Scarpa Freedom RS 130 ski boot review, 2017/2018 men's Freeride Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

Performance? Impressive is the word to use here. The Scarpa Freedom RS 130 is constructed with lightweight Pebax Rnew plastic in the lower shell with an over molded carbon fiber rail in the sole to set the ski boot's powerful foundation for energy transmission to the ski, which testers assert is best of class. Add to that a stiff Grilamid upper cuff linked to the lower via a bombproof metal-to-metal cuff release mechanism, and you've got a powerful beast of a ski boot. "Race boot personality in a backcountry body," said Stewart of the Scarpa Freedom RS 130. "Hard to believe a boot this light can offer so much muscle!" The range of travel in hike mode is long and free of resistance both forward and rearward; if a skier is serious about actually using an area-based boot for legit tours, Freedom RS 130 should be on his short list.

But be aware, the medium width Freedom RS 130 fits like most of the narrow class boots we tested with a particularly tight toebox, forefoot and heel. The cuff fits tall along the leg and has an abruptly firm feel on the shin at boot top. So, Scarpa Freedom RS 130 is not an easy peasy medium fit out of the box. Liner molding is recommended and average feet may still need some boot work, but testers say it's worth it. "There are many boots trying to fill this niche, but the Freedom RS is still one of the best," according to Kipp.