The POWDER staff is attending SIA in Denver this week—the snow sports industry’s biggest trade show, where we are getting a first look at the best gear for skiers. For more reviews and first looks at new gear, go here.
Most touring boots follow the same basic mold—tech fittings on the toe, some variety of rubber sole, ski/walk mode on the calf. Scott goes against the grain with the S1 Carbon, the pièce de résistance of its 17/18 touring line, putting the ski/walk mode in the front of the boot, where the forefoot meets the shin. Combined with carbon fiber, the front placement of the ski/walk mode makes for an uber-stiff touring boot (130 flex) without the need of a carbon tongue. This new technology does come at a price, so start saving your pennies now—the 130 flex version will retail for $999.99.