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.
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.
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.
I bought these after I wore out the liners (and had trouble finding a replacment--finally ordedred Tourlites from Palau in France) and busted a rivet (eventually replaced) on my TLT6M. Fit is slightly tighter than the TLT6, more roomy in the forefoot than the TLT5--fine for me. I prefer the Boa over the single buckle on the TLT6--easily to adjust finely for striding and for skiing down; gives a more secure feeling along the forefoot--more of a feeling than an effect tho. Likewise I like the finely adjustable cuff/stap buckle, very nice. I also prefer the external lean lock compared to the lock on the TLT6 (I do use the mylar tubing on occasion to keep the TLT6 tight w/o lean locking). It is about 1 lb heavier than my stripped down TLT6. I removed the power strap and threw it away and put the attachment things on Booster straps which I carry in my pack (I have intermediate Booster straps for my TLT6 and for my F1s and expert Booster straps for my Mercuries and Dalbello Panterra 120s). The ramp angle seems to be significantly less than in my TLT6, resulting in some backseat driving until I adjust the binding delta. Both boots walk and climb fine.
I have the Maestrale (in 29.5) and I think you convinced me to stay with the same size in the f1. However I have heard that I may have troubles using my skis interchangeably between the two boots. Is this something I should be concerned about? How much variation is in the shell length between the two boots?
Hey Wes! Yes, absolutely. Maintaining a proper heel gap is critical to a properly functioning binding. Assuming a 29.5/30.0 shell in both the F1 and Maestrale 2.0 (latest edition that we carry here) and taking into account the offset toe fittings in the F1, the functional difference in length is 15mm, which is easily enough to necessitate some adjustment. That being said, there is a chance your binding has enough boot sole adjustment built-in and all it would take is a Torx or socket wrench to get it adjusted properly.
Hey Eric! We have a boat load of options and most of them tend to fit pretty well actually, we haven't found any compatibility issues with the F1 and any crampons. If you plan to be booting on snow almost exclusively and don't plan on doing a ton of pure ice and rock beyond just a quick scramble then the Petzl Leopard or Camp Race 290 are sweet! Otherwise the Camp XLC NanoTech is a great light 'n fast crampon where you may encounter more than just snow and the Petzl Irvis Hybrid and Grivel SkiMatic 2.0 are awesome lightweight "technical" crampons!
Is it possible to perform a navicular punch on these boots? I have flat feet and use blue superfeet in my punched TLT6s (with navicular cut-outs in the liners as well) to achieve an excellent fit. The F1s fit my feet wonderfully with the exception of my naviculars, but I noticed that the necessary punch would be in the middle of their striped "carbon core" section of the ankle. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get a solid answer about this yet from any other shops and would appreciate the help!