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The Best Ski Boots of 2017

Oct. 19th 2016

A quick flip through any of the major American ski publications this fall and you’re likely to find a SCARPA ski boot featured front and center. Yet again, gear testers from around the country fell in love with our boots from the new featherweight, yet surprisingly stout SCARPA F1, to freeride and backcountry category benchmarks like the SCARPA Freedom RS 130 and SCARPA Gea RS. SCARPA continues to push the boundaries of ski-touring product and the industry continues to respond with plenty of love. Need a little extra insight into your next boot purchase? Here’s what the magazine testers had to say.

The most award-winning boots of 2017.

The most award-winning boots of 2017.


The new SCARPA F1 and F1 Women's

The New SCARPA F1 and F1 Women’s

“For such a lightweight boot, it performed superbly with rock-sold heel and instep hold via its Boa buckle…the flex feels stiffer than a 95 and the lateral stiffness and Carbon Core Construction allow for smooth, predictable turns…easy and efficient.” –Powder Magazine

“A solid, Capable, All-day, everyday touring boot.” –Backcountry Magazine

Learn more about the new F1.

SCARPA F1 Women’s

“The F1 Women’s is a minimalist boot that maintains SCARPA’s standard for high downhill performance while weighing a mere 1,077 grams/boot…the F1 stood out from the crowd when it came to long slogs in the backcountry.” –Powder Magazine

Learn more about F1 Women’s

SCARPA Freedom RS 130

Serious 2017 hardware for the Freedom RS 130.

Serious 2017 Hardware for the Freedom RS 130.

“The Freedom RS continues to offer the category’s best combination of light weight, touring-mode range of motion, and downhill power[…]you have a boot that can tip and rip like a fixed-cuff model. Take it on hard snow and jack it up to 50 mph.” –Skiing Magazine

“It sets the bar for uphill ease among alpine-soled touring boots while still displaying strong downhill skills.” –SKI Magazine

“It’s as laterally stiff as a rubber-soled boot can be in a touring binding and its genuine Dynafit-certified tech inserts and real Vibram soles are great features for touring.” –Powder Magazine

“A really solid fit that allows a great ski-to-snow feel.” –Backcountry Magazine

Learn more about the Freedom RS 130.

SCARPA Freedom SL 120 Women’s

The SCARPA Freedom SL 120 Women's. For the lady crushers.

The SCARPA Freedom SL 120 Women’s. For the lady crushers.

“The SCARPA Freedom is the choice boot for the true alpine skier who wants the option to tour but doesn’t prioritize weight.” –Backcountry Magazine

Learn more about the Freedom SL 120 Women’s


SCARPA Gea RS, Official Selection, Skiing Magazine.

SCARPA Gea RS, Official Selection, Skiing Magazine.

“The stout but lightweight shell and cuff construction construction creates a strong and snappy feel on snow, and gives it close-to-the-foot reactiveness for rapid direction changes without flex flubber.” –Skiing Magazine

Learn more about the Gea RS.

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