User Review: Scarpa SL
Use: 3 season trekking, no crampons
Break-in Period: About a year!!!
Price Paid: £80 UK
My first pair of boots promised much. Fine leather, a nice stepping motion from the sole and a feel of heavy duty indestructability.
The leather is not treated for water resistance and despite periodic treatment with wax based preparations will become soaked during a long walk. OK, you can stand in 3 inches of water for a minute and not get wet but then so what.
The stepping motion is great for normal demands and I'm still happy with it. The rounded heel contour is a nice inovation. However the front of the sole is a little flat and tends to slap down a bit suddenly.
Onto the break in period. The sole is meant to flex along a pre-defined line quite evident to the eye. This concentrates the flex in a narrow crease of leather across the top of the foot. A lace link lies just across this link and would dig in to my feet on any but the smallest step. This did not happen in the shop where the crease has yet to develop. A year later the leather and the sole were supple enough to start flexing elsewhere.
The front of the boot is a little narrow for Anglo Saxon feet (hey and I'm from Serbia) with a heel a little too wide.