I am a creature of habit. I’m old and set in my ways. I like things to be what I expect them to be. Change can be scary, and when I was approached about reviewing the Scarpa F1 alpine touring ski boot, I was beyond skeptical — perhaps even a little scared.
I have been skiing with stiff boots for as long as I can remember. From Atomic race boots and Salomon SX91s way back in the day to Flexon Comps, Technica TNTs, Dynafit Titans and my current set up, the Scarpa Maestrale RS, I like to know exactly what my boots are going to do, and I’m all about the downhill. I am perfectly willing to put in the extra effort on the ascent to have complete confidence in my boots when facing the myriad conditions one finds in the backcountry.