I’d never worn these before I spent a week in them in the Cairngorms in October, and they performed wonderfully on light snow, without any issues (there was a lot of Scarpa love in my group).

They are typical 3-4 season boots in that they are great for winter hillwalking, but you wouldn’t use them to climb the Eiger in. The fit is secure, especially so at the forefoot thanks to a voluminous and warm tongue – these are cold weather boots. Yet the cushioned tongue doesn’t impede the lacing system that is among the best here as the first hook locks the forefront laces so you can then adjust the ankle as you like. The upper is leather and – smiley face – has no waterproof membrane (these got very wet and there wasn’t a hint of ingress), but were pretty scuffed after a week on steep ground. I’ll wax them again.

The Vibram Biometric sole is chunky and positive on bog, rock and snow. There’s a nice rock when walking in them despite the very stiff sole and weight (above average). I found them extremely comfortable even after five days and a lot of miles, but they are heavy at 2,159g (size 11) – the main reason why Mammut pipped them to the Best Buy. The Italian build is excellent, and I expect them to last me a long time. Just as well!

First published: Jan 2014

Overview

  • Overall: 4-5 out of 5

Pros: fit, lacing, no membrane, build quality

Cons: weight, price

  • Details: PRICE: Ј230 WEIGHT: 2159g (size 11) UPPERS: Leather LINING: Cocona MIDSOLE: PU with TPU shank OUTSOLE: Vibram Biometric FLEX: Very stiff SIZES: 41-50 ORIGIN: Italy
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