A fixture at the head of any skimo race, the original Alien 1.0 established a new performance-to-weight benchmark. It’s difficult to imagine improving on a winner like this, but no one is arguing the reformulation doesn’t do just that. We’re calling it the Alien 1.1 (SCARPA still calls it “1.0”, but hey, that’s confusing. Maybe the Alien 1.0 v2?).
Keeping the full-carbon cuff, single throw ski/walk mechanism, and BOA instep closure that gave the 1.0 its racing and adventure successes, SCARPA smartly didn’t change what wasn’t broken. Instead, they’ve taken the minor areas of weakness and turned them into strengths, which is sure to continue this boot’s legacy performance. The lower is now made of Carbon Grilamid LFT material (from the Alien RS) which brings new levels of stiffness and support at a low mass. The BOA closure system remains over the instep but is now internal, providing a closer fitting and more secure closure over the foot. A pain point of the original 1.0 was the difficult-to-enter sock-style liner; SCARPA has replaced it with a new Cross-fit Intuition BT liner featuring a full-length tongue that provides additional support and comfort. Some folks will be most excited by the new integrated gaiter which increases the weather resistance and decreases instances of soaked feet. The SCARPA Alien 1.1 is an even better ski boot than the original, at a better price to boot (yay, puns).
|Weight (pair)||1400g |
|Buckles||Rope plus BOA, single throw latch|
|Boot Sole Length|
|Binding Compatibility||Tech only|
|Forward Lean(s)||9°, 13°|
|Materials||Carbon-reinforced Grilamid lower, carbon cuff|
|Liner||Intuition Cross Fit BT|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Skimo racing, training|
|Notes||Integrated gaiter means less wet-feet.|
|Bottom Line||Next level Alien!|