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Scarpa Freedom SL

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Designed in a women-specific last, the women's Scarpa Freedom SL randonee boots mix stiff progressive flex, light weight and a vast cuff motion for best-in-class all-mountain performance. Boots feature lightweight Pebax(R) Rnew plastic that is made from castor plant oil rather than petroleum as most plastics are. Pebax Rnew performs exceptionally well across a wide range of temperatures, ensuring consistent flex, strength and stability. Weighing in at only 3,040g (6 lbs. 11 oz.) per pair for a size mondo 25, the Freedom SL boots are remarkably light among the freeride boot category. Boots employ Scarpa's patented Carbon Core Technology, which molds the lower boot around a carbon fiber frame to stiffen the boot without adding cumbersome weight. 27deg of cuff range allows for efficient walking and touring; two-part design allows 7deg resistance-free back flex and 20deg of forward flex. Overlap closure with two upper cuff buckles and two lower cuff buckles, and a low-profile 101mm forefoot last contribute great power transfer. Intuition FR Speed liners put resilient, lightweight and warm custom moldable foam into a mutlidensity alpine-style liner that matches the power and tourability of the boot. Forward lean is 14deg, with plus or minus 4deg of adjustability. Vibram(R) injected rubber outsoles provide good grip when you're walking. Vibram Mountain Plus soles are compatible with all randonee bindings, including Dynafit-style tech bindings. Scarpa Freedoom SL randonee boots for women include adjustable spoilers and oversized power straps.

- REI

The Scarpa Women's Freedom SL Alpine Touring Boot is Queen of the Mountain in the Scarpa freeride line. It's the burliest, with a 120 flex index, but almost a pound lighter than the standard Freedom. The SL also uses a lighter Intuition liner and more aggressive sole. Compared to Scarpa's touring boots, the Freedom SL is more versatile (added alpine capability) and it's stiffer and more powerful, but it does weigh more than the cream-of-the-crop AT. It has a Ride Power Block that delivers frictionless motion for efficient climbing and locks in back support for superpower transmission on the downhill. For the woman who need a boot that can charge off the lift in alpine bindings or slip efficiently into the backcountry with Tech (TLT) bindings, the Freedom SL has few equals. And then there's the fit. Rather than rebadge the men's version with a little pink and a soft flex, Scarpa's engineers made the last a little smaller and the cuff a little lower to match the shape and size of a woman's foot and calf. The Pbax Rnew shell overlaps for gap-less fit. Its Carbon Core technology wraps it around a bomber carbon frame for lightweight and allover stiffness for precision control. The Intuition FR Speed liner boot is molded with the shell for a seamless fit and optimally powerful performance, key in making the distinction between a competent alpine/AT boot and one that kills it. The 101-millimeter anatomic last features Axial Power Control for lateral stiffness and sensitivity. The interchangeable Vibram sole gives you lugged tenacity when hiking over scree or down-climbing into a rocky chute. You'll feel the advantage in an instant and respond with a peaceful mind. After all, you don't want to charge down a finger chute with already-frayed nerves. This is called Freedom.

- Backcountry.com