We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Scarpa F1 Alpine Touring Boot and summarize the results below:
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 18
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Very comfortable and fits your foot like a glove.
- Able to wear for a full day in the backcountry comfortably.
- Lightweight and provides impressive range of motion.
- Skis well, and stiffer than other options at a similar weight.
- Very lightweight and stiff for the performance provided.
- Uses a liner that molds to your feet for performance and comfort.
- The inside liner is more durable than other options on the market.
- Features two velcro power straps and BOA dial to create a snug fit and saves weight over buckles.
- Maintains a high degree of rigidity, letting you drive a ski into difficult snow.
- Comfortable right out of the box.
- Reasonably priced for the quality you get.
- Performs exceptionally well during downhill portions of the run.
- The carbon-fiber frame provides great energy transmission.
- The lean-lock system makes getting in and out of the boot very easy.
- Great on the uphills due to relatively light weight and wide range of motion.
- Also excels at hiking over dirt or snow.
- If you take the time to really crank down on the straps and BOA before skiing, you can get terrific downhill performance out of this boot.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Reports of cracked and broken tongues that requires sending the boot back.
- The tongue may not adjust as much as you need it to.
- Some reports of the BOA system breaking.
- Is not an “ultralight” touring boot but is lighter than most boots that ski well on the down.
- The forward range of motion in walk motion seems a little bit less than some other Scarpa boots.
- Might need to add a custom foot-bed or custom orthotic if you want extra support.
- The fixed tongue makes it a bit more difficult to get on and off when compared to other Scarpa boots.
- The BOA lock can be a little difficult to use with ski gloves on.
- Can be tricky to find the right crampon that fits this boot, although it may just require you testing out different bails.
- The straps and BOA can be a little fiddly.
The Scarpa F1 Alpine Touring Boot strikes a magical balance between downhill performance and lightweight uphill mobility. This, of course, means that it isn’t the best downhill boot, nor is it the best uphill boot, but it will make the majority of backcountry skiers exceedingly happy due to its sportive responsiveness on the down and its lightweight comfort on the up. While the boot is a bit more fiddly than some other options, its strengths far outweigh any weaknesses.