the backcountry and hold up to the resort (with the DIN soles) this is the boot for you. I can't recommend it enough.

How does the freedom sl compare in flex...

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How does the freedom sl compare in flex to the maestral rs. They are both rated a 120 flex?

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These are very different boots even though they are rated the same flex. Think of the Freedom SL as an Alpine boot that tours and think of the Maestrale RS as a touring boot that is really stiff.

I purchased a 27.0 in this boot but it's...

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I purchased a 27.0 in this boot but it's a tad bit tight before liner work. Do I up to a 27.5? Are 27.5 and 28 the same size? I'm confused because in a earlier question it seemed half sizes are the same as full sizes...right?? If I went from a 27 to 28 is that to big a change?

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The 27.5 will be the next shell size up, so yes a 27.5 and 28 shell are the same. It sounds like the 27 is the right shell but the best way to tell is to do a proper shell fit.

Are the 26.5 and 27.0 truly the same boot,...

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Are the 26.5 and 27.0 truly the same boot, or does the 26.5 have a different liner? I ordered the 26.5, but if there is a 27.0 that would be ideal. Are you guys going to stock whole sizes in this boot?

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26.5 and 27 are the same shell. The difference is in the preformed liners. The "27" is premolded to a slightly larger foot although it is essentially the same liner as the 26.5. We won't have whole sizes since they are really just 1 boot at the half sizes and the difference is in the molding of the liner.

Thoughts on how this boot compares to the...

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Thoughts on how this boot compares to the Cochise 130 and Pro Light? Fit? Flex? Walk mode range? Unique characteristics?

Picking up new boots next month, and the Cochise is the only AT boot I've been in so looking to compare the Freedom to familiar ground.

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Fit is definitely different between all of the boots you list. I tried on all three and the Scarpa Freedom SL is the only boot that fit my foot without requiring boot work.
FYI, I have used Dalbello Virus and Garmont Mega Ride boots in the past (all with just molding the liners and no other boot work)

5 5

The most versatile boot on the market

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hi Everyone,
Disclaimer first- I was closely involved in the design and testing of the Freedom boot series. My main goals with this boot were to have incredible fit with a low-volume shell, light weight, and high performance both in ski mode and in walk mode. We have achieved all of these in spades and I couldn't be happier with the final product. This boot was the talk of the Outdoor Retailer and SIA shows and is living up to the hype.

The Pebax shell feels like a smooth and even-flexing race boot. It barely changes it's feel when the temperatures fluctuate. The custom Intuition liner is super comfy and very warm, and that's coming from someone who has had cold toes for 30 years. In walk mode the ankle flexion is remarkable, and it's super-easy to switch from one mode to the other unlike many internal mechanisms on other brands.

This boot is equally at home charging in-bounds terrain as it is on a nice backcountry tour or 3000' bootpack. I have spent over 120 days in both the Pebax Freedom SL and the P/U Freedom and can honestly say it's the most comfortable boot line I've ever been in.

And finally, the fact that you can easily switch the soles to accomodate your aalpine bindings or tech-type bindings is a bonus. And there is NO flex in the connection of the sole to the shell. It's solid!
Be Safe and Ride On!
Chris Davenport

The most versatile boot on the market
5 5

First Impressions

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

Are these boots actually rated as 120 or...

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Are these boots actually rated as 120 or 130 flex? I was under the impression that they were going to be 130s.

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These are rated as 120 flex.

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Yes, we call it a 120 but we all know that it's JUST a number. It skis better than many 130's that I've tried.

Do these come with alpine soles too or...

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Do these come with alpine soles too or just "Vibram Mountain Plus Tech sole blocks". If not how do you go about getting alpine soles?

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They ship with the touring soles (Vibram lugged/Tech Fittings) and the alpine blocs are an after market upgrade.

Backountry Magazine Editors Choice 2014

Backountry Magazine Editors Choice 2014

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