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Created with design input from big-mountain ski pioneer Chris Davenport, the Freedom SL is the new vanguard in Freeride ski boots. Combining high-performance, touring compatibility, and a category-leading cuff range (27 degrees), SCARPA has created a truly multipurpose all mountain machine. SCARPA’s proprietary Carbon Core Technology yields a 120 flex index and alpine performance, and is bolstered by a custom Intuition® liner for warmth and comfort. It’s finished with superior walk ergonomics, all at 3lbs 13oz per boot (size 27). Interchangeable soles that are bolted through the carbon-fiber frame offer compatibility with any ski binding, from alpine to tech bindings, in a design that improves strength and power transfer to the ski, whether you’re charging a resort’s testpieces or tackling big lines in the backcountry. Meet the world’s most versatile ski boot.
SizingSCARPA Sizing Chart
Measure your foot with a ruler, using cm or inches; convert to Euro or US using this chart. If you need mondo sizing, please refer to the SCARPA chart on this page/tab. We recommend you purchase two sizes, the size you think you are plus one .5 size bigger for fit testing at home. As long as the products are in like new condition and the packaging is 100% intact, we will credit you for the returned product.
General fitting rules depend on the product's intended use... follow the appropriate guidelines below for best results.
- The bigger/heavier/more supportive the product, the more you may want to upsize .5 - 1full size. Lighter, softer, more supple shoes can be sized closer to your measured size.
- Note: SCARPA Plastic mountain boots all use UK sizing; UK converts easily: 1 full size smaller than US men's size, 2 sizes smaller than US women's size.
- Try on with appropriate socks for your usage. The bigger the boot, the more appropriate a bigger sock (sounds crazy, huh?)
- If you use orthotics or already have aftermarket footbeds, measure against the standard footbed in boot. Fit into boot for sizing/fitting the boot.
- Best to try on at the end of the day when your feet are larger/swollen, than when your feet are fresh to ensure good fit after a long day.
- Lacing can play an incredibly important part of a good fit. Be sure to play with lacing when analyzing fit.
- Make sure your heel isn't slipping.
- Make sure your toes aren't hitting the end.
**Approach shoes may be sized smaller for performance purposes but beware... small shoes are really uncomfortable on the trail.
Rock climbing shoes
- From your measured size, you'll want to consider downsizing .5 - 2 full sizes. The flatter the shoe, the closer to your measured size; the more downturned/aggressive the shoe, the more you'll want to downsize.
- The best fit is comparative between sizes and only you will be able to judge that, though an experience climber could offer good insights to your fit.
- If it feels painful, it may break in... or it may not.
- Pain sucks as a rule of thumb though and makes climbing miserable.
- Only you can judge what's 'acceptable' discomfort.
- Good fitting rock shoes shouldn't necessarily be 'comfortable' by walking/running shoe standards.
- Look for looseness/bagginess in the toes and heel. Bagginess can mean 'slop' when climbing with feet perspiring, etc.
- Toes should completely fill the toebox.
- Heel should feel solid; like they won't pull off if heel hooking.
- Any foot movement in new shoes will mean sloppy fit when broken in.
- From your measured foot, convert to US size using the scale. Translate the US size to Mondo size using the SCARPA mondo scale (not 'true' mondo conversion)
- Shell fit: taking liner out of the shell and inserting foot, toes touching end of shell but completely flat.
- Should have 1.5 - 2 fingers of space behind heel and heel of shell (between 14mm - 20mm)
- Too little space = go up one shell
- Too much space = go down one shell
- If not sure... fit test BOTH shell sizes
- Put on a ski sock for gosh sake!
- Use and orthotic? Put it the boot (after taking out the standard footbed).
- Put foot in boot AND BUCKLE IT! You can not tell a boot fit without buckling it
- This will pull your heel back into the heel pocket, relieving cramped toe space
- Boots do pack out! A 'comfy' fit when new will mean slop later.
- Regardless, your toes should NOT be pressed against the end of the liner
- Get your Intuition liners molded! This provides THE BEST FIT available.
- Any minor pressure points or space will be eliminated by molding
- Find an experience SCARPA dealer for fitting/molding
- Boot fitting is an incredible service and generally requires a service fee of varying amounts... it's worth it though!
More good information fitting available here.
- Flex Index: 120
- Range of Motion: 27°
- Inner Boot: FR Speed
- Shell | Cuff | Tongue: Pebax® Renew
- Buckles: 4 + FR Power Strap
- Forward Lean: 10° - 18°
- Sole: Vibram® Mountain Plus
- Weight: 1799g; 3lbs 15oz (1/2 pair size 27)
- Size: 24.5 – 31
- Binding System: AT/TLT; Alpine optional
- Forefoot Last Width: 101mm
- Product Code: 12008/501
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Anonymous Feb 26, 2014
This is by far the most versatile boot to hit the Freeride/Touring genre to date. It is stiff enough to handle the big lines, but light enough to not hold you back on the hikes and tours. The walk mode provides a great range of motion and because the boots natural position is ski mode, you do not have to worry about that untimely shift to walk mode while skiing. I just finished a 20+ mile traverse through the Talkeenta Mountains in AK (Bomber Traverse) in this boot and it nailed it! With over 10,000 feet of ascending and descending on the trip and major temperature swings, the boot handled it all with ease.
Anonymous Dec 19, 2013
Scarpa's Freedom SL Freeride Boot is probably the most diverse boot to hit the freerdie touring boot market yet. It is quite stiff for it's incredibly lite weight, and really allows you to power a ski. Touring, boot packing, or just shredding around the resort; these activities and more are all well within the wheel house of this boot quiver in one! www.vimeo.com/82067983 http://tetonfreeride.com/2013/12/19/home-in-the-tetons/
Chris Davenport Oct 30, 2013
Disclaimer first- I was closely involved in the design and testing of the Freedom boot series. My main goals with this boot were to have incredible fit with a low-volume shell, light weight, and high performance both in ski mode and in walk mode. We have achieved all of these in spades and I couldn't be happier with the final product. This boot was the talk of the Outdoor Retailer and SIA shows and is living up to the hype. The Pebax shell feels like a smooth and even-flexing race boot. It barely changes it's feel when the temperatures fluctuate. The custom Intuition liner is super comfy and very warm, and that's coming from someone who has had cold toes for 30 years. In walk mode the ankle flexion is remarkable, and it's super-easy to switch from one mode to the other unlike many internal mechanisms on other brands. This boot is equally at home charging in-bounds terrain as it is on a nice backcountry tour or 3000' bootpack. I have spent over 120 days in both the Pebax Freedom SL and the P/U Freedom and can honestly say it's the most comfortable boot line I've ever been in. And finally, the fact that you can easily switch the soles to accommodate your alpine bindings or tech-type bindings is a bonus. And there is NO flex in the connection of the sole to the shell. It's solid! Be Safe and Ride On! Chris Davenport
Anonymous Oct 29, 2013
This performs like a high quality alpine boot... with a huge touring mode. Unbelievably light too. Incredible work, Dav and Scarpa.
Anonymous Oct 25, 2013
It's still early but I managed to get a few days of touring and skiing in these. Fit out of the box was fine for me so I used them that way. They tour very well with good range of motion. Between the buckles, the power strap and the touring catches the fit on the up has a lot of room for adjustment. The extra weight compared to a Maestrale RS was not significant for about 2000' of climbing. I love the new powerblock cuff locking mechanism. It's a big improvement over previous Scarpa boots. On the down I skied powder that gradually transitioned to a semi-supportive sun crust. Moving slow, dinged a rock or two. Even in the sun crust these boots have the strength to drive a 120 underfoot ski. Plenty of stiffness both forward and lateral without being overwhelming. Not quite like a Hurricane Pro but close enough. I felt like the power transfer from boot to ski was smooth and responsive. Not much detail, I know. I've been waiting a long time for Scarpa to put tech fittings in their top of the line freeride boot. This will be my everyday ride this winter inbounds, bc and at work in the rockies and the chugach.
- Anonymous Feb 26, 2014