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 ) 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 for 2018/19: The iconic Scarpa F1 is still ahead of its time but in order to keep everyone happy with shiny new boots, a new paint job was brought to the table along with some Recco hardware in the power strap.
Do you think this is a strenuous from current Backland Carbon in Forward stiffness? I plan on skiing it with 186 cm wayback 106. I am not an aggressive skier just need to be able to control the skis even in bad snow and with poor technique.
Hey Slim, if anything the F1 should make skiing a little less strenuous! The F1 has more consistent progressive flex through the front of the boot than the tongue-less Backland Carbon, and with a taller cuff you will have more power pushing through the tips of the skis (186cm is a long skis!) With its damping properties and 3/4 sidewall, the Wayback 106 would also be a decent match with some of our beef boots if you don't mind the weight penalty.
Hi folks. The Blizzard Zero G's with the Hagan Ride 10s that you set up are working well as my primary narrower ski-touring set up with my F1 boots. (Shocking how this touring ski performs so well in mogul fields). I've read the F1s and the Tectons are simpatico...for a wider pair of skis for more resort touring-deeper snow conditions, would the F1s be compatible with the shift bindings? (any opinions for an <150# guy w/ RE: shifts v. Tectons from the release-peace of mind...thanks, in advance). Dave
I'm glad you're loving the current setup! The F1 is not compatible with the Shift, as it is designed to be tech-only. Another option to consider with consistent, reliable release would be the TÜV-certified Dynafit Rotation!
Oops, I have spoken too soon! The F1 has always had a Grilamid construction, so no changes for 2020-21. However, it gains a "tongue alignment extension" which will keep the tongue in the right place on the shell more forcefully than before. And the boot improves its aesthetics with some sweet tiger stripes (they match your '80s spandex).
Thank you so much for offering this question answering forum.
I am going to be doing the Grand Traverse this year in Colorado and need a lighter boot. My intent is to purchase a boot that will work for the Grand Traverse and also serve as a backcountry boot for longer hut approaches and powder skiing once at the hut. I currently have Maestral RS’s from 2014 in size 29.5 which I had to have punched out in the toe box for my foot width, otherwise they have been perfect.
Here is the question, I heard the Alien RS cannot be punched and would be a poor choice for my foot. Instead should I consider this boot (the F1)?
Hey Craig, thanks for reaching out! The F1 might be a great choice for your foot and for your Elk Mountain-traversing ambitions, but there are many boots that we might recommend in the lighter-weight, more race-focused category. Give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Online Boot Fitter to get started!
Hey folks - I'm jumping into the true skimo world for the first time. I am a lifelong tele skier, have never stepped into an alpine binding. Did the Gothic Mtn Tour last year on a 77mm tele setup and it was super painful. Doing the Grand Traverse this year and looking for something a bit more conducive to the event.
My question - I have been in 27.5 Scarpa T-Race boots for a long time. It is definitely a 'performance' shell fit. How do the sizing of these compare to a Scarpa 75mm tele boot shell? I would just be using these for long tour and some technical alpine mountaineering objectives. For perspective, I a 44.5 EU shoe size. Thanks in advance for any insight you may have!
Greetings GK! Welcome to the Rando Liberation Front: our heels may be imprisoned, but our tours are unbound! While the Scarpa boot lasts remain reasonably similar across all of their alpine and telemark offerings, the older Terminator and T-series shells were notably wider through the midfoot than an F1. You may find that the fit is perfect in a 27.5 F1, or you may find that you need to go up 1/2 to 1 size. Also consider boots from Scarpa that are a bit more race-oriented, such as the Alien RS. Drop us a line at email@example.com to go deeper into options!
Brian, have you had any molding to the shell done on the Hawk's? If they are a bit loose on you, the F1 could be looser. They have a wider forefoot/last then the Hawk. If you want to get into it deeper, please fill out our boot finder
Rick, Awesome question. The F1 is pretty powerful boot in the touring category, you could easily drive a V8 in powder. For backcountry skiing the F1 has plenty of performance in most backcountry conditions. On a V6 in powder you would not gain much with the Maestrale. Note, the V6 is a soft powder loving ski. If you were on a beefier ski and looking for a boot to use in and out of resorts, then the Maestrale would would be something to look into.
I've been skiing in the Fischer Travers Carbon 27.5 but need to replace with a new pair of boots. I loved the way the Fischers fit my feet and it seems like these are fairly similar. I'm wondering what size F1 would be comparable to the 27.5 Fischer? (forever mystified by the SCARPA half-shell break...)
Hey Paul, the F1 is definitely a great boot with comparable fit. The Traverse does have a larger degree of cuff rotation and a bit lighter. If the Traverse fits great I would consider buying another pair, but if you did decide on the F1's you would want the 27.5.
I skied these boots last year and plan on keeping them this year, but there's more space than I'd like through the cuff. I've seen that there's a spoiler available for this boot--can that be used to reduce the volume in the cuff, and if so, do you sell it?
Thanks Eric!! That could help some, but this Intuition's liner cuff is already pretty thick and reinforced, that I don't think it will do a lot. Also, I looked at Scarpa's parts and didn't find one. Your best bet may be attaching a piece of dense foam around the liner. Maybe around midway from the ankle to the top of boot.
I slipped while kick turning on a steep climb and the Boa knob (on the Scarpa F1 boot of the ski that slipped) snagged something like a pole or ski tail and it snapped out of its socket. I was able to pop it back in and keep in set by tightening the Boa cable. If the cable is loose, however, the Boa knob will fall out of it socket. Is this something readily repaired at home? Thanks, Matt
I love these boots in almost every single way, just one minor gripe regarding extra space above my instep. Does anyone have a recommendation for an insole or something that would help fill that space without hindering the boots otherwise immense comfort? Thanks!
Conor, are you using any aftermarket footbed? Adding a footbed generally increases comfort and ski performance. It doesn't sound like you need a custom footbed. Superfeet makes 3 thicknesses- Green (the thickest) , Blue and Carbon. Depending on how much volume you need to take up.
Hi Coyne, the MV liner is a little bit thicker than the stock liner, where as the LV is a little thinner. If you were happy with the fit out of the box, I would go with the MV. If you needed a little more room, I would suggest the LV.
Hey guys. Im currently in the TLT7 mountain and am looking for something with just a touch (or ya know, a noticeable amount) more stiffness. Would this be a solid option in your opinions. I like my TLT's but they have a harder time with slightly bigger skis and I see people skiing fairly fat skis on this guy all the time. Also, how would you compare it with the Alien RS?
Hey Jeff! TLT7 Mountain? Not sure they've ever made a TLT7 Mounta. At any rate, this would be better than a TLT6M or TLT7 on the way down. The cuff is taller and they are stiffer all around than any generation of TLT boot. It's a much beefier boot than the Alien RS and if your concern is performance on bigger skis, the F1 is still the way to go. The Alien RS is an amazing boot, one of my favorites, but for the most part it belongs on the same skis that the TLT6/7 will feel comfortable on.
Haha thank you, clearly Ive been looking too much at the TLT6's. I mean tlt7 expedition but that is not what I typed out. Appreciate the info. Definitely going to look further at these bad boys.
I have had these for a few seasons now. Looking to get a new boot that is similar in weight, maybe a little less and just as good of a boot. I will primarily use them as my daily driver and ski the Movement Alp Track 106's with them. Any suggestions?
Hey Thomas! The Fischer Travers Carbon is fairly similar in fit, but has more than enough power to drive the AT106. Fill out our boot fitter and we'll be able to get back to you with a more in depth boot recommendation.
Looking to replace my old Vulcans for this season and decided I wanted something a little more tour-friendly. I am a 28.5 in the Vulcan - Any thoughts on if I would be best in a 27.5 or 28.5 for the F1?
Hey Michael, oh dang, good catch. That's a typo on our part and I'll correct it right now, but it looks like there are only two forward lean settings and it's adjusted by the eccentric bracket bolted onto the lower shell where the ski/walk lever locks into place.
I am still not be able to decide witch one should I take : the Scarpa F1 or the new Dynafit speedfit boot. need your opinion on which one can drive harder in back country and some time in resort as well, and another question is how these boot going along with tech crampon? I am using Petzl Lynx for water fall ice climbing, but some times approach with my touring ski and I don't want to carry two boots.
Hey Liming! For everyday use, abuse, and charging in the backcountry as well as occasionally in the resort I think the F1 is the better choice there. The Speedfit walks a touch better than the F1 but I don't think the Speedfit has that extra powerband to drive huge skis like the F1 does. Lynx compatibility with the F1 or Speedfit should be fine either way.