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Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

photo: Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX backpacking boot

A tough companion for heavy terrain, less for casual trail walking.

Pros

  • Ankle support is fantastic
  • Resolable
  • Very durable construction with Perwanger leather (no need for waterproofing for some time)
  • Super light for its capabilities (30% less weight than Hanwag)
  • Fantastic on challenging terrain: for climbing, as approach shoe
  • Sole grips well on wet surfaces—with gaiters you can wear in winter (not for mountaineering!)
  • A bit pricey, but worth it

Cons

  • Very subjective: the sole is made for serious trekking on tough terrain (rocks, snow), too stiff for wandering

After this, I have thrown away my Hanwag boots (company messed around, resoled with extremely slippery soles, so I even had an accident—no warranty for their faulty work, of course).

Sole grips well. Not sure about rubber compound of this one, maybe Vibram X-Trek. Vibram Megagrip compound is mildly better (Asolo Greenwood or Fandango) - that is designed for wet surfaces. Due to polyurethane midsole (this gives less weight and more comfort) boot will need resoling after about 8 years, like 90% of trekking shoes these days. If you don't use them frequently, surprisingly, midsole wears faster! 

The boots are light—this is of extreme importance. One pound on your foot equals 6-8 x weight in your backpack!

Specially treated waterproof Perwanger leather is 1.8 mm only—but looks sturdy all the same, will probably cover minimum 2,000 miles easily. I am confident up to 4,000 meters, winter max. 2000 (with gaiters). After a lot of exposure, needs reconditioning probably (hundreds of miles?). 

Experience

Alpine setting, over 500 miles, 1000- 4000 meters.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 260

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Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $299.00
Current Retail: $298.95-$299.00
Historic Range: $133.83-$299.00
Weight 545 g / 1 lb 3.2 oz (1/2 pair size 42)
Upper 1.8mm Suede Perwanger
Lining GORE-TEX Performance Comfort
Midsole PU + 3D EVA-MP
Outsole Vibram Drumlin / Mont
Insole Pro-Fiber 20
Cuff Height High
Last BZH
Rand Partial
Country of Origin Italy
Women's
Price MSRP: $299.00
Current Retail: $298.95
Historic Range: $268.95-$298.95
Weight 455 g / 16 oz (1/2 pair size 38)
Upper 1.8mm Suede Perwanger
Lining GORE-TEX Performance Comfort
Midsole PU + 3D EVA-MP
Outsole Vibram Drumlin / Mont
Insole Pro-Fiber 20
Cuff Height High
Last BZH
Rand Partial
Country of Origin Italy
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