Last year's Freedom SL was the biggest, baddest boot that Scarpa had ever made, so what did Scarpa go and do this year' Oh, just came up with an even burlier and beefier offering that can climb like a goat and shred like a freeride boot, so you can charge lines that used to be reserved for jump-turning weight weenies. Called the Freedom RS (Rocket Sauce' We're not sure.), the new boot is nominally an alpine touring boot, but that designation is belied by the 130 flex, carbon-reinforced Pebax Rnew shell, and race-inspired polyamide cuff that put a premium on downhill awesomeness. When you're skiing, the RS feels like a pure alpine boot, thanks in part to the reinforced race-style upper of the Intuition Cross Fit Ride RS liner, but its Ride Power Block XT Ski/Hike switch gives you 25 degree of killer cuff rotation, so you can make short work of skintracks and ridge hikes. The burliness of the Power Block gives you a rock-solid feel when you're punching big faces at high speed, and the removable spoiler and adjustable forward lean let you customize your setup to achieve maximum uphill efficiency and downhill power. Around your feet and ankles, the Cross Fit Ride liner provides heat-moldable comfort, and the four micro-adjustable buckles let you fine tune the fit for all-day comfort and skiing precision. Scarpa topped the RS off with a big ol' power strap to let you drive your skis as hard as you can handle and also made sure the grippy Vibram Mountain Plus tech soles were removable, so you can pop them off and replace them with traditional alpine soles if you're spending the week terrorizing in-bounds terrain.
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