Loving it here at WildSnow Utah HQ when ski boot companies actually innovate rather than building stuff based on thirty year old designs. Witness, the new Scott S1 candidates.
Backstory: In my opinion _the_ grail of tongue type ski boot shell design is solving the problem of providing a stiff tongue for the downhill, while getting it out of the way when you’re striding uphill. Basic method is to simply unbuckle and hope for the best. Another method is the removable tongue. Still others have tried funky plastic zippers, mechanical latches and probably other non-solutions best forgotten.
Well, here in the new Scott S1 we have a clearly innovative solution that defines thinking outside the box.
The new design doubtless took a world of detail work in getting to the manufacturing stage, but the concept is simple (as good solutions often are). Idea, simply move the lean lock to a hinged tongue and leave the rear cuff-scaffo interface to do what it wants. It’s all externally visible, so the pictures tell the story.
S1 line comprises three models: Carbon Pro has a leather covered liner that’ll stand up to heavy use, Carbon is same but with your normal thermo liner. Carbon Longfiber model will be slightly less money and is perhaps not quite as stiff. They’re around 1,300 grams per boot, sample weight. That’s in there with what we like to see in mass for this type of boot.