I'm a long-time fan of Scarpa boots, having used the same sturdy pair of Alps for mountaineering for several years now. Couldn't resist the Ladakh as a moderate to heavy backpacking and trekking boot. Great ankle support, excellent sole, and useful protective rubber rand around the entire boot. The Ladakhs broke in quickly, within two long days of Alpine walking and handled scree, boulders and rain without a hitch. But why do North Americans have to got to Europe to find what may be Scarpa's best sturdy trekking boot?!
Materials: Leather w/gore-tex membrane
Use: rough trail/off trail w/medium pack
Break-in Period: 25 miles
Price Paid: EUR 230
That's a pair of brilliant boots!! They never gave me blisters or any other hotspots not even on my first hike where I wore them for about eight hours. They are very comfortable indeed with a great rocker so that you can walk endlessly in them. I used them in all sorts of conditions except for ice (although you can use strap-on crampons for the odd traverse of icy terrain) It's the most versatile model in my collection!
Weight: 2 kg per pair
These boots fit very well and are comfortable. After I bought these boots I put them to the test and walked over 8 hours without getting blisters.
Use: Rough trail w/ heavy pack
Break-in Period: 2 days
Weight: about 2kg (pair)
Price Paid: (In NL) $190
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