User Review: Scarpa Men's ZG 10 GTX
Use: Fell walking - 12 miles every 4-6 weeks
Break-in Period: Didn't need any
Weight: 1kg each
Price Paid: £140
I was pretty pleased with these boots until the Vibram sole started to part company with the boot after only 3 yrs and 9 months reasonable use (fell walking once a month). Well I say 3 yrs 9 months but I had issues with damp socks about a year before then but just assumed it was that they needed another waterproofing, so it may have been that the soles had started to come loose but not so badly that is showed.
I didn't think this was very good for boots costing £140 so I contacted the supplier (not the shop I bought them from) expecting a 'hard luck after so long' response but I was very pleased that they offered to replace them with brand new ones if I sent the old ones back. I was quite happy to stand the £9 recorded delivery. So I think Scarpa gave me excellent customer support. I will start using the new ones seriously within 2 weeks.
So why 4 stars? Well the sole should have stayed put for a lot longer (I will have to see how the replacements do in 4 years or more) and my size 12's weigh in at a tad under 1kg each so a bit heavy. I've had slightly sore/achy feet sometimes after 12-15 miles but maybe this is because of the damp getting in or maybe I expect too much of any boot after this sort of walking, but it's always nice to get them off and into trainers at the end whereas some boot wearers say they feel as fresh as when they started.
I could also see that anyone with wide feet could find the toe end a bit narrow as they just fit me snugly there. I have to say also that I don't think the soles are that grippy as the rubber is quite hard but conversely the tread will not wear out quickly (It didn't on mine but as I say - not a huge amount of walking on rocks/stone).
They are very easy to get on and off, give good ankle support and for the first few years were 100% waterproof in all conditions - you could splash through anything as the tongue is sewn in. Water would just 'roll off' the nubuck finish
I don't know if there's anything that would suit me better but when I tried these on in the shop they were the most comfortable (and also I found the most expensive!).