The Scarpa Manta has long been the definition of a 4-season British mountain walking and mountaineering boot. This year it has received a radical facelift that transforms its appearance and moves it a step away from its more traditional-looking predecessor. The upper is made from a mix of leather and synthetic materials, with a dash of silver and orange to move it into the 21st century. A full rubber rand encircles the upper, and this extends higher up the heel than in previous versions. Underfoot there’s a Vibram sole unit with deep, well-spaced lugs that are ideal for a mix of winter conditions from slushy snow through to glacier walking and mountaineering. There’s a smooth area under the toe to enhance climbing performance too. The Scarpa Manta Pro GTX feels a little more precise around the toe than previous versions, yet it isn’t as pointed as some models and the toe box feels slightly shallower, so generally the boot has a slightly closer fit than in the past. It weighs in at 2120g (pair, size 46), which means it isn’t the lightest option. The performance is ideal for general British winter mountain walks and scrambles, and the price is very competitive. The only benefit of paying more is for extra insulation and even better climbing performance, which would be of benefit if you’re heading to higher altitudes or more challenging climbing terrain.
Upper materials leather, synthetic overlays
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram
Women’s sizes 36-42
Men’s sizes 40-50
Weight 2120g (pair, size 46)
The Scarpa Manta Pro GTX takes everything that made its predecessor a classic and makes it even better, but if you want a boot more dedicated to climbing or high-altitude mountaineering, you’ll have to pay more. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine January 2014