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VIDEO: SCARPA Athletes Shred in the Freedom SL

Nov. 18th 2014

Designed with input from big-mountain pioneer Chris Davenport, the Freedom SL is the world’s most versatile ski boot. With equal parts downhill performance and touring capability, it opens up limitless possibilities in the mountains.

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F1 Evo Out-of-Box Fitting Instructions

Nov. 12th 2014

Here’s how you can ensure the best fit when trying on your new pair of F1 Evos.

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The Freedom is Back in the Hills

Nov. 5th 2014

SCARPA’s all-mountain, hard-charging freeride ski boot is back, blending strength and efficiency for a sophisticated performance package. Designed with big mountain pro Chris Davenport, SCARPA’s Freedom SL boots were developed with pivotal features for touring and alpine performance, superior range of cuff motion and weight, and an innovative DIN/Tech fitting sole system. While the male version of the boot has safely established itself in the award-winning categories of several publications, the lady SL’s have also just won Editor’s Pick from Freeskier, as well as a 2015 Skier’s Choice from Powder.

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All in the Family: The Maestrale Line

Oct. 28th 2014

The Maestrales are a celebrated family. Designed and built to be a complete backcountry performer regardless of conditions, they’ve distinguished themselves as the alpine touring boot archetype—a can-do workhorse that’s spry, strong, and easy to work with. They’re also easy to look at. Positioning themselves between the uber-light ethos of the new F1 Evo and the hard-charging Freedom SL, the Maestrale and Gea lines occupy a larger world of backcountry universality so, naturally, we’re giving them an upgrade.

Maestrale RS and Gea RS

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Sound Off: What SCARPA’s CEO Thinks of the New F1 Evo

Oct. 24th 2014

You might have heard of the F1 Evo by now—whether you’ve read about it in magazines, spotted it on social media, or caught a glimpse of its bright blue color out in the backcountry. But what you haven’t heard yet is SCARPA North America CEO Kim Miller’s opinion of the now famous boot with a hands-free, automatic walk/ski mode. Our fearless leader breaks down the latest in a long line of award-winning alpine touring boots: the revolutionary F1 Evo.

Q: What is SCARPA’s goal with the F1 Evo?

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Teton Gravity Research Reviews the F1 Evo

Oct. 14th 2014

Teton Gravity Research took the F1 Evo for a tour through British Columbia. What did they think of the boots? Read the article here.

Teton Gravity Research: SCARPA F1 Evo Touring Boot 2014-15

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SCARPA F1 Evo: The Army of One

Oct. 1st 2014

It’s no secret the savvy backcountry skier values efficiency. While he or she might be unkempt in other aspects of their lives, skiing isn’t one of them. Long days in the snowy hills depend on it. For the entire history of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, the melding of light and stiff has played an elemental role in the advancement of the Alpine Touring boot. While there is no such thing as the perfect AT boot, SCARPA’s F1 Evo comes as close as any.

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SCARPA F1 Evo: First Ski Boot to Earn Outside Magazine Gear of the Year

Sep. 17th 2014

From the start, we at SCARPA have been pretty excited about the F1 Evo. A ski boot that combines a featherweight 2.5 pounds per boot with a relatively stiff flex (95 flex index) and 62 degrees of cuff motion, the F1 Evo also offers a first in alpine-touring boot technology: a ski/walk mechanism that automatically locks and unlocks the cuff of the boot based on whether or not the boot is locked into the heel of the binding.

And it’s nice when others verify you were indeed on the right track.

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Celebrating the Climb: Vitamin, Tech Ascent & Techno X

Aug. 14th 2014

Leaving the trail is only the first step. Boulders, talus, scree and slabs often make up the landscape that lies between our beloved rock climbing and our feet. For that, we know it’s best to have friction. Whatever the mountaineering objective, SCARPA wants you to scramble with confidence every step of the way.

Photo credit: David Allfrey

That’s why we’ve produced three category-defining shoes—two approach and one climbing shoe—that are born from decades of experience and crafted through a culture that attends to detail like no other. The result: efficient, strong and comfortable shoes that will deliver you to the base of potential glory.

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Dream Job: Heinz Mariacher Builds Your Rock Shoes

Jun. 4th 2014

Heinz Mariacher’s biggest impact on climbing might be on climbers’ feet—he’s the wizard behind many groundbreaking climbing shoe designs, and likely the only shoe designer most climbers know by name. But his beginnings in shoe design sprang from an intense passion for the sport, and the hard, bold routes he has climbed on the foreboding limestone peaks of Italy’s Dolomites.

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