Scarpa Enigma XCR
Price Paid: £85
I bought a pair of Scarpa Enigma XCR shoes five years ago and I wear them just about every weekend and evening for light to moderate walks. I've used them in Spain, Argentina, Turkey and Kenya as well as in the UK.
I have found them comfortable, although I have had a few minor aches after full days in hot weather. They have remained waterproof the whole time. Unfortunatley after five years they look a little scruffy and there is no tread left on the sole.
They have easily outlasted any other walking shoe of this type that I have ever owned and I have just ordered a new pair for £69.95 which I think offers excellent value.
Materials: gore-tex upper
Use: dayhikes, lightweight pack, short thru-hikes
Break-in Period: 10 miles at most
Weight: don't remember
Price Paid: $125
I liked these boots a lot. I purchased them in 2008, and, since then have put approximately 300 miles on them. Their first "real test" was a 132 mile thru-hike of the Adirondack Park (Northville-Placid Trail).
The shoe is constructed very well. The sole is still stiff and perfectly sealed (the way I personally like it), the tread is still in great shape, they're still not taking in water. I've carried up to 30 pounds on my back with these shoes and can say that I haven't suffered any additional fatigue or back/leg pain from doing so.
The only thing I didn't like is that they rubbed on my ankle a little bit at first. I slipped a pair of Scholl's gel heel inserts into them and "wahlah," problem fixed and I've been abusing them ever since!
I'm actually online looking for the same boot as I write this. Definitely worth a try.
Materials: Gore-tex, suade leather
Use: day hikes/ trails
Price Paid: £90
Extremely comfortable and didn't let in a drop of water after hiking around a lot of New Zealand and Australia. However, after only 8 months of sporadic wear on weekends, the material around the rim has worn through and the padding is showing. Not what I expect from such an expensive and well regarded brand.
I'm reluctant to throw away as they are comfortable but not suitable for their purpose any more. Will think twice before buying this type of shoe again. Leather pairs that I have had for the past 20 years are showing no signs of wear, but they are boots and I wanted a light hiking shoe!!
I shall continue looking, but beware of this model as the material is substandard.
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Hiking boot performance hidden in a trail shoe profile.
- Teton Village Sports refers to the men's version
Description of Scarpa Enigma XCR Hiking ShoesA hiking shoe that is as hard core as most hiking boots. The Scarpa Enigma XCR delivers exceptional performance on versatile terrain in varying weather conditions. The Enigma features exceptional stability th
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version
Save at least 50% - Labor Day Sale! Labor Day Sale - Save up to 50% Dynatech outsoles offer superb traction and legendary Vibram durability. Gore-Tex XCR seam-sealed inner booties offer a new level of breathability while retaining complete waterproof protection. Nylon linings wick moisture away from your feet to keep them dry and comfortable. Padded tongues relieve lace pressure; heel loops aid entry. Providing hiking boot performance in a trail shoe profile, these Scarpa Enigma waterproof cross-training shoes work well on wet or even snowy terrain. Scarpa C-Flex midsoles feature EVA for all-day cushioning and comfort, and molded nylon to provide heel stability and forefoot flex. Suede leather and nylon uppers are durable and supportive.
- REI refers to the men's version