Scarpa North America Blog

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.

SCARPA Freedom SL from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

This is why: Balancing ski performance of an earnest alpine boot with the touring ergonomics of a dedicated touring boot, the Freedom SL’s 120-flex index has set a high standard for what a freeride boot should do. Whether it’s lapping a resort’s challenging groomers, finding wild snow glory outside the gates, or even setting sights on distant objectives deep in the backcountry, with this boot you’ve made the right choice every time.

The Freedom SL has the lower-volume overlap construction and a Ride Power Block walk mechanism that work in concert to give it the best of the alpine and touring worlds. SCARPA’s specific overlap construction is designed to assure a gap-free connection with the instep and lower leg to deliver enhanced leverage and a superior power transmission. It’s Intuition tongue-style liner fits snug, but the ergonomic fit gives supreme driving chops in any condition. The female SL utilizes the same qualities—but unlike the classic “shrink it/pink it” women’s ski boots, we focused on fitting the Freedom SL to a real woman’s foot. Designers took dead aim at the anatomical differences and made sure they met the demands of women’s anatomy to best embrace comfort, fit and performance. Also, the Freedom SL is sized as low as 21.5 shell size for the best possible fit.

The specifically designed Ride Power Block walk mode assures a completely friction-free motion when disengaged, and increases the cuff range of motion to a broad 27 degrees for optimum stride-ability. This makes breaking trail a pleasure, not a punishment. When locked, it works in sync with the V-Frame Power Ribs—allowing significant strength for optimum downhill performance, as well as the best back support and enhanced power transmission in downhill skiing.

The virtue of the Freedom comes from the core—SCARPA’s Carbon Core technology—a method that over-injects the boot’s lower shell around a carbon fiber core. This augments stiffness and power transmission to the ski without adding unnecessary material, which in turn lowers overall mass and bulk. The end product is a performance boot that weighs 7lbs 14oz per pair, providing a desirable strength-to-weight capability in a trim skeletal framework.

The Freedom SL’s higher cuff also gives it an unfair advantage. With increased edge-to-edge precision, it can hold its own with the hardships of resort-based skiing—including hard pack, icy groomers and played-out powder bowls—but they will also give you the freedom to take them deeper into the backcountry, where wild snow can include breakable crusts, slop, variable conditions, and refrozen mank. Not that you’ll notice.

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