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J_BergI just bought a pair of Scarpa F1s off a kid who works at Scarpa in Boulder. He said, since the F1 has been out (3-4 years?) he sees 1 to 2 boa repairs come in a year. He mentioned they were normally boots that were beat to fuck.
I did some more research and found that the ski boot boas, especially on the F1, don't undergo the same stresses as the ones on snowboard boots do.
J_BergGranted I got a 31.0, they're not featherlites. Definitely light tho. I think for logging pow laps in meadows, and most midwinter CO bc skiing they'll be great. I've heard good things about them tho in steeps and what not.
I think what a lot of people lose sight of in the backcountry is the approach to your skiing style. Joe shmo who just got his first pair of tech bindings after using his alpine boots in daymakers, isn't gonna be dropping fat lines and shit.
Don't get me wrong though, I've done plenty of flips in my dynafits. So, keep it clean and I think touring gear can handle a lot more than most people believe. Just cuz Cody Townsend is on Solly shifts, doesn't mean you have to be. Oh btw, he still skis regular 10-12 tech bindings on big missions.
/rant over. I just hate seeing some threads where kids are so nervous about touring gear.
J_BergIll report back on the F1s super stoked about how simple the transitions are.
LiteratureWe've sold the hell out of the F1 for years at the shop I work at; we've seen one Boa come back mangled. Just one.
I think you'll be good.