Scarpa Alpha

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



A solid performer. Great on a snowy approach and great…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $119


A solid performer. Great on a snowy approach and great for technical pitches of ice and rock. They have a low ankle collar to allow for gymnastic moves. I don't use them very often due to it being a warmer climate where I go for alpine climbing trips, but when I do use them, I'm satisfied.


  • Affordable
  • Versatile
  • Quality is good


  • Run a little small

Scarpa Alphas work well for all conditions but the most extreme cold. They work well with most crampon types and are lightweight for a double boot.

They seem to fit at the indicated size. I have a medium wide foot and they seem to fit fine width-wise. My street shoe size is 11.5, however, I was able to wear size 11 US men's Scarpa Alpha boots just fine with no issues.

The Scarpa Alphas I have are size 11 and they are comfortable when wearing a liner sock and mid-weight insulation sock based on a person who may have a regular feet to slightly wide feet.

These boots are good to go for cold season climbs and colder summer climbing in lots of mushy wet snow during approach hikes and low angle mountaineering.


The Scarpa Alpha, an amazing double plastic boot.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Plastic
Use: High altitude, cold weather mountaineering/ winter Alpinism/ expedition climbing
Break-in Period: None, they are ready to use right away, and fit snugly straight away as well
Weight: 900 grams
Price Paid: 75 Euro

The Scarpa Alpha, an amazing double plastic boot. Thanks to its plastic outer shell and carbon fiber footbed, it's incredibly light, (at 900 grams!) actually one of the, if not the, lightest mountaineering boots on the market.

And considering it has much better insulation and is much warmer than any other lightweight shoes, it's really worth it's 5 star rating. And it's amazingly warm, thanks to the thick insulated inner shoe, making it well suited for alpine winter climbing or high altitude expeditions.

Its sole is as stiff as concrete, and together with its toe and heel bail it's perfectly suited for any type of crampon, from lightweight flexible walking crampons to fully rigid technical ice climbing crampons.

On top of all of this, I was even actually that incredibly lucky that they were on a bargain, from 320 Euro for an incredible 75 Euro! Obviously I bought me a pair straight away, they are now an addition to my Koflach Verticals, both plastics.


Great boot, very warm and dry. Automatic crampon compatible.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: Plastic
Use: Mountaineering, Ice Climbing
Break-in Period: one hike
Price Paid: $200

Great boot, very warm and dry. Automatic crampon compatible. The only problem I have is tightening them really tight. I got them on sale for $200--great buy for that price.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Seen on the feet of competiton ice climbers, mixed climbers and vertical-ice climbers, the Alpha has quickly proven itself to be the best hybrid boot ever made. Designed to combine the sensitivity of leather boots with the precision of plastic boots, the Alpha is light, flexible and warm. It’s built on a leather-boot last and has a low-profile rubber sole which places your foot close to the terrain, increasing sensitivity. The thermoplastic carbon-fiber midsole is rigid and lightweight—and the tounge is made of a soft plastic to reduce shin bang and provide a smooth forward flex. The cuff is lower than most conventional boots and the collar is made of soft Cordura®, giving you a larger range of motion as you scum, hook and work your way to the top. Inners have been stripped of any extraneous material and there are no internal seams to dig into your skin. A speed lacing system seals up the Alpha and sends you on your way. Scarpa Alpha Features: Sleek, flexible boot for precision footwork, feel and touch Lightweight plastic shell lessens fatigue and keeps your foot close to the terrain OMC Shoe Buyer says: ... Sizing Conversion Chart

- OMCgear

Trim and light, the Alpha was designed to mesh the best characteristics of leather boots with those of plastic boots. The word that best describes the Alpha is precise. Created on a leather boot last, the boot is form fitting - giving you a precise feel f

- Moosejaw

Precise, form-fitting ice boots from Scarpa are designed to be light and sensitive for tough technical climbs. Precision-molded to hug your feet, with wet-grip Skywalk rubber sole and strong thermoplastic and carbon fiber inserts. Lower-cut stretch Cordura

- Sierra Trading Post

Scarpa Alpha


The Alpha has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$79.95 - $330.65

The Scarpa Alpha is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen May 11, 2008 at GearTrade.

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