Best Of The Best… ‘Top Gear’ Of The Year

Auto-Adjust Ski Boot — A new take on alpine-touring ski boots, the F1 Evo from Scarpa can sense its position in a binding: With the heel locked down, it is set in a stiff “ski” mode; when the heel comes out, the boot switches automatically to a flexible “walk” position for uphill travel.

We tested the high-end boots (which have a carbon-fiber frame, a Boa closure system, and an overall light weight at about 2 pounds, 7 ounces per boot) in Colorado and can vouch for their innovative design and performance on the slopes — going up and down.

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