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Outside Magazine, Gear Junkie, Gear Institute cite combination
of weight, performance in SCARPA’s new ski-touring boot.
BOULDER, Colo.– SCARPA’s new F1 Evo ski-touring boot, which is new for Fall 2014 and offers a unique pairing of light weight, downhill ski performance, and new technology in alpine-touring boots, earned three media awards at the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show.
The three awards, Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Show Award, Gear Junkie’s Best in Show Award, and Gear Institute’s Best New Gear Award, call out the most groundbreaking new gear shown each season at the Outdoor Retailer show.
“Every winter, alpine touring boots get lighter, stiffer, more comfortable, and way easier to use. But it’s not that often that we hear about one being a ‘game changer,” Outside Magazine’s editors write in bestowing their award. “As a result, we were skeptical when SCARPA claimed that its F1 Evo boot transitions automatically from hyper flexy walk more to a respectably stiff ski mode when clicked into tech bindings. But then we stepped into the boots, clicked into bindings, and became believers.”
Along with its remarkable performance to weight ratio, a 95 flex index combined with 62 degrees range of angle motion at 2 pounds, 7 ounces per boot, the F1 Evo’s automatic, Tronic ski/walk mode turned heads at the show. The hands-free Tronic mechanism switches automatically from to ski to walk mode and vice versa based on whether the heel is locked into the binding.
Designed for the touring-focused skier who wants ultimate performance and function in a super-light package, the F1 Evo 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.
Notably, given all of the technology offered in the F1 Evo, boot will retail for $699.
About SCARPA and SCARPA North America
Founded in 1938, SCARPA builds performance footwear for climbing, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, trail running and other outdoor pursuits from its headquarters in Asolo, Italy. SCARPA has been owned and operated by the Parisotto family since 1956. In 2005, SCARPA opened its North American headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, staffed and directed by veterans of the North American outdoor industry, to oversee sales, marketing and distribution in the U.S., Canada and South America. For more information about SCARPA footwear, visit www.scarpa.com.