LTR Scarpa Boots Brian T
Here is my LTR for the Scarpa boots.
1000 apologies as this is way late.
You can read it in the test folder here
Text from the LTR section is posted below.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
I have hiked primarily in the woods behind my house (AKA Pike National
Forest). Like all the other hikes, I have hiked Stanley Canyon, and
Eagle's Peak. Stanley Canyon trail is 2.1 miles (3.4 km) long and
gains over 1200 feet (366 m) from start to finish. The Eagle's Peak
trail is only 1.2 miles (1.9 km) long and gains over 2000 feet (610 m)
at the finish. Weather was warm and dry on the trails. The trails are
typical Rocky Mountain terrain, with lots of rocks and scree. I've
also walked down around a creek by my house, and through a few
meadows, up and over a few rolling hills, etc.
Weather has been mostly sunny with temperatures in the lower 80's F
(26 C), there is no snow left as lows have been in the lower 50's (10
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
I absolutely love these soles when they are dry on the rocks and scree
of the rocky mountains. I absolutely hate these soles when the get wet
and I have to walk on the same rocks a scree of the rocky mountains.
Its like a night and day difference when these soles get wet. While
dry I have no fear climbing over any rock or walking any terrain. When
they get wet, they tend to slip a lot on the hard rocks that are
present on the Stanley Canyon trail. Sorry I'm not a geologist and I
didn't sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night....They were rocks,
they were big, they were heavy, they were brown in color, they were
slippery when wet. That's all I know about them.
Like I mentioned before, these boots are waterproof. I've stood in
ankle deep streams and not had any problems with water getting into
the boots. Since water does not get in very well, perspiration does
not get out very well. I've found these boots better suited for colder
weather as they keep my feet really warm and moist in the warmer
I do think these boots were a bit too big for me. No matter how I
laced them, I would get some sort of heel slippage and blisters would
form. Blisters formed more than once mostly on the inside part of my
heel. Once I stopped and taped them though I did not have any other
problems. I did think the ankle support of these boots were good. I
also never noticed my feet cramping after that one incident. I like
the stiffness of the soles as I felt I don't tire out as easily while
hiking in these boots.
While the laces did come untied often, some of the different lacing
techniques I used kept enough tension on the laces to keep them tied.
I mainly put a half turn in between each eyelet, lacing up through the
d link eyelets, and then running the laces back down so that when I
finished tying them off, the knot would be located further down my
foot to keep pressure applied to my heel.
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The boots are durable and have held up very well. I really like the
reinforced toe box. That's usually where my shoes tear up and this
one, having reinforcement and triple stitching has held up great.
In summary, I think these are a very good boot. The traction is great
on dry terrain, not so great on wet rocks. But then, I'm not sure what
would have good traction on a wet rock. They have held up well over
the course of 4 months. The toe box has held all its stitching, and
the material is very waterproof.
Things I like about the boot:
Things I didnt like about the boot:
My foot perspired a lot in them, especially in the warmer months
Laces came untied a lot
Poor Traction when soles where wet
Thanks to Backpackgeartest and scarpa for allowing me to participate
in this test.