The boot crew at Scott must have opened their minds by reading French philosophy, I mean REALLY opened their minds, as they certainly went off the farm with this one. A “clamshell” boot that opens at the front and rear isn’t a new concept. (A modified “rear entry” cuff system, if you will.) But to the best of my knowledge this type of shell design in a dedicated ski touring boot has not been attempted for decades.
So, the Scott designers clearly went off the farm. Question is, did they move to another farm, one where guys with white coats bring you meals and you have to pay to get out? Nope, I think they’ve got a viable concept here. Overall, Scott S1 130 is easily the most innovative ski touring boot I’ve seen in some time. That is, in public, anyhow (smile). The swap sole is killer. If they free up the tongue a bit so it hinges better in touring mode, the front lean-lock could be a smart solution to the eternal dilemma of “tongue boot touring stride resistance.”
Weight, one boot, 28-28.5 BSL 316, 52 ounces, 1478 grams.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.