User Review: Scarpa Men's Charmoz GTX
Materials: Gore-tex, synthetic, vibram
Use: Alpine, day hikes, scrambling, via ferrata, soloing
Break-in Period: 10 days
Price Paid: £230
Bought these to do the Cuilin Ridge in September (it was windy, a bit rainy but 12 to 15 degrees Celsius). The climbing zone on the toe provides surprisingly good adhesion when smearing and the boot is good for edging, obviously not as dexterous as a rock boot, and the toe does visibly wear quickly.
I wanted a sole with good grip on wet rock as previous boots with Vibram soles were like ice skates when it got wet. Tie sole on the Charmoz is Vibram (the same as on the bright blue La Sportiva Trango) and it sticks well on wet rock and general rocky, grassy, muddy terrain. I have walked up streams and through bogs, and through torrential rain in these and had no leakage.
The only criticism I have is that they are very warm and your feet get hot - we all know how breathable Gore-tex is - about as breathable as a bin liner. After 3 consecutive days walking and scrambling 10 hours a day (carrying pack and rack), my feet ached a bit, I had small blisters on little toe (compeed sorted that), but feet were sweaty and getting soft, so had to change to approach shoes after that.
They'll be a great boot for when it gets colder though.