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What do you get when you merge an Alien with a Maestrale, a race boot with a beef boot, an extraterrestrial with a cold northwesterly wind? You get an F1 race car, er, two-buckle touring boot! As Scarpa's signature backcountry touring boot, the F1 sits at the crossroads of out-of-this-world uphill speed and deep-powder charging on high-fat skis. The hinged Evo tongue on the F1 allows for excellent ankle range-of-motion on steeper skintracks and flatter slogs alike, while the high cuff and power-strap-based design means you'll blast down steep lines without reservation. To create that coveted power-to-weight ratio, the designers borrowed Alien technology by inserting carbon fiber into the lower shell in a splayed pattern that transfers power directly from your leg to the ski. A Grilamid cuff provides plentiful support when skiing in the front-seat and a scooped rear design means a turn in the back-seat won't end in a crash. The boot's lower is held together with a BOA system that cinches a generous 102mm last for just the right forefoot fit.

  • Carbon Core Tech is fiber-reinforced nylon that makes the lower shell more rigid.
  • Fast Buckle works in conjunction with a burly Velcro strap for simple and secure cuff.
  • Alien style Boa® lacing system in the lower shell lets you dial in the perfect fit.
  • SCARPA Intuition® liners (221g [27]) are heat moldable and preloaded with flex zones.
  • Evo tongue is designed to flex with your leg and can be topped up with a power strap (+26g).
  • UFO EVO soles are the latest in durable grip from the Vibram® family of overachievers.
  • 62 degree range of motion is what your ankles would demand if they could talk.
  • Dynafit Quick Insert fittings help make stepping into tech bindings a treat.
  • Two forward lean settings let you tune your stance to match your style.

Update 2018/19: The iconic Scarpa F1 is still ahead of its time but in order to keep everyone happy with shiny boots, an updated paint job was brought to the table along with some Recco hardware in the power strap.

Update 2020/21: The Scarpa F1 has received a fabulous look for the 2021 year. Additionally, the F1 now has a small plastic extension on the lateral side of the lower shell to help guide the tongue over top, preventing it from occasionally snagging underneath when you don the boots.

Specifications
Weight
convert to ounces
1248g [27]
1316g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 2496g [27]
2632g [27.5]
Buckles   1 + BOA
Boot Sole Length   280mm [24.5/25]
289mm [25.5/26]
297mm [26.5/27]
305mm [27.5/28]
314mm [28.5/29]
322mm [29.5/30]
330mm [30.5/31]
Binding Compatibility   Tech, Hybrid
Cuff Rotation   62°
Forward Lean(s)   20°, 22°
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials   Carbon infused nylon shell w/ Pebax tongue
Liner   Intuition Pro Flex Evo
Sole   Vibram UFO Evo
Skimo Co Says
Usage Light & fast touring
Notes Classic ski/walk mode mechanism
Bottom Line Alien-infused touring
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Questions & Reviews

8/22/2022
Question from Jordan
 
Can these drive a bigger ski (100mm 1500g) than F1LT? Or the new F1XT?

LT/XT are listed as stiffer, but these are beefier + tongue so I'd imagine they inherently ski better
8/22/2022
Answer from Zak M
 
Hey Jordan, I would say the F1 is a bit of a beefier boot with a more "progressive" flex than the F1 LT. So yes, your thoughts are sounds, and for some slightly wider and heavier skis, I would choose the F1 as being the stronger skiing boot out of those three. Thanks
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5/18/2022
Question from Clare
 
Hi, Im thinking about the F1 I have a wide forefoot and high instep size 24 currently have the Scott celeste but don't like the range of motion and find them too lose. Just have a new set up of camox freebird and ATK C-raiders, looking for something light to match and works with my annoying feet.
5/18/2022
Answer from Jeremy L
 
Thanks for reaching out, Clare. Not so sure the F1 will have the width you're looking for in the forefoot. If you'd like to fill out our online boot fitter we'd be happy to help.
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5/2/2022
EG1 (downright abused product)
 
Bomber boot. I find these to be the best touring boot when it comes to uphill/downhill performance I have ever used. I have been on Maestrale's, Lange XT 130's and spent a past life in plug race boots - so I think my opinion is quite balanced.

Some thoughts:
- The LT's (which I also have tried) give up a lot when comes to skiability. I would go with the classic F1's, personally.
- Some people seem to remove the top strap (liner focused). I find this to be a "must keep" as you can really get good purchase on the top of the cuff which helps when its bumpy.
- Think the boot skis best in the "+" position on the flip switch - personal preference but think the forward lean helps given the static nature of the walk mode lock mechanism (like all Scarpa's)
- Much easier on/off than the Maestrale

Recently spent a week living in these boots while skiing the Haute Route. I noticed that others (specifically in Maestrale's and other boots without a BOA) suffered from the issue of having the boot be too loose when in walk mode and therefore destroying the foot with blisters. The BOA system and top strap here are great to eliminate that issue as they allow you to get full ROM when in walk mode, but also keep the foot tight in the liner to avoid issues from rubbing.

The only thing I dislike (which is SO minor), is that when you take the liners out to dry you have to be careful not to push down the interior plastic protector/sealing around the walk lever when you put the liners back in. I accidentally have pushed it down a few times, and you quickly wonder why your heel is in pain. Luckily, an easy thing to be mindful of and does not hurt the boot. Just can add a minute of annoyance at the trail head.

Finally - and most importantly - these ski really well, especially when paired with an equally light and touring focused ski. I think when skied with a beefier ski, the boot struggles to keep up - but when the pairing is in the same weight class, it's a dream.

I wish you could replace the grip walk - as these boots beg you to keep them on to the point where the soles wear before you're ready to get new boots...
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1/6/2022
Question from Don
 
Upgrading some Dynafit Ones. I am looking for weight savings but also gains in performance as boot technology has probably improved. How do these compare in downhill performance?
1/6/2022
Answer from Patrick C
 
Don,

Great to hear from you! I would agree with you, a few years have passed since that boot hit the market and touring gear has seen some upgrades. My suggestion would be to check out our Bootfitter to see what boot may work best. I have not skied the Dynafit One myself, but I would venture a guess that the F1 would be a solid step in the right direction when it comes to downhill performance. Hope this helps!
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1/6/2022
Question from Raquel
 
Hi - Do you need to size up and by how much on these boots compared to alpine resort boots? I'm a 24.5 in Lange XT3's that I used for resort skiing. I'd be using these for skimo, training for skimo race, and skimo race.
1/6/2022
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Raquel,
We generally don't suggest sizing up your touring boots unless you opt for an extremely snug "performance fit" in your alpine boots. Unless you find your Lange XT3s to be exceptionally snug, a 24.5 will still likely be an appropriate size for you in touring boots as well. Feel free to email us at help@skimo.co if you'd like to get further into the details of sizing and fit!
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11/24/2021
Eddy v (used product regularly)
 
I got a pair of F1s for a trip to Denali after demoing them for a day. Coming from a resort setup and a pair of Maestrale RSs, I was initially skeptical that they would ski well enough, but they blew me out of the water with how well they skied for this light of a boot.

Obviously the walk mode is much better than the Maestrale (even after replacing the liner with a thicker Intuition liner for the cold), and the weight loss isn't huge but is noticeable. Ski mode is a significant step down from the Maestrale RS, but the boots are still fairly stiff. I'd say the bigger difference in ski mode is that they have less of a progressive feel to the flex. I only skied these on lighter skis in more mountaineering settings, so it's hard to judge how they'd drive a heavier ski at higher speeds, but overall I was pleasantly surprised.

My only big complaint with these boots is the buckle - opening it up doesn't give you enough ROM to tour properly, so I have to undo the velcro each time I transition (and then refind the correct tightness after).

While I like the F1s, looking back, I probably should've gone for an F1 LT instead - it seems like you don't give up a ton in ski performance, but you gain a LOT in walk performance, which has become more and more important to me over time.
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11/10/2021
Question from john
 
Perhaps this is obvious but... since the shell size is the same for half sizes (25.5 shell = 26 shell) and the liner makes the difference, is it generally agreed that the half sizes run warmer?
11/10/2021
Answer from Tristan M
 
Hi John,

After a heat mold of the liner and or some skiing, the 25.5/26.0 sizes will be indiscernible. I would treat the half sizes within the same shell size as the same boot.
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4/14/2021
Question from Dario
 
Hi, everybody.
Do you think the F1 would be a good boot to use on a stiffer touring ski with good downhill performance, such as Salomon MTN 85 or Stöckli Edge 88?

Second question: My foot is 26 cm measured. After trying them in a shop, I ended up buying a 27, since the 26.5 was feeling too tight. Now I have the impression that my heel is able to move a bit too much while walking.
Do you think a 26.5 would have been better? Is there a way to solve this problem without changing boot?

Thanks a lot!
4/14/2021
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Dario,
I think the F1 would be a great boot for either of those skis!
As far as sizing, for Scarpa boots, the shell size is exactly the same in the 26.5 and the 27.0. Any differences you felt initially would have just been differences in the liner that would eventually pack out the same. If you aren't experiencing blisters and your heel is locked in when you're skiing downhill the fit is probably fine, but if you do think there's too much room and you want to size down a shell size, you'll want to go with the 26.0. If you need any more information on boot sizing feel free to email us at help@skimo.co and we'd be happy to go more in-depth with you!
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3/27/2021
Question from Tom
 
My shell size would be 30.5/31 - I have a long, but low volume foot. Would it be better to order the 30.5 and then adjust with the liner? I suppose the size difference is achieved with e different/thicker liner?
Thanks
3/27/2021
Answer from Cole P
 
Hey Tom, there is a couple of ways to achieve a tighter fit. Going with the 30.5 size is a great start, in addition to that adding a nice after-market insole to help take up some volume. You can also add a boot shim to take up even more volume. you can purchase boot shims here. A thicker liner would achieve the same goal. I do suggest looking at other boots that have less volume like the La Sportiva Skorpius CR boot. You can always try our online boot fitter by going here.
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3/5/2021
Question from Andrey Cherenkov
 
How does this new version compare to the previous one (2018/2019, the one that was released as F80)? Is it just a different paintjob or are the features/specs in any way? Thank you!
3/5/2021
Answer from Jeff
 
Andrey,
There is more than a paint job this season .. The tongue and interface of it on the shell have been cleaned up and refined. But otherwise the same.
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3/2/2021
Question from sabby
 
Are the newest version F1 punchable in 6th toe and accessory navicular areas? Thanks!
3/2/2021
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Sabby, the F1 is totally punchable in those areas! However, if you're thinking of the new F1 LT Boot, any punching done to that boot would void the warranty so that model is technically not punchable.
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2/17/2021
Eric L (used product regularly)
 
These boots were comfortable right out of the box. They're lightweight but ski great. I have about 75 days on them and have had no issues. Definitely recommend.
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2/7/2021
Centerfold (downright abused product)
 
I really loved my Scarpa F1s. By far the most comfortable boot I have ever worn. I was drawn to these because many of the Utah Avy crew recommend this boot. And I can see why.

They are very stiff boot. Not quite as stiff as the Maestrale but for most of my type of riding it was plenty stiff (30 degrees or less for me most of the time). The range of motion is amazing. It feels like you are in a tennis shoe at times.

I really ended up liking the boa in the front.

My only complaint, and this isn't a real complaint, is that I have straps needed to get replaced after a couple seasons. Not a big deal but another cost to be aware of.

I also gave this boot a 4/5 out of 5 because after 2.5 seasons I upgraded to the F1 LT. If you can fit those I would go that direction. Otherwise, these are a great choice.
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2/5/2021
Alex (downright abused product)
 
The F1 is the best all around touring boot I've used. Ive been through a couple pairs and it splits the Maestrale and Alien/F1 LT beautifully. For a great price you get a boot that you can ski pretty much any AT ski with and its light enough for long distance adventures or a daily driver boot. I ditched the top power strap to make transitions more efficient and it still drives a 105 wasted ski with ease.
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1/28/2021
Question from Daryl
 
I was wondering how the F1 fit compared to the Maestrale? 27.5 Maestrale fit tight. My current boots TLT7 Expedition in 28.5 fit a little loose. What would you suggest?
Thanks.
1/28/2021
Answer from Cole P
 
Hello Daryl, the F1 is a little wider but also is a lower volume boot so it will fit a little tighter, mostly on top of your foot. I would suggest trying on an F1 and think that would be a good fit for you if the TLT7 is feeling loose. If the F1 feels too tight around the top of the foot look at the Fischer Travers, here which seems to fit well for people with a high instep. Also, feel free to try our online boot fitter here.
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1/11/2021
Question from Leo S
 
I have 100 days on my F1's (Teal/Orange model ca 2017) and while I love the weight, performance, and comfort, I am not impressed with the durability. The main velcro straps disintegrated at around 50 days. What's worse, between the ankle hinge and the walk mode lever, there is now a LOT of fore-aft play in these boots. That's been a gradual degradation but I would say it was unacceptable after around 50 days as well. At this point I think a new boot is necessary for safety.

Is this common? Have any durability improvements been made to the boot since 2017? I don't abuse the boots so I am really not happy with the durability. I don't wan to be buying a new boot every year. What do you recommend as a replacement for someone who likes the F1's weight/performance/comfort but not the durability?
1/12/2021
Answer from Zak M
 
Hey Leo, unfortunately with a lighter boot depending on what ski/snow condition combination durability can be compromised within that time. So far with the current generation of F1s, we have seen quite a good durability for what the boot represents. I would also say if the F1 fits your foot well something like the La Sportiva Skorpius could also work.
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11/17/2020
Question from Matthew T
 
Are Scarpa F1 boots compatible with Marker Kingpin bindings?
11/17/2020
Answer from Teddy Young
 
Hey Matthew, thanks for reaching out, the F1 is compatible with Kingpin bindings!
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10/16/2020
Question from james verinis
 
Why do you guys classify these as tech only compatible? I've seen elsewhere that they are compatible with AT or frame bindings. And they look the part too. I have some old Fritschi Diamiri bindings on some skis that I still want to use. After crossing off a lot of newer AT boots (I have some ancient Scarpa Lasers) like everything Dynafit, I came to rest on the F1's from last year as a solid giant step up for me, for a decent price as well. But your classification of them as "tech only" gives me pause. Thanks, Jim
10/16/2020
Answer from Julieana
 
Hi James, I'm curious where you've seen information saying that they are compatible with frame bindings as they definitely aren't. The heel and toe lugs are not big enough to click in to a frame binding reliably, also their boot sole has too much grip, rocker, and shape to have reliable contact and release with the AFD plates in an alpine style binding. The Scarpa models that are compatible are the Maestrale, Gea, and Freedom series. Scarpa has an article explaining this compatibility further that I've linked to here.
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9/1/2020
Question from DCA
 
What year and color scheme are the Scarpa F1s that are on sale?
9/1/2020
Answer from jbo
 
Hi DCA, I just enabled the new models for pre-order so you can see the new color coming out this fall.
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8/30/2020
Question from Jamus
 
Hi, Is the Scarpa F1 compatible with a Solomon Shift binding?
8/31/2020
Answer from Julieana
 
Hi Jamus, the F1 is not compatible with the Shift binding. If you're in need of a burlier binding that will work with the F1 I recommend the Dynafit St Rotation 12
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