Scarpa Freedom SL 120 WMN ski boot review, 2017/2018 women's Freeride Category, from our equipment experts at powered by Masterfit.

The Scarpa Freedom SL 120 WMN is characterized by a snappy flex feel and a strong move to the inside edge. The Pebax Rnew shell and cuff accounts for the snappy, elastic energy feel of the ski boot's flex—that's the nature of Pebax. The edge power testers feel comes from a slightly bowlegged cuff geometry and an "over-molded" carbon fiber rail in the sole of the lower shell; inside edgy and stiff underfoot added up to trenches in Scarpa's Freedom SL 120 WMN, even on hard snow. "Although this boot hasn't changed much in four years it's still best-in-class," said Kinney.

The simplicity and functionality of the Freedom SL's hike mode mechanism is a category benchmark. The range of travel in hike mode is long and without resistance both forward and rearward. It's these qualities that separate the Freedom SL 120 WMN from its competition for skiers who are serious about actually using this ski boot for off-area tours. "Any lady who does a little on and off area skiing will want this boot," said Carr. Testers placed the Scarpa Freedom SL 120 WMN on the narrow side of the medium group and pointed out that the front half of the lower boot fits like a lot of narrow lasts while the ankle pockets and heel were more relaxed.