Ladies, start your engines.
Ski boot design is pretty much played out. Everything that can be done has been done, so you might as well hang on to your eight-year-old AT boots, grit your teeth, and keep skinning, right? Right? Nope. The Scarpa Women's F1 Alpine Touring Boot, while it's still recognizably a ski boot, is changing the game, and you might want to take a closer look. How? Well, the F1 manual ski-walk mechanism, for starters, gives you a staggering 62 degrees of cuff rotation for super-speedy transitions and buttery-smooth skinning. A smooth-flexing Pebax tongue and stiffer HPA cuff and shell cinch around your foot with the same BOA ratchet-closure system found in the ultralight Alien, giving you a smooth, pinch-free fit without the need for heavy buckles.
The women-specific cuff closes via a FBC (fast buckle closure) powerstrap, letting you get every ounce of power out of the 95 flex, and a Carbon Core insert and HPA cuff structure make the F1 ski more like the burlier Maestrale while keeping the weight in Alien territory. There are two forward lean settings, too, so you can fine-tune the F1 to your stance, and the women-specific Intuition liner (which has a skinning-ready flex zone over the Achilles) and roomy 102mm last serve up a tasty blend of performance and all-day comfort. The toe and heel welts were designed with crampons in mind, so you'll be ready to rumble when you hit some blue ice. To top it all off, there's aVibram UFO EVO sole for serious traction on rocks and hard snow, and an extra removable power strap over the liner,just in case.
- Blazes up the skintrack and rips the descent
- Formidable 95 flex rating in a feathery package
- Roomy 102mm last provides unparalleled comfort
- Vibram UFO Evo soles and crampon compatible welts
- F1 lever provides a staggering 62 degrees of motion
- Boa closure for custom fit and power strap buckle
- Q & A
Initial Fit Impressions
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I tried these on along with the Scarpa Gea RS, Scarpa Freedom SL, and the Technica Zero G Guide Pro.
I am trying to fit a med-wide foot, low arch, and HUGE calves, and looking for a boot that can handle my weight, and skier type, plus the weight of my camera gear/heavy pack driving the boot.
I was impressed with the width, especially the 1mm difference between this and the Gea RS, it made a really noticeable difference.
I love the simplicity of the Boa, and how smooth it is to tighten vs traditional buckles. I do worry about longevity, but time will tell, and the comfort is enough that I might be willing to find out.
The combo power strap buckle is interesting, and easy enough to manage, though I'd say that is a place where I might prefer a more traditional buckle that I can always leave at the correct setting. But again, time will tell. It might grow on me. I do worry about the velcro wearing out before the boots.
On the other hand, I do love how light they are, this would be a major improvement over my current touring boots.
The liner is not overly cushy, but it still fit smooth throughout straight out of the box, including the top of my calf, no major pinching.
The one drawback is the flex being lower, but otherwise these F1's have the best combination of lightweight, range of motion in walk mode, and comfort for my feet and calf issues.
Awesome ski mountaineering
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Let's start with what they won't do; drive big planks at mach 10 speeds. Ok, with that out of the way, I've used these for skiing fluffy snow on 100mm skis and primarily as ski-mountaineering boot. They rule. I love these boots on technical routes as they fit crampons well (the nose works on both my Grivel Gs monopoints and Camp Nanotechs). They're nearly as light as mountaineering boots, so I have no regrets on the way up, and tons of satisfaction on the ski down.
Fit: I have a wide forefoot and narrow heel. I was able to achieve comfort without punching but by aggressively molding the liners. (I've fit the Geas wel in the past and sized them the same, I was unable to get the TLT to accommodate my foot). I find them plenty warm for spring conditions and early winter conditions . I got super sweaty in the Geas in warm conditions, so I consider the liner to be very versatile for warm spring mountaineering and hikes below snowline in the early summer. They don't appear to be the most durable boot (in line with the TLT6), however, with fit and performance I can't complain.
Super light + easy to transition
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are pretty stellar, they are incredibly light and intuitive to use. You can definitely notice that they have 62 degrees of motion in walk mode, I almost feel like I could hang out and walk around in these all day even after going for a tour. The boa lace up and velcro strap paired with the walk mode lever make it incredibly quick to transition from walk to ski mode. These boots definitely cater to the uphill travel , the 95 flex seems stiff.... for being 95 flex, however they obviously don't ski like your burly downhill boots. I would say it's worth it to sacrifice a little stiffness for the overall package and ease of walking uphill.
I have diamir eagle 12 bindings, are those going to work with these boots?
Is the heel compatible with the marker Kingpin binding?
Hi Clayton, This heel is compatible with the Marker Kingpin binding. Please feel free to reach out to me with any other questions you may have. - Matthew Pizza