Gear: the do-it-all Scarpa Freedom SL ski boot

Up? Down? Ski it all with the Scarpa Freedom SL, developed by big-mountain skier Chris Davenport.
The Scarpa Freedom SL
The Scarpa Freedom SL
By Dave Waag

Lightweight touring boots have always come at a price (and we don’t mean in cash): the flexibility that means easy touring means significantly less control while heading down the hill.

But if you’ve been reluctant to let go of the control your alpine ski boots offer in favour of a lightweight boot that tours well, a solution may be at hand – a freeride boot that delivers uncompromising alpine control and true alpine touring functionality.

Chris Davenport freeskis in Denali National Park, AK, USA, on 11 April 2012.
Chris Davenport, downhill on Denali. © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Working with premier big-mountain skier, Chris Davenport, Scarpa set the bar for freeride performance with their new Freedom SL alpine touring ski boot.

Featuring full alpine wrap construction, the Freedom SL is everything an alpine boot should be: powerful and responsive. And, drawing on Scarpa’s alpine touring pedigree, the Freedom SL features unmatched touring cuff mobility (27 degrees) for a boot of its calibre.

Most impressive, the boot weighs only 3.59kg (7lb 10 oz) a pair - literally pounds lighter than much of the competition. The combination delivers hard charging ski control and true touring comfort.

Chris Davenport high up the mountain
Chris Davenport walks up a mountain in Chamonix © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

The boot owes its light weight to Scarpa’s proprietary Carbon Core Technology. The carbon core runs through the boot soul to maintain power transfer and reduce overall shell weight. The boot’s design also leads the pack with a low-bulk profile normally found only in lighter touring-specific models. The clean, low-profile design translates to smooth strides and efficient boot packing in the mountains.

In true freeride spirit, the Freedom SL’s interchangeable sole offers compatibility with all ski bindings, alpine DIN, AT and tech bindings. Add the high-quality, heat-formable Intuition liner, and you’ve got one boot that can do it all with style at the resort and in the backcountry.

Scarpa Freedom SL, €575

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