Scarpa Freedom SL Women's (2016)
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Our test team called the Freedom SL the “Best one-boot quiver for hard-charging women as interested in going uphill as down.” Crisp, racy power and quickness are paired with light weight and huge touring range of motion to make this a BFF for skiers who regularly venture beyond area boundaries for day-long or even multi-day missions. The Scarpa fit varied for our team, who bounced between their normal size and a step-down. Those who took advantage of the model’s slightly longer fit in the toebox to drop down a size, found a form-fitting narrow feel. Those who stuck with their normal size experienced a Medium fit with extra toe room. For those doing extended tours, the latter is the go-to option as creating more toe length in the thin Pebax lower boot is tricky for even the best bootfitters. Note that even our veteran test team experiences some confusion over sizing with Scarpa due to the fact that the brand’s shell length changes on the half-size (i.e. the 24.5 and the 25.0 are the same sole length at 287mm). The Freedom SL series merits try-on with a topnotch bootfitter to ensure you get the desired fit.