User Review: Scarpa Men's Manta
Use: Hikes, backpacking, mountaneering
Price Paid: 275$ CAN
I jut got a pair of these boots a few weeks ago.
Up to this point I have take them out in a few short hikes. Not enough for a full review, but here are my impressions so far:
1. The boots feel a little smaller than the actual size. I order 1/2 size bigger and still feels tight in the front. I would recommend to try them half size up at least.
2. Water tightness: This boots are great. I walk under pouring rain for 2 hours and me feet were dry after I took the boots off. For sure this boots will make a good job in the snow. 5 starts there.
3. I felt a little over-boot in some of the trails but after this weekend under the rain and going up the hill, makes me question that assumption. They really keep your ankles steady and protected which makes you feel secure. Better that than walking around with flimsy boots and end up with twisted ankles
Here is why I took half start off:
I felt the sole a little slippery when there is mud and rocks are wet. Must of the time I will get a good grip but some times I felt kind of sliding.
I am not sure at this point if the boots were a good election hiking wise, they are very stiff. This make you feel odd sometimes when walking, specially on man made hard surfaces. But the feeling is gone once you are walking on the trail.
Until now no blisters or damage to my feet, just sore due to the stiffness of the boot.I hope they will break in on time. I will update on this later.
Overall I think they are a great entry level boot although I can not really compare with anything.
My previous boots were Nike ATM which is comparing your regular Chevy vs. an Audi.
The boots are good for bush waking, heavy backpacking.
Not 100% sure about pure hiking yet, but definitely I would recommend them to a friend.
On top of that you do not break the bank and the price difference vs. regular hiking boots is not that much so the extra money is well expended.