Scarpa Manta - Men's

rated 5.0 of 5 stars (9)
photo: Scarpa Men's Manta mountaineering boot


Price MSRP: $289.00
Historic Range: $148.95-$189.99
Reviewers Paid: $120.00-$125.00


The most bomb proof and weather proof boots that I have ever had. Period!


  • Wather proof
  • Quality
  • Reliability


  • Stiffness
  • Slipery sole

2009 Original Review:

I jut got a pair of these boots a few weeks ago.

Up to this point I have take them out in a few short hikes. Not enough for a full review, but here are my impressions so far:

  1. The boots feel a little smaller than the actual size. I ordered 1/2 size bigger and still feels tight in the front. I would recommend to try them half size up at least.
  2. Water tightness: This boots are great. I walk under pouring rain for 2 hours and me feet were dry after I took the boots off. For sure this boots will make a good job in the snow. 5 starts there.
  3. I felt a little over-boot in some of the trails but after this weekend under the rain and going up the hill, makes me question that assumption. They really keep your ankles steady and protected which makes you feel secure. Better that than walking around with flimsy boots and end up with twisted ankles

Here is why I took a half star off:

I felt the sole a little slippery when there is mud and rocks are wet. Must of the time I will get a good grip but some times I felt kind of sliding.

I am not sure at this point if the boots were a good selection hiking wise. They are very stiff. This make you feel odd sometimes when walking, specially on manmade hard surfaces. But the feeling is gone once you are walking on the trail.

Until now no blisters or damage to my feet, just sore due to the stiffness of the boot. I hope they will break in on time. I will update on this later.

Overall I think they are a great entry level boot although I can not really compare with anything. My previous boots were Nike ATM which is comparing your regular Chevy vs. an Audi.

The boots are good for bush waking, heavy backpacking. Not 100% sure about pure hiking yet, but definitely I would recommend them to a friend.

On top of that you do not break the bank and the price difference vs. regular hiking boots is not that much so the extra money is well expended.

2017 update

So it had been 8 years since I bought my Mantas and I have not manage yet to feel like I have broken them in, although my feet don't feel as sore anymore, but noticed some pain on my knees once in a while after hiking with the boots, so I don't use them as often anymore.

Still blame this on the super ridiculous stiff soles. I agree that these are mountaineering boots designed to use with crampons, hence the stiffness, but after 8 years they are as stiff as new. On the other hand this speaks volumes of the quality of construction.

They are still fantastic weather wise, even after walking purposely into a creek ankle deep in freezing water over last weekend they stay dry! Actually I am like a child when wearing this boots. I take any chance to step or jump into a puddle. The leather in this boots is top notch.

After so much time there is some wear on the soles, and replaced the original laces once. The lacing system just chews them off. Not resoling yet or change in the inner soles. The interior is almost as good as new. The sole rubber is still as slippery as when new so once in a while I get a scare when stepping into wet stones or ice patches.

Have used them for backpacking and hiking in all seasons. Also use them for snowshoeing.

Definitely would buy Scarpa products again, next time a lighter model perhaps. Something more like light to medium hiking to avoid the stiffness of crampon-compatible boots.

Materials: leather
Use: Hikes, backpacking, mountaneering
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 275$ CAN


Thanks for the update, Luis. I'd love to see some pictures of your Mantas in your review, if you care to share them. Also, any ideas how many miles you have on your pair?

3 years ago

I've had my Mantas for 8 years now and absolutely love them.

As highlighted in other reviews, I wouldn't use these for general hiking (tend to use some Hi Tec or Brashers for that lark), because the sole is stiff. But it's stiff for a reason, and I'm glad of that stiffness when I'm doing a bit of scrambling, or covering terrain like Broad Crag; you just don't feel those sharp rocks, what you do feel is support and stability.

The grip is excellent in my experience. But don't go road racing in them because they're for the mountains.

Materials: crosta leather
Use: day hikes in rough terrain - Lake District, Snowdonia, Scotland
Break-in Period: can't recall that I had to
Price Paid: $120

I was wandering around TK Max (Weston-S-Mare) for a bit of shopping in the Christmas sales and was astonished to stubble across two pairs of Scarpa Mantas amongst a load of clearance clutter (same style as pictured here and both Size 40; so quite small) at only £39!!! So i snapped up one pair and left the other pair there to make some other small footed mountaineer's day (they could still be there!).

I have been wearing them in and they already feel incredibly warm, comfortable and relatively light in respect of how durably built they are. They are very supportive but still allow adequate movement at the ankle and have a very small amount of flex in the rigid sole. This makes them more versatile and comfy on a mountain walk in (which is where some mountain boots can be poor).

I haven't been on the hills in them yet but can't wait to get up to Fort William in two weeks.

Materials: Waterproof treated leather
Use: Winter hiking and Mountaineering.
Break-in Period: Not sure yet.
Price Paid: £39

Yet another bargain, purchased on E Bay when no one else bid for the boots which were brand new. The size 48 is such a large size, very few folk are in the market for monsters like these.

These are my third set of Mantas. The model has become more heavy duty over the years and now works well in winter, even with semi step in crampons, as there is a ledge at the back of the heel. They were comfortable straight out of the box and have given me fantastic service in Slovenia, Spain, France, Norway, New Zealand and Scotland.

Great support, very warm, VERY water resistant. The soles had worn out so I had them resoled. Now they are like new again. The reason they are up to major repair is the very heavy high quality reversed leather used in the construction, which means their performance has not been compromised over time.

They're not the lightest of boots, but totally bomb proof and like wearing carpet slippers. An absolute classic boot that has got better over the years.

Materials: reversed leather
Use: Big treks, winter mountaineering, easy grade gullies etc
Break-in Period: Hardly any
Weight: Not sure?
Price Paid: £74

The test of time proves a boot. I still use my 10 plus year old heavier style green pair and they have been flawless. To this day, no matter how may days or months on my feet backpacking, my feet always feel great at the end. The Manta is the perfect three season boot that provides support and protection, comfortable when wet, and perfect for every terrain.

Materials: Leather
Use: dayhikes plus rough and long trail - light pack heavy guy
Break-in Period: 100 miles or more
Weight: 2 lbs per 1/2 pair
Price Paid: don't remember

These are without doubt the best boots I have ever owned. The competition has been stiff over the years: Vasque, Merrell, Raichle and other high end (and heavier) products. The Mantas combine superlative fit, function,durability, material and build quality in an integrated design which is remarkable.

They seem to have been fabricated by artisans who are still dedicated to the quality of the hand made. On the trail they perform with extraordinary competence. I had no difficulty with break-in times or with weight.

In a boot of this sort, the Mantas are likely the best in the world. I also appreciate their traditional and minimalist look.

Materials: leather
Break-in Period: rough trail hiking and mountain scrambling
Weight: 5 lb.
Price Paid: $125

Having read some of the other reviews, I cannot believe that writers have anything negative to say about the Scarpa Manta. I have tried all makes over the years and can honestly say that these boots are probably the most well made I have ever owned.

I have battered them all over the Scottish Highlands, the English lake district and many parts of the Massif Central (France)and they have never, ever faltered. I have very little information as to how Scarpa process the crosta leather for this boot but it is absolutely bombproof, this leather will not rip, split or leak, period! Save your money, don't fall for false economy, buy once, buy the Manta.

I am 6ft 2" about 13st and normally wear a size 43 (Euro) shoe. My feet are very slim with high arches.

Materials: Crosta Leather
Use: Fell walking to mountaineering
Break-in Period: 0 days
Weight: 5lbs (size 45 Euro)
Price Paid: £145

Great boot, bomber leather. I did not have any problems with break-in -- I brought them home, waxed them (Sno-seal), and wore them to work for a week and on walks around the neighborhood.

The next weekend I took them on an 8-mile hike (roundtrip) with 4000 ft gain, no problems. Boot felt great. Developed a few hotspots in my heel due to heal-lift, but a quick change in lacing technique locked that down and I had no blisters.

The boot already feels great -- great combo of stiff and supple where I need them. They accepted my orthotics perfectly.

Materials: reversed leather
Use: general mountaineering
Break-in Period: < 20 miles
Price Paid: $160

Excellent full shank all leather hiking/mountaineering boot, takes C2 crampon, beautifully made, break-in period is bit tough (3-4 months) no blisters though. Now after 10 months they are superb, so comfortable, great support, agility, and feel great.

Excellent for hopping around on the rocks at high altitude or for fast descents, useful for climbing too as sole is very stiff. Not great on approaches when breaking in, but ok now. They look great still, the reversed leather means no scuffing as with traditional leather. This is not a boot for approaches or general walking but is superb for heavy backpacking rough trails or entry level mountaineering.

I think the RSN last suits slightly slimmer foot that I have and I do find Scarpa's a little on the small size. As for toe box curling and shortening I haven't experienced that yet and have done well over 100 miles over very rough terrain. I'm using superfeet hiker green insoles which work great, but I do concur with previous review, don't go for anything thicker than superfeet as the ankle will roll. I use Bridgedale socks I find they are excellent. I'm looking forward to many years pleasure from my Scarpa Mantas.

Materials: leather
Use: rough trail heavy pack
Break-in Period: 3-4 months
Weight: 1.950kg
Price Paid: £143

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