User Review: Scarpa Men's Zen
Materials: Suede upper and Vibram sole
Use: Just about anything apart from serious climbing
Break-in Period: Not needed
Weight: about 880 grams
For an all rounder this shoe is perfect. Although I guess that depends on your perception of 'all rounder'. I took these shoes to the Himalayas with me, and put them through their paces around Annapurna. They were a welcome relief in the evenings (when the boots came off to dry out). If it wasn’t so wet I may have been tempted to try them on a trek and really test them out.
I would use them as an approach shoe and have used them for scrambling above Annapurna Base Camp, (about 4200m). I didn't stumble or slip once, and I was trying to find a hard route, so I guess the 'spyder sole' is as sticky and grippy as Scarpa say it is. Since coming back to the UK I have hardly taken them off, they're that comfortable. Shame I have to go back to work next week and get back into steel toes.