User Review: Scarpa Men's SL M3
Use: Rough trail with heavy pack
Price Paid: $185
I agree with almost every word of Mitchell C.'s review of 03/11/2008. These are wonderful boots, beautifully and strongly made, very comfortable, with great support and fit.
I have had endless difficulty fitting other boots, and these Scarpas (the wide model, length 49cm) fit* my size 14EEEE flippers better than any of the many models I have tried and discarded over a number of years. In fact, had these not worked, my next, desperate stop might have been Mr. Van Gorkum. (Google him: 16-month waiting period, $1600; 5-month rush order, $3000.)
After wearing the Scarpas for only a few days locally, I risked a 30-mile, 45-pounder on the AT: absolutely no problems whatsoever.
They are heavy, but they also protect and support as no Gore-Tex rag ever will.
As to moisture control, both inside and out: I agree with Mitchell C. The Scarpas are superior to many of the Gore-Tex boots I have tried, which typically delaminate and begin to leak within a few months. In addition, the Scarpas seem to vent interior moisture as well as or better than a Gore-Tex.
*(I typically use a Spenco cross-training or hiker insert.)