Scarpa Freedom SL Initial Thoughts.

I've got the Freedoms on my feet in this one honest! courtesy Alasdair Fulton

I’ve got the Freedoms on my feet in this one honest! courtesy Alasdair Fulton

I might have done it here… I might have found one boot to do everything I need…. maybe. Without a doubt I could do with some lighter touring boots for climbing/training purposes but for what I mostly do in Chamonix in the winter these babies are, from what I can tell, perfect.  I can remember quite a few days last winter heading out in my Dynafit Titans to find that I needed a downhill boot or vice versa. I hoped and prayed that this, the newest, top-end boot from Scarpa might be able to cut charging the resort and touring in the mountains, thus reducing my boot quiver by half to one.  So far so good everyone! For me (150lbs) they are plenty stiff enough for fast charging, drops and bumps.  I didn’t need to mold the liners and they are still really comfortable and I have plenty of space for my toes.  Which is good for me but, yeah, we all have different feet so it might not be the same for you.  They felt good in the shop and they still feel good now a month down the line, I might need a heal cup to lock me in at the back as the liner packs down more but that’s normal for me as I have really narrow heals.

The walk mode is awesome with a good range of motion, so much so that it’s almost impossible to ski them in walk mode, which isn’t something I would have said about my titans.  The stock liner is the best liner I’ve ever had, period.  They have a lot of backward stiffness which is good for when you land stuff in the backseat by mistake or when you need to put more power to the back of the ski.  Light enough but not superlight but I’m still happy with the trade off to have stiffer boots. I’m just really enjoying not having to choose which boots to wear out.  One boot and a few pairs of skis is fine for me at the moment.  Happy customer (yes I bought them at full whack) so far and I hope to write some more words as the season progresses …

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