The Scarpa Cyclone GTX is designed for use on paths, trails and easier fell walks. It’s the lighter fabric upper version of the popular all-leather Terra GTX (£130), and it’s aimed at people looking for their first pair of occasional-use boots. The Cyclone is reasonably comfortable, thanks to the fabric upper that easily moulds to the foot; but surprisingly for a brand with its heritage in mountaineering boots, the toe box and heel cup are both a little soft for tackling rough terrain. The sole is quite bendy so, again, this isn’t the best option for rockier ground unless you don’t mind making your feet work harder. There is good cushioning in the sole, though, which makes walking on firm paths comfortable. The outsole lug pattern isn’t the most aggressive of those we looked at, but it is reasonable with a small heel breast and widely-spaced lugs that are okay for easier ground. The Scarpa Cyclone GTX isn’t the lightest option or the best on rocky ground, but it’s a reasonable all-rounder for easy paths and trails. It is, however, more likely that boots with a leather upper will be more durable in the long term.
Upper materials synthetic, suede leather overlays
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Energy
Men’s sizes 41-47
Women’s sizes 37-42
Weight 1308g (pair, size 46)
The Scarpa Cyclone GTX is a reasonable boot for easier fell paths, but it does not excel in terms of its weight, comfort or performance.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013