User Review: Scarpa Men's Barun GTX
Materials: leather, gore-tex
Use: backpacking, off trail hiking
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $239
Used these boots out of the box for 16.1 miles without any blisters or any kind of feet discomfort on rough trails with lots of rocks and pebbles. On more than one occasion when running down the mountain these boots have prevented me from spraining an ankle even when i felt i was averting it when laces were kept tight.
Waterproofing is excellent and has kept my feet dry under mountainous snowy conditions in Keystone, CO, walking for hours in the snow. Feet were not cold with a pair of mountaineering socks at -15F.
Have also used these off trail on Mount San Jacinto under snowy conditions in mixed terrain and falling through snow without twisting my ankles. Surprisingly I did not feel my feet hot in Anza-Borrego desert state park with light hiking socks in April with the temperatures in the high 80's.
With all the abuse there is no visible wear and tear on the boots except the dirt that they have accumulated. All in all a great versatile, tough backpacking boot or hiking off trail with great ankle support, excellent waterproofing and no need for break in.