SCARPA really liked the Freedom SL, so they made a PU version. And, why not? The Freedom is a slightly simpler version of the award winning SL. It’s the same design crafted by Chris Davenport and the Parisotto family, it still drives big boards at the resort, and still tours more smoothly than any freeride boot of its ilk. So, the PU weighs a little more than its Pebax brethren, it also costs significantly less at $599.
By employing the same Carbon Core Technology as the SL – overmolding the lower scaffo shell around a carbon fiber frame – the shell technology significantly stiffens the boot, and maintains an immediate power transmission to the ski throughout the entire boot, which gives the Freedom that dependable, playful feel on the snow.
Don’t let the slightly softer flex index of 110 fool you, the Freedom employs the same high overlap, two-buckle cuff and powerstrap design to maintain robust lateral integrity for snapping quick turns in technical terrain, but a slightly more forgiving, yet predictable forward flex that can soak up virgin powder fields, bump runs, and everything in between. Skiers who spend long days in their boots know what we mean.
One of the key ergonomic virtues of the Freedom is the Ride Power Block Tour ski/walk mechanism. Steel on steel, the Ride Power Block offers exceptional power transfer in ski mode, giving the skier all the precision and performance that is expected in a four-buckle freeride boot. Its two-part design provides 20 degrees of forward flex and 7 more aft, giving a large, smooth stride in walk mode. Together they’ll take you to distant powder stashes, or simply around the resorts.
Interchangeable soles add immediate value to a freeride ski boot as well. Having the choice between DIN soles and tech fittings, the versatility of the boot simply doubles. The Freedom comes with SCARPA’s Mountain Piste sole, but customers can also purchase the AT Mountain Plus sole, featuring Quick Step-In tech inserts. A steel plate co-injected into the front end of the sole provides a powerful, secure and safe connection of shell and sole. Speaking of which, that shell and sole sizing dips as low as 21.5 in a women specific last.
Ultimately, the Freedom is proof that price point practicality can exist in balance with the performance, precision and purpose if a top-level boot.