Everyone has their own idea when it comes to the important features their walking boots must possess. Without a doubt no one would disagree with the fact walking boots have to be comfortable, durable and able to withstand the weather.
Having had the Scarpa Terra GTX for 1 year and taken them up mountains in Snowdonia and through rivers in Yellowstone. I believe I’m in a very good position to give my unbiased opinion.
Having tried on over ten brands of walking boots during the discovery process, only one stood out as a comfortable first fit. It’s soft lining feels as though your foot slides into a down pocket, it’s like foot heaven. Most shoes I expect to be a little uncomfortable at first but there was no wearing in period from my experience.
I completely understand fit is so personal but having spoke to other Scarpa owners everyone says the same thing so they must be getting something right. I have a high arch and they fit really well for me.
The sole is the least substantial thing about this boot, and from what I can gather it’s because it’s the entry level hiking boot Scarpa product. It has a Vibram sole which is renowned for it’s waterproofing. I’ve tested on wet slippery rocks, shale hillsides and haven’t had any issues from my everyday use. It doesn’t have deep grooves for grip which could cause issues when pushing it to the limit on steep hikes.
These boots use GoreTex combined with a tough leather to ensure water hasn’t got a chance of ruining your hike. I’ve not had a single instance of water leakage, these are 100% waterproof.
These are really lightweight boots at 1210g, the next boot up in the Scarpa range is 1578g which is almost 400g heavier and very noticeable. After walking around for hours on end you don’t get a heavy feeling in your foot. A really good all day boot, I rarely need to stop and feel the need to take these off, unlike boots of the past!
As I mentioned these boots are great and can be worn all day, even in 30 degree heat you won’t suffer in these boots.
I know this review may sound overly positive, I only seem to review things when I like them. If you have any questions let me know in the comments below.