User Review: Scarpa Men's SL M3
Materials: One piece leather
Use: rough trail with moderate pack, multi day.
Break-in Period: average break-in for a heavy duty boot
Price Paid: $220
One of the best boots available today, in a world where good boots are hard to find anymore.
In the old days '80s and '90s, good hand made Italian boots where not that hard to find. Raichle, Vasque, Lowa, Zamberlan, La Sportiva, and Scarpa all had boot models made in Italy, at least some of their models. Now days the pickings are real thin and Scarpa is one of the only boot companies still making a good well made boot.
These SL M3's remind me of the the good old REI Spirit boot (which used to be made in Italy for Raichle, who in turn distributed them to REI), but not anymore. It is very similar, but a bit more heavy duty . But it is still a real good boot.
What I really want Scarpa to make is a boot identical to this one, but about 15% to 20% lighter. But not compromise quality, I want it made in Italy and one piece leather, no Gore-tex.
But yeah this boot rocks, I would say this boot is halfway between a mid- weight hiker and a heavy duty hiker. For me it is too heavy just for day hiking. But it would be ideal for multi day, rough terrain hiking with a pack. Good work boot for what I do, I am a tree trimmer/climber.