With their confident turquoise uppers, these boots suggest you are off somewhere exciting. They don’t take a rigid crampon, but they tackle anything bar full-on winter with ease. They lace all the way to the reasonably-narrow toes, and the lacing locks halfway, so you can get a nice supportive fit for techy trails, especially with the clever external exoskeleton that adds lateral stiffness without adding too much weight. They are reasonably stiff but feel nimble, neat and light. They edge well, have full protective rand and there’s a forefront climbing zone, so they really feel at home scrambling, too. You definitely get all-day comfort from Scarpa’s sock fit – the tongue and collar are made from the same piece of stretchy Schoeller fabric, so the tongue doesn’t slip and everything feels snug. The lining isn’t Gore-Tex, it’s Outdry – Outdry claim that their breathable-waterproof method is lighter and longer-lasting than Gore-Tex – it has certainly performed at least as well as Gore-Tex so far. Weight 1150g per pair.
► Verdict: Brilliant for demanding treks, mountain walks and scrambles.
► Best for: Techy trails, scrambling, having exciting-looking feet.
Review by Sarah Stirling