Scarpa Delta M3
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I bought theses in preparation for my first backpacking trip to Isle Royale. I'm a pretty big dude (6'2", 245 lbs) and have had prior ankle injuries.
I was attracted to the Scarpa's because everything I read about them promised a high ankle and are very ridged leather upper. After purchasing the boots I found this to be absolutely true. I've been training with a heavy pack (50 lbs) over a lot of different terrain including sand dunes. The boots have performed as promised. The uppers have provided excellent support, and so far no rolled ankles.
I did not find them very comfortable out of the box and I would be cautious about any review that claims that any boots need no break in time. They started out somewhat snug in the width of the toes, but broke in within a few weeks of regular ware.
These are heavy old school style hiking boots. If you’re looking for a $50 pair of ultra light trail shoes stop reading now. You’re getting a well made leather boot that from what I can tell is bomb proof, but you’re going to have to pay for it in weight.
Good material and very sturdy boot. These are not Gore-tex boots but so far have been very waterproof. I treated mine with a boot sealer and so far nothing gets in.
Overall I would recommend these boots. They were defiantly wroth the money and I look forward to wearing them for years to come.
Materials: nunbuck leather
Break-in Period: 25 miles
Price Paid: $150
As usual, I bought these at less than half price about three years ago in a place called Moorland Rambler in Exeter, Devon,UK. The previous reviewer says they are heavy, but they are my lightest pair of mountain boots and I use them in summer and snow free conditions in winter.
They were comfortable straight out of the box and give good ankle support. Any pair of European size 48 Scarpa will fit me straight out of the box and these were no exception. They do make a squeaking noise when I walk that has never gone away.
These are rated "comfort flex", my Mantas are "Pro flex" which means they are stiffer and rated B2,(will take semi step in crampons). Both the Mantas and Deltas have never given me any foot problems or blisters, over literally hundreds of miles climbing many dozens of mountains.
If you buy a pair of these for hiking, you won't go far wrong. I would not use crampons with them, although a pair of strap-ons would be OK providing you didn't keep them on all day. Scarpa are a highly respected company and these about my tenth pair of these manufacturer's boots and I have never had a dud!
Use: Walking, scrambling, non technical mountaineering
Break-in Period: NONE!!!!!
Weight: 2.15 kilograms a pair of size 48s
Price Paid: £50
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