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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.

Many backcountry skiers lean to one side or the other in regards to uphill ergonomics and downhill dependability. At SCARPA, designers have labored under the tenets of strength-to-weight ideals, and the progression of the F1 boot has grown steadily—blending the right balance of material mass, strategic design, and technology to create a universal charger in the Evo.

Let’s begin with efficiency. Closure and adjustment of the Evo is achieved with both a Boa closure system on the lower boot, and a buckle and power strap combination on the upper boot. Disengaged, the nimble boot has extraordinary fore-aft articulation, which means comfort and sensitivity that work as well pushing gas on the accelerator of your car as it does striding out long slogs on the flats or the steepest skin track. So, not only does the boot soar on the uphill, you can legitimately drive to the trailhead in the Evo as well. Not bad.

That efficiency continues with a proprietary hands-free ski/walk mechanism that switches modes automatically based on whether the heel is locked into the binding. Again, this saves time and effort for faster transitions on the slog back to the trailhead after a long descent, or taxing escapades across glaciated terrain. And, at 2 pounds, 7 ounces per boot, there’s not a lot of boot to drag around.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The boot is designed with SCARPA’s Carbon Core Technology—a carbon-fiber frame that runs the length of the boot under the foot. This provides stiffness for ultimate power transfer to the ski, while retaining the progressive flex skiers seek in the upper boot. This means you don’t have to skim through the weight weenie rack when looking for your backcountry ski setup. Instead, the F1 Evo has the downhill chops to drive bigger skis, and they’ll actually work in concert with the boot when skiing challenging conditions and terrain.

Inside the boot, a heat-moldable Intuition liner features a flex zone for excellent mobility, not to mention Intuition’s notorious heat retention and daylong comfort. This allows the F1 Evo to excel in the most technical ascending conditions, including scrambling loose rocks and icy mixed terrain, where precision placement is paramount.

For skiers looking for downhill performance close to a SCARPA’s award-winning Maestrale and touring function like that of the SCARPA Alien, this svelte warrior punches well above its weight class.

Photos of Chris Davenport/Credit: Ted Mahon

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