User Review: Scarpa Men's Zen
Price Paid: $120
Well, I’ve banged these shoes around for several years now. Bought them originally for a trip to Yellowstone and have loved them ever since. Since then, they’ve accompanied me to Yosemite, on numerous treks to the Sierras, around town, out to dinner and just about everywhere in between.
Out of the box, these approach shoes deliver Italian style in spades. The rubber toe cap provides rugged protection when scrambling up the trail. The two-tone suede upper is understated and natty – all at the same time. The crisscrossed stitching adds to the durability and stylishness. This could pass for an upscale sneaker that you can wear with jeans around town as well as a credible piece of technical gear.
The sole is a special Vibram compound that is both sticky and hard wearing. The Scarpa Zen hits everything just about right IMHO.
I have a more complete review and photo at GearGuide.