The F1 is back! This time with a standard ski/walk mode switch. When the first edition of this boot was recalled due to over-innovation, we had a hard time getting all the boots back from customers (in fact some still have them). That’s because the F1 walks and skis so well that folks were willing to deal with an occasional hiccup in the Tronic hands-free mode switch.
With the new version, you can now have the ski boot you want with reliable transitions at the flip of a lever. Kudos to SCARPA for pushing the boundaries with the F1 Evo, and an even bigger kudos for boldly issuing a recall at the first sign of a quality problem. You can be sure you’re getting a good product with a company that behaves like that.
The F1 is lightweight ski touring boot, with full coverage plastic and comfy Intuition liners. 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. The boot is topped off 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.
Three forward lean settings let you tune your stance to match your style.
I have a bit wider forefeet, currently I skiing with scarpa maestrale RS 1.0 as size 26.5/27, the length is perfect, but the last with is tight but still ok, if I buying this Scarpa F1, which size suppose I am taking? should I take 1 size up as 27.5/28 or keep the same size as my maestrale RS 1.0 as size 26.5/27?
A lot of our customers who have the Maestrale are finding that they are very happy with the fit of the F1 as well. If you feel that you have a good fit with the Maestrale in a 26.5/27.0, I would suggest sticking with that shell size.
Good Stuff I finally have been able to put quite a few days on these boots and I have nothing but good things to say about them. They drive my Blizzard Zero G easily, with plenty of oomph to spare. I would use these for (light-ish touring skis) up to 100mm under foot with no problem. The boots are very comfortable, with a wider last, and don't squeeze my toes like some other brands do. This is important because it can be stupid cold in NH. My coldest ski day this year was a high of -15f. They climb ice and easy rock suitably well and my crampons fit good enough. These boots are comfortable and climb well enough that skiing in and climbing in my ski boots is now a default unless the climbing is harder than WI3+ or 5.4 ish.
The sole seems pretty durable. I really like the velcro/buckle combo on the top of the boot. I wish I could add one to my work ski boots.
Not as good but not bad stuff: I did ice up the locking mechanism once, it wouldn't hold the boot in ski mode. However I did this by punching through the snow into a slush filled creek. A voile strap held the lock in place until the ice loosened up enough to return to regular function. This type of event would probably mess up a lot of boots. The removable velcro power straps are nifty, but not necessary.
After logging about 60 days in the F1 this year, I'm convinced that it is one of the best light touring boots out there. I've toured exclusively on the tlt series since the 5 came out, but the tlt5 and 6 were never quite wide enough for me, and the tongue was always annoying to take in and out, so I thought i'd give these a try this season. The first thing you notice is that they are comfortable, like super comfortable, so comfortable that I put them on in my house, drive to the trailhead, wear them all day, then drive home in them, all without ever feeling like I was wearing a ski boot. Second of all, they tour very well, better than the tlt5 and 6. I appreciate having the ski/walk lever separate from the buckle, this allows me to throw them into ski mode quickly when I encounter a skiable hill when nordic shuffling out of a zone (something we do a lot of in Montana). They push a fat ski just fine with good technique (I personally switch to a Salomon Mtn Lab for anything over 100mm in the waist but I know many people who use them with powder skis). The only concession I'll make is that they're quite fiddly to get all the parts lined up when putting them on, but once you've got them sorted they are one of the best boots i've ever used.
How does the sizing run in these compared to other Scarpa boots? I wear a 28 in Maestrales, original F1s, etc.
Also, the forward lean options of 20 and 22 seem overly aggressive compared to other similar boots -- are they really that aggressive (maybe don't look like it from the photo), and, if so, is there an option to make them less so?
Hey Andy. Length is exactly the same as the other boots in the Scarpa line, I think you'd be safe to try the 28. It does have a different last than the original F1 and Maestrale but it's still a Scapra so the shape is fundamentally pretty similar. You're right, even at the most upright position at 20 degrees, it is quite a bit more aggressive than the other boots in this category. If you feel like you are too far forward you can always shim the toe pieces a little bit. What binding are you using?
Thanks for the feedback Scott. These are much easier than the F1 Evos when they first came out! The tongue pops off the snap right at the ankle to gain space. They also get a little easier with a mold or some breaking in.
I have been interested in this boot for awhile to finally get into a light boot with a great range of motion in walk mode. The problem is my 31.0 shell size. This boot and a few Sportiva models seem to be the only boots in this category made in my size. And even fewer retailers stock these large sizes. I have only been able to find my size in this boot on your site and another online retailer. Is there a reason for this? Should I be concerned that the lighter boots will not work well for bigger people?
How do you guys think this boot compares to the Atomic Backland Carbon? Seems like the Backland Carbon has many of the same slick features, but it will ski a bit stiff and therefore push a ski in the 105mm category?
Hi Coyne, after break-in it may be a touch below the absolute stiffness of the Backland Carbon, but the flex feels a bit more natural in my opinion. I wouldn't say there is a material difference in the ski size you can push around.
I would say in a 28.5 for each the F1 is far more supportive both for aft and edge to edge than the Backland Carbon. Having had both boots, the backland was mushy and unsuportive by comparision IMO. The F1 is essentially as good as a Orange Maestrale for support and power transfer.
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