At the same time and place every year, the boot wizards at SCARPA emerge from their R&D dungeons to see how their creations are being used. It was during such an emergence they noticed the F1 LT being pushed farther and harder than ever anticipated. With ideas in their heads for the next best thing, they retreated back from whence they emerged, spending the next year testing different brews of boots until finally, they emerged with the F1 XT.
Losing none of the mountaineering chops that made the LT an instant hit but gaining the progressivity found in many heavier options, the F1 XT is a boot that seriously excels in many areas. Keeping the generous 72° range of motion of its siblings, the XT is no slouch on the skin track. The stiff 3D Lambda Torsion Frame technology on the lower combined with the Carbon Grilamid cuff ensures confident and precise performance. Notably, no carbon in the lower means that this boot can be punched and adjusted, unlike the F1 LT, so even the gnarliest bunions can be accommodated. Finally, SCARPA opted for a cuff/instep bucke and burly cam-lock power strap for maximum durability.
If you can’t decide if you’re here for speed touring, mountaineering, or pushing the descent, the F1 XT will fit the bill perfectly.
- Buckles and a cam-lock power strap are stout and durable, especially within this category.
- Race-ready 72° range of motion allows for efficient climbing.
- Simple and clean Speed Lock LT ski/walk mechanism minimizes ice buildup and allows for adjustable forward lean between 11°, 13°, and 15°.
- Optional rear spoiler can further adjust forward lean by ± 2°.
- Grilamid FG LFT lower helps provide a progressive flex and is punchable if need be.
- Moldable liner from Intuition allows for a truly customized fit.
- RECCO helps with search and rescue efforts should you take the wrong turn.
- Italian ancestry.
|Weight (pair)||2240g 
||2 + Cam Buckle Power Strap|
||11°, 13°, 15° ± 2° w/ spoiler|
||Grilamid FG LFT shell, Carbon Grilamid LFT cuff, synthetic cloth tongue|
||Intuition Tour L T2|
||Vibram UFO LT|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Lightweight touring and ski mountaineering with an eye on the downhill|
|Notes||Has a burly cam buckle power strap|
|Bottom Line||A classic touring boot gets a downhill performance boost|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
I’ve had hundreds of days on both the F1LT and the Alien RS and wore a few holes through those gaiters fairly quickly, but although the XT gaiters look burlier (and probably add to the weight) the new gaiters durability sucks in comparison to their lighter predecessors.
It’s a shame because they skin and ski great.
- the gators are pretty much destroyed on both pairs. Pretty standard for this sort of boot but I'm guessing they're less durable than the f1 lt gators. Maybe because they bunch up under the buckle and rip.
- the sole got torn up on the first rock scramble. Again pretty standard, though I'm skeptical of light colored rubber
- I mostly skied without the power strap, it feels too stiff. This should give you a good idea of my style of skiing.
- I think the flex feels a bit more forgiving than the f1 lts and the toe buckle is more secure but less useful on the uphill. I'm not sure this is a good thing. I also think mine tend to have a bit less play in the lock mechanism.
- I got one pair punched for my tailor bunyon but they were only comfortable doing a few mm. This isn't quite enough, and is my main problem with these boots. The tech wasn't convinced that the fiberglass reinforced shell is actually more forgiving than the carbon on on the lts. But maybe it won't crack at the hinge like the lts
- I've skied them back to back with the zg peak carbon. The peak clearly had more lateral stiffness, I think the flex on the XTs is nicer and they ski like a slightly heavier boot ( which they are). Size wise the 27.5 peak is about right in the middle of the 27 and 28 scarpas.
- the black shells suck under summer California sun
You could, and people certainly do, but we wouldn't necessarily recommend it for most skiers/conditions. It would work in powder! But if conditions got less than ideal, you would be very aware that you're in an 1100 gram boot. It would be very much at the limit of the boot.
Really stoked on the combination of these two boots--think I'll be even more stoked w/ the XT
Wearing them side by side, they have pretty different flex profiles. Both have a bit of take-up, and then the XT hits its wall quickly. The wall is fairly strong for a boot of this weight, but there isn't really much beyond it. The Dalbello has a smoother ramp-up into a fairly solid flex, but you sink a ways into it first. I think I would call the XT stiffer-feeling on the floor, but I also think the Dalbello would do a better job of smoothing out variable snow and might ski better for a heavier rider. Also worth noting that there is a lot more room in the cuff of the Dalbello than in the XT. I actually can't get it quite tight enough for my calves (which are skinny) whereas I have plenty of adjustment left in the XT. The fit of the lower shell is very similar.
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