IR - Scarpa Kailash Boots - Tom C.
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SCARPA KAILASH BOOTS
TEST SERIES BY TOM CALLAHAN
July 03, 2008
NAME: Tom Callahan
EMAIL: tcallahanbgt AT yahoo DOT com
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (77.10 kg)
For the past 20 years I have lived off and on in Washington State,
backpacking in the Cascade Mountains. I get out regularly on day
hikes and multi-day trips and usually try to include a good off trail
scramble. During the winter I get out snowshoeing at every
opportunity. I also enjoy glacier climbing, summiting prominent peaks
like Mt. Rainier (14K ft/4K m) and Mt. Baker (10K ft/3K m). My pack
weight will range from 15 - 50 lbs (7 - 23 kg) depending on the
season and the length and type of trip.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
Listed Weight: 630g (1 lb 6.2 oz) for size 42
Measured Weight: 3 lb 0.4 oz (1,360 g)
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The boots arrived in a standard Scarpa boot box. The boots appearance
is true to the picture of the product on the Scarpa web site.
Although some pieces of the boots suede is slightly darker than
pictured, and another slightly lighter this is very minor. The
coloring and styling make for a good looking boot.
There were 3 hang tags with the product; a Scarpa tag that describes
the leather used in their product line and the proper care for the
leather. The other 2 tags were Gore-Tex product tags
The boot upper is constructed of a combination of nylon mesh and
suede, predominantly the latter. These panels curve and overlap to
provide flexibility across the front of the boot. Additional panels
provide support through the ankle and particularly in the heel which
is quite stiff. The interior lining of the boot is a very soft. There
is ample padding throughout the boots, with extra padding around the
top of the boot. This should make for a comfortable fit. The tongue
is also well very padded and gusseted nearly the entire length. The
boot has a Gore-Tex liner that is built in to the boot, between the
boot exterior and interior padded liner.
The stitching and cut of materials are of very good quality. There
are no loose threads and all seams are nicely finished. The lacing
system consists of nylon web and metal hook eyelets. The boot laces
up initially with an initial center web eyelet, 4 metal loop eyelets,
a pair of web eyelets, and then 2 pair of metal hook eyelets.
The sole of the boot is constructed of Vibram Hi-Trail Lite. The
tread is deep and the lugs are angled to provide traction. The lugs
are well spaced which will hopefully keep them from clogging up with
mud. Judging by pressing a fingernail into the The Vibram Hi-Trail
Lite rubber sole, it seems a little softer relative to other Vibram
soled boots I have owned. I'm hoping this will provide enhanced
traction on rough, slippery rocks.
TRYING IT OUT
I wear a thin liner sock and a medium weight sock when hiking and
typically take a 10 1/2 or 11 in US sizes, depending on the boot. I
tried on the boots with my hiking socks and these size 44.5 boots fit
My heel fit well in the heel cup, the boot was snug across the top of
my foot, the toe box provided enough room to move my toes a bit and
my toes did not press against the end of the boot. The boots flexed
well across the toes and the sole has medium stiffness. The boot is
quite stiff through the ankle, providing very good lateral support.
The ample cushioning of the boot felt very good and should provided
added comfort when hiking, especially with a heavy load. The weight
of the boots feels average for mid-weight hiking boot that is so
solidly constructed. There does seem to be a disparity with the
Scarpa web site listing this boot with a significantly lower weight
than what I measured (see Product Information & Specifications
section). Lacing of the boots is easy. The laces slide easily through
both the nylon and metal eyelets. The laces also fit well in the
metal hook eyelets.
The Scarpa Kailash boots I received are what I expected. The boots
are of solid construction. The boot design, plus the interior padding
provides a very comfortable fit. The sole has a tread that should
readily handle mudd and rocks. The Gore-Tex liner should keep my feet
dry during stream crossing and rainy weather. These will be my
primary backpacking boot for the coming season and am looking forward
to testing them on a variety of terrain and conditions on trails in
the Pacific Northwest.
Initial likes: Good fit, solid construction, Gore-Tex liner
I will be watching during testing: how breathable is the boot in warm
weather, how well does the tread hold up over time, is the boot truly
This concludes my Initial Report. The Field Report will be amended
to this report in approximately two months from the date of this
report. Please check back then for further information.
Thank you to BackpackGearTest.org and Scarpa for the opportunity to
test these boots.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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