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Scarpa Freedom SL Alpine Touring Boot

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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
    • Item #SCR0267

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    Pebax Rnew
    Flex
    120
    Last Width
    101 mm
    Buckles
    4
    Lean Angle
    10 - 18
    Walk Mode
    yes, Ride Power Block
    Liner
    Intuition FR Speed
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    yes
    Binding Compatibility
    TLT (tech), AT, alpine (sold separately)
    Sole
    Vibram Mountain Plus (AT/TLT), Vibram Mountain Piste (sold separately)
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 27] 3 lb 15 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine touring, freeride
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year limited

    Tech Specs

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    Bought these for my husband for Christma

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

    I bought these boots for my husband for Christmas this year. He has only used them three times, but is really enjoying them - they are aggressive and high performance. After years of exclusively tele skiing these have been a good transition to alpine for him. His only complaint is that they are a little tight around the calf / shin on him. He is 6'2", 200 lbs.

    Great Boots!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Took these boots on a 7000 vertical foot Alpine Tour. Skinning and Downhill were great. The entire trip was 7 hours long and my feet were happy the whole time. Very comfortable and great performance. From very steep to long flats.. performed perfectly.

    Fit vs. Scarpa Maestrale

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

    I picked up a new pair of AT boots this spring and had my choice narrowed down to these vs. the Scarpa Maestrale RS. I ended up going with the Maestrale since they were a much better fit for my feet. In general, I would say that the width across the toe box felt pretty similar between the two styles, but the Maestrales have a lower volume fit across the instep and back to the ankle than these boots do. I also had much better heel hold in the Maestrales than I did in these boots. It seems like the Freedom would be a good option if you've got high arches or otherwise need a little more volume across the middle of your foot.

    Additionally, I was looking more for an AT boot than a crossover boot, so the Maestrale has a couple wins over the Freedom on this front (Maestrale has greater range of motion and is a bit lighter than the Freedom). Additionally, the sole on the Maestrale has more rocker so makes for a little easier walking than the Freedoms. If you're looking to have more of an AT/alpine crossover type of boot, the Freedom is a great choice since you can swap between AT and alpine (DIN compatible) sole blocks. Additionally, the Freedoms have a higher cuff so they will give you a little more lateral control than the Maestrales.

    Just from trying them on, the Freedoms seem to be built very well and would be a great AT/alpine crossover boot, but at the end of the day I needed a lower volume fit and wanted a more of a dedicated AT boot, so the Maestrales won this round.

    Perfect for Wasatch Tours

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    For reference, other boots I have toured in include the Garmont Endorphin, Black Diamond Quadrant, Salomon Quest 12, Salomon MTN LAB, Salomon Quest Max BC 120, and the Atomic Backland Carbon. From those, the Black Diamond Quadrant have been my favorite - true workhorses that lasted me for years. But I have spent the entire winter in the Scarpa Freedom SL, taking them everywhere from British Columbia, Idaho and right here in Utah. After a full season, I would say the Freedom SL are my new favorite.

    ON THE UP: Paired with Dynafit Radical FT bindings, I was pleased at how smooth the boots felt on the up, which I assume is thanks to the Power Block which allows for frictionless movement between the upper and lower shells. The smaller ROM range is somewhat noticeable when the skintrack gets really steep, but mostly I found I never wanted for more as long as the upper cuff was totally unbuckled. Overall, these boots tour admirably, though the low ROM and heavier weight makes them less than ideal for very long tours. But here in the Wasatch where we have short approaches, they are perfect.

    ON THE DOWN: These boots perform as well as any alpine-style boot I have worn. Lateral responsiveness? Check. Ample forward flex? Check. Stability? Check. But most importantly for me, is the cuff height. Many touring boots have a low cuff, which makes driving powder skis very difficult, if not downright exhausting. But the Freedom SL has a cuff height like an alpine boot, plus the liner tongue is nice and beefy, giving the whole setup a true downhill feel. I love these boots so much, that they've also been my go-to for skiing at Alta.

    FIT: I found the 101mm last to be a bit wide so my foot has a bit of lateral movement when turning (98mm lasts are the ticket for my feet.) But I also have a very high instep, and these boots are among the few that do not feel like they are crushing down on the top of my foot. Out of the box, my toes felt cramped, but a liner-cooking session at Wasatch Touring made them fit perfect and I have had no problems with fit ever since.

    FEATURES: The buckles, big power strap, and lugged soles are top notch and it is clear that the design team at Scarpa thought long and hard about the small details. I especially like the rubber barrier that goes under the overlap of the lower part of the boot. It keeps snow away from your toes when the boot is unbuckled while touring. Also, the Power Block walk/ski mode is a stout system of two metal pieces locking together on the outside of the boot. It is easy to switch with gloved hands and I never had an accidental mode switch while skiing. As for the liner, well, you cannot go wrong with Intuition. The tongue has a plastic panel for added stiffness, tongue and calf both have handles for easy in/out, and they are heat moldable for ultimate fit. Plus they are really warm.

    DURABILITY: Questionable. The overlap flap on the lower boot cracked in half for no apparent reason. One day I was skiing at Alta, and after about 3 runs, bent over to unbuckle the boot. To my horror I noticed this massive crack that goes from the edge of the flap to underneath the buckle catch. This. Should. Not. Happen. As a result, the forefoot of the boot is much less responsive when skiing, and the rubber dam that keeps snow out from getting between the flaps is less effective. Hopefully Scarpa will warranty this when ski season is over.

    Overall, I think the Scarpa Freedom SL is absolutely the happy medium of AT boots. With an adequate touring mode and totally bomber downhill performance both in-bounds and out, these boots are basically a quiver killer that can do it all... as long as their construction lasts.

    Perfect for Wasatch Tours

    Thanks for the info, how did that warranty go? I am very interested in this boot. I tried the Scott Celeste Boot as a cross over AT and resort boot but they aren't very durable. The plastic is very soft and the buckles have snapped. The Freedom SL seems to have the firm flex and higher cuff that i'm going for. Would love to know how your experience was with warranty!

    AT Tranny

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Been using Scarpa T2's for free heeling for years. Time for new gear, and thought I'd take a walk on the wild side. All pluses except, perhaps for the amount of dinero. That said, what's the cost of comfort. Only four stars because there most be something better, but I wouldn't know what it is.

    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.



    First AT boot.

    • 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.

    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.



    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!

    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

    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.

    Has anyone actually put one of these boots on a scale? Backcountry and Scarpa have different weights listed:
    [single, size 27] 3 lb 15 oz vs. 4lbs 3.5 oz (1/2 pair size 27).

    Hi,
    Is the Vibram Mountain Plus compatible with Marker Jester and Marker MX or I should change the sole to Mountain Piste?
    Thanks

    Hi,
    I wear size US 7.5 / Euro 40 street shoes.
    What size would you recommend for the Scrapa Freedom SL?
    Thanks,
    Jo

    Hello,

    Is this boot compatible with the Marker Barons?

    Hey Mark/Ben,



    I was bummed to learn the hard way that out of the box these do *NOT* work with the barons. You need to get the replacement alpine sole for $40 to make these baron compatible. I bought these boots at Start Haus in Truckee, CA and the boot fitters all said it would be Baron compatible. Unfortunately when the folks doing the binding testing took a look they said there was no way. The baron heel piece will not close down properly on the tech compatible sole. Everything is gravy if you pay the additional $40 and pick up the alpine sole.

    I was just wondering if there was a size difference in the shell of the 26,5 vs the 27

    I'm looking at picking these guys up as a first pair of boots to break out of the rental thing. I'm about to graduate from a college in the south, but I'm an intermediate skier (A-Basin blacks) with a respectable amount of class 3+ mountaineering experience from spending the last few summers in central Colorado who plans on getting Avy1 certified in the next year and getting into backcountry skiing. When I move up for good I'll be skiing a lot so I'll (hopefully) improve, but my question is: is 130 too stiff of a flex for someone in my situation? I'm 5'8" and 145-160 labs. I love everything I've seen and read about this boot but I don't understand flex ratings enough to confidently determine that I'm not going to make a mistake and buy boots that are too stiff and ruin my skiing or impair my ability to improve. I asked the same thing on the page for the BD Factors but these are priced similarly and seem to be higher rated.

    Hey Fisher,



    I think a 130 flex boot might not be the best choice for your needs. 130 is the stiffest and most aggressive flex out there and meant for super aggressive skiers. Something in the 100-120 range would be better and more forgiving as you delve into the world of backcountry skiing. Check out the Scarpa Maestrale line-up (RS, 1.0, and GT) and the Freedom Alpine. Feel free to shoot me any additional questions on AT boots directly and I would be glad to help you break down the differences.

    I will be using these with my marker dukes using the touring sole. If I ski the resort more than the backcountry, are there any advantages/disadvantages as far as power transfer or anything else? Should I get the piste soles for resort skiing for any reason with regards to performance?

    Will they work out of the box with Rossi FKS 180 bindings or do I have to swap the sole?

    Do these boots work with the Marker F12 binding or do you also need to purchase additional toe pieces.

    What size do you recommend if I wear a 10.5 with most shoes? I'm 175lbs, 6ft.
    Should I also get liner molded from a boot fitter?

    Best Answer

    Hey dmb,



    I'd get a 28.5 for a comfortable fit and a 28 for a tighter performance fit. I'd recommend taking the boots to a shop to get them molded.



    Let me know if you have any other questions or if there's anything else I can help you with!



    Ben

    brabinowitz@backcountry.com

    801-746-7564

    Is there any difference between the 2015/2016 freedom sl and the 2014 version?

    Best Answer

    So the Freedom SL is staying pretty much the same, small change with liner but, still full on Intuition. Thankfully Scarpa realizes that Intuition is the way to go, ups the value of the boot by $200 retail, yet you dont see a huge price difference among the competitors.



    They have a new Freedom coming out next year, the RS. Stiffer and only loses 2 degrees of ROM versus the SL.

    Unanswered Question

    Hi!



    Can anyone give me information if bellow model year was improved compare to 2013/2014 model?



    Any improvements on 2014/2015 and coming 2016 model?



    I know that Freedom Rs is coming but i am not interested in it.





    Thanks

    Are these compatible with the TYROLIA ATTACK 13 bindings? or do I need the vibram piste mountain sole? And if it were a size 27 boot would I need a large or small sole? Thanks.

    Can Scarpa AT boots be canted for internal rotation?

    Scarpa says - "Axial Power Control" helps to improve the inclination of the ankle-knee joints, for more precise edge grip. The inclination of 2? medial axis allows for more sensitive and responsive skiing, especially on the steep slopes.



    Bottom line, looks like they are not adjustable from that 2degree standard. But the soles are removable so you could possibly have these canted with beveled shims by a boot fitter.

    Are they compatible with alpine bindings or just AT? Also, will the rossignol FKS 140 2014 ski bindings be compatible with these?

    Hey Drake W.,



    In order to fit into regular alpine bindings (such as the FKS 140), you would need to purchase the Vibram Mountain Piste soles and swap them out. Once you have the Vibram Mountain Piste soles on, they will work in alpine bindings without any issue.



    Ben



    1-800-409-4502 ext. 4767

    brabinowitz@backcountry.com

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.