User Review: Scarpa Men's SL M3
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200
Great boots for hauling heavy loads over rough terrain. Durable, but expect a long-break in period.
- Durable leather
- No Goretex membrane
- Long lasting sole
- Long break-in time
- Can shrink if not worn routinely
I bought these boots in 2009, and have hiked over 500 miles in them. Took about 100 miles to get them broken in completely. At one point I didn't wear them for about 6 months, and they shrunk in width, so I had to buy a boot stretcher to get them back in shape. No problems since then.
At this point, there are no issues with the leather, but the leather dye is wearing off in the areas of heaviest use. The inner lining is in good shape with no apparent wear. The original insoles lasted about 100 miles, and I've replaced them with aftermarket insoles. Still using the original laces as well. I haven't had any wear issues with the liner material, but the heel area is starting to get shinny.
These boots are perfect for folks who haul heavy backpacks over rough terrain. Traction on all types of surfaces is great. I've never had a problem with water penetration, even when soaked, and have maintained the leather with Nikwax.
These boots are really designed for off road use; standing around or walking on concrete and asphalt will tire your feet out quickly. Even with the mileage I've put on them, the Vibram soles show little wear. I typically wear the boots with one pair of Smartwool socks, and have never had blister problems, even when the boots were new.
The boots are designed to accept crampons, but I've never tried that feature.