This 3-season boot came top in our tests in April 2006 and 2007, and it’s still a superb boot for tough mountain walking. Like all the best boots, the upper is a virtually stitch-free nubuck leather design, to ensure maximum durability after years of abuse on Britain’s highest peaks. To further enhance durability, there’s a rubber rand that extends all the way around the upper, which makes this boot particularly suitable for scree, scrambles and the rockiest of mountain trips. The toe box is solid, to protect the toes. The Nepal has an articulated ankle cuff to ease comfort when the ankle flexes forward without reducing lateral support. Underfoot, a very aggressive Vibram sole unit boasts deeper lugs than most other boots here. Sole stiffness is ideal for scrambling, scree and rough mountain terrain. The Scarpa has a slightly wider fit at the toe than some, which you may prefer.
There are no issues with this boot when used for mountain walking, unless you want a waterproof lining. As the upper is leather and virtually stitch-free it won’t leak easily if cared for, however if you’re planning a long backpacking trip through very wet terrain then a waterproof boot may be a better option.
Upper: Nubuck leather
Sole: Vibram Megan
Sizes: 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight: 1856g (pair, size 11)
Made in: Italy
Stores in the UK: 35
Verdict: A superb proven performer if you want a quality leather boot for hill and mountain walking, scrambling and backpacking and don’t want a waterproof lining.
First published in Trail magazine, April 2008