Gear Review: SCOTT Freeguide Carbon Ski Boot

Martin Kuprianowicz | BackcountryBackcountry | Gear ReviewGear Review
The SCOTT Freeguide Carbon Touring Boot. | Photo courtesy of SCOTT

The Freeguide Carbon ski boot is the new standard in free touring ski boots. The incredible fit of the carbon fiber shell offers precise and powerful energy transmission for ultimate downhill performance. The walkability of the boots is permitted by an integrated ski/walk mechanism and a 2-part tongue that allows a 60° cuff rotation. The all-new Boa inner liner ensures exceptional comfort keeping your feet warm and delivering precision with the micro-adjustable locking system.

I’ve been testing these ski boots over the course of the past month and I haven’t been disappointed once. The carbon construction makes these ski boots feel as light as tennis shoes. They perform as well as any alpine ski boot I’ve ever worn and skied down the mountain with. The Boa inner liner can tighten to make the boots a flex of your choice, and cranked all the way up they get pretty darn tight—perfect for steep, technical terrain where you need as much flex as you can get. But they’re also comfy and great for mellow tours in powder or even walking on the pavement to and from the car. These are my go-to ski touring boots for any condition. I’ll be using them well into the Spring for all the big objectives ahead.

Photo courtesy of SCOTT

Features:

– Dual-action tongue
– Integrated rear hook ski/walk mechanism
– Full-length Skywalk rubber sole
– BOA® Fit System
– Thermo and Memo fit liner foam

Key features:

– Powerfree Carbon Grilamid®
– Lightweight carbon
– Two-part tongue for mobility
– BOA® Fit System liner
– Integrated rear ski/walk mechanism
– Full-length Skywalk rubber sole

Specifications:

– Composition: powerfree carbon
– Grilamid® mix + carbon fiber
– Cabrio hybrid construction
– Dual-action tongue
– Flex index: 130
– Last width: 101mm
– Forward lean: 15°
– Cuff rotation: 60°
– Liner: freeguide with boa® fit system
– Closure: 2 ergal® micro-adjustable buckles + power strap buckle
– System: iso 9523 touring (UNI) Dynafit® certified tech inserts
– Approx weight: 1455g

Technology:

– Liner with boa® fit system: the easy and quick boa fit system allows a precise fitting in minimal time. the first SCOTT liner with a boa fit system features an ultra-precise and convenient liner closing system. you get precision for the downhill and comfort when skinning up or hiking.

– Dual action tongue: The newly developed Dual Action Tongue allows an easy step in and out of the boot. Due to the flexibility of the tongue, it follows the movement when in walk mode and is fully linked to the cuff when skiing, which results in a more progressive flex.
– Full-length skywalk rubber sole: The all-new Skywalk rubber sole is a distinctive touring and mountaineering ski boot feature. The thin but robust rubber accomplishes precise movements on any terrain.

– Thermo liner: the thermo liner is pre-fit for an instant sensation of precision and comfort. it’s also possible to thermoform the liner to your feet for even more precision and comfort. made from lightweight and warm material, the liner increases mobility and breathability.

– Integrated ski walk mechanism: easy to operate, the new integrated rear mechanism combines strength and stability by blocking the cuff in ski mode, with total freedom when skinning or walking.

– Powerfree carbon: the new power-free shell features an ultra-precise free touring boot with a 101.5mm last. the carbon fiber reinforcement increases the stiffness and performance of the boots. The lightweight of the boot is achieved by using the material only where it´s needed.

Photo courtesy of SCOTT

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