Scarpa Manta 2009

Last year the Scarpa Manta 4-season boot had the GSB crampon system, but sadly the system has not become popular enough to warrant its continuity, so on the Manta it is now a feature that can be logged as that great idea that got away! The remainder of the Manta is classic performance-orientated design though. The boot sits lower to the ground than of old, making it feel more dexterous on rock when climbing. It looks far more modern than the classic version too. The upper is full leather with virtually no stitching, so even though there is no waterproof lining it should remain waterproof if looked after. There is a good aggressive pattern of lugs underfoot to keep a grip when walking on snow and ice. Get the boot on and it is very comfortable and provides a sound walking action. But compared to the pre-GSB version, this post-GSB version of the Scarpa Manta does not roll quite as nicely because the sole is not quite so curved as in the old days. Use it on snow for where it is intended and this is no problem, but for typical UK walk-ins on road and snow-free paths this detracts a little from the performance of this boot. Weight and price are of course drawbacks too.

Upper reversed Crosta leather; Taibrelle/velvatine lining
Sole Vibram GSB Jorasses, ProFibre midsole
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 37-42 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2110g (pair, size 46)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 65

Verdict
The Scarpa Manta is a classic 4-season boot that’s ideal for glacier travel, mountaineering and serious winter walking.  It was awarded  the ‘Best in Test’ accolade in our review.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009