In his WildSnow review of the Scarpa F1 LT, Adam Fabrikant gave us a thorough field test and analysis. Upon seeing what he’d written, and checking the specs, I realized this boot might be the one-kilo-class shoe I’ve been seeking to replace the heavier boots necessitated by my healing ankle (took a while, good now). I don’t seek redundancy with Adam’s coverage, but instead here is my first-look, fitting, and a few mods, all from my point of view as an older guy with a few physical problems. To begin, follow along as I make these puppies work for my feet, and my mind.
(Please note, I’m beginning my evaluation and fitting with a pre-retail version of the F1 LT, as Adam did. If I like them, I’ll shift to the retail-production version when it’s available, ostensibly in a month or two. To be fair to Scarpa, let’s assume the production version will be somewhat improved. I’ll edit this review when such information comes to light.)
Now let’s fit these guys:
That was it for fitting. No shell punches, no added padding. Yet, anyway. I’ll close with a few observations, mostly having to do with fitting. Field testing will commence in November, clouds willing.
Conclusion: With its weight in the one-kilo range, an external lean lock (reliable, we assume) and simplified closure that eliminates the tricky nature of “one motion” race boot systems, we’re confident the F1 LT is a winner. Yes, you’ll need to ski them as you would other boots with a limit to their progressive flex, and you might find them overly roomy. But tweak the fit to your desired feel, fiddle with the cuff lean and give the Boa a chance. From all I can see, you’ll be fine.
Size reviewed: 28
Weight per boot, without footbed: 1084 grams
Heat punching results, pre-retail test boot
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.