Outside Magazine and Backcountry Magazine this month bestowed their top editorial gear awards on SCARPA’s F1 Evo, a new ski-touring boot for Fall 2014 that offers a unique pairing of light weight, downhill ski performance, and new technology in its category. The Outside award is particularly notable in that the F1 Evo is the first ski boot to ever win a Gear of the Year Award from the publication.
“Normally, we give the highest award in this category to a ski. But when the product that every tester can’t stop talking about is a boot, you listen,” Outside’s editors wrote.
Outside and Backcountry both heralded the fact that the hands-free Tronic ski/walk mechanism on the F1 Evo makes it the first boot to automatically switch from a locked cuff (ski mode) to cuff that pivots for touring (walk mode) based on whether or not the heel of the boot is locked into the binding.
They also lauded its pairing of light weight, stiff flex, and ease of use. The F1 Evo has a remarkable performance to weight ratio: a 95 flex index combined with 62 degrees range of motion in the ankle, all at 2 pounds, 7 ounces per boot.
“The real kicker: it weighs less and skis better — both up and down — than many other boots in its class. Bravo, SCARPA,” Outside’s editors wrote.
Backcountry called the Tronic ski/walk mechanism “game changing. This could be the biggest development in AT boots, ever. Great ski mountaineering boot for the all-day tourer.”
The two newest awards follow on the heels of three other media awards given to the F1 Evo during this past January’s Outdoor Retailer show, where the boot was first debuted to retailers. Those included Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Show Award, Gear Junkie’s Best in Show Award, and Gear Institute’s Best New Gear Award, all accolades that call out the most groundbreaking new gear shown each season at the OR show.
Designed for the touring-focused skier who wants ultimate performance and function in a super-light package, the F1 Evo also uses SCARPA’s Carbon Core Technology, a carbon-fiber frame that runs the length of the boot under the foot and provides stiffness for ultimate power transfer to the ski while retaining the progressive flex skiers seek in the upper boot. Closure and adjustment of the boot is achieved with a combination of a Boa closure system on the lower boot and a buckle and power strap combination on the upper boot. Inside, a heat-moldable Intuition liner features a flex zone for excellent mobility. Men’s and women’s specific versions are available. The F1 Evo retails for $699.
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