The results are in, and the verdict speaks for itself: SCARPA’s new Freedom SL and Freedom series freeride ski boots earned eight awards this season from Powder, Ski, Skiing, Freeskier and Backcountry Magazines.
The unique feature of the Freedom series boots is how well they balance downhill performance with the ability to walk and tour like a backcountry boot. The Freedoms aren’t the first to go after this market. But, several editors said, they’re the best yet in that category of boots.
“Boots are catching up to the rapid evolution of skis … The incarnation that may best embody the progress is SCARPA’s Freedom SL. There are lighter boots and stiffer ones … But of all the new backcountry/resort hybrid boots, the new four-buckle Freedom SL might be the closest thing to a one-boot quiver,” wrote the editors at Powder Magazine, which bestowed its Skier’s Choice Award on both the men’s and women’s Freedom SL.
Along with that award, the Freedom SLs earned an Editor’s Pick from Freeskier, a Gold Medal Award from Ski Magazine, an editor’s Choice from Backcountry Magazine, and a Tester’s Choice Award from Skiing Magazine.
The Freedom SL boots are made with lighter Pebax material and come with a lugged sole compatible with tech bindings. The Freedom boots are made with Primary HP, and proprietary SCARPA-sourced polyurethane, and come with soles compatible with alpine bindings. Both soles will work in a range of alpine-touring bindings, and the soles can be easily swapped on either boot.
“The best boot that bridges the gap between downhill performance and true touring capabilities … the Freedom is the ranking contender for a one-boot quiver, “ wrote Backcountry Magazine’s editors.
Freeskier Magazine called out the cuff range and friction-free touring mode, notable for such a performance-driven boot.
“Chris Davenport was a key tester for SCARPA as they developed this big-mountain, backcountry ripper which is constructed with ultralight Pebax Rnew plastic,” they wrote. “It features a burly ski/hike mechanism, which offers a 27-degree range of motion and is free of friction, as the only contact points when touring are the ankle rivets. Tech soles come standard but can be easily swapped out for DIN soles.”
The Freedom series boots are available this fall on retail shelves, and currently shipping to retailers. Along with those boots, SCARPA also added a larger men’s shell size – size 33, men’s size 15 – in its popular Maestrale series of boots.