Scarpa Zen Pro (2015)


The Scarpa Zen Pro provides the features you need to head into the hills with confidence. It has a suede upper that’s quite stiff, particularly in the heel cup and toe box for support. A rubber toe rand adds further durability, while the stiff sole benefits from a good set of deep, well-spaced lugs. The only drawback is the lack of a waterproof lining. 4/5


Available in sizes 41-48 for men and 37-42 for women, this shoe’s lacing extends close to the toe for a very precise fit, for performance on rock. The heel is stiff and once laced up the shoe provides a good close fit. It also holds the foot stable, which means the support is easily maintained on uneven ground. 5/5


The Scarpa Zen Pro is heavier and stiffer than many lower-priced shoes, so you could argue that in the shop it isn’t as comfortable. But get it on the hills and it’s far comfier than more flexible shoes that are less able to support the foot. There’s no waterproof lining, though, so you need to keep away from really wet ground to maintain comfort. 4/5

In use

A good set of lugs, a smooth climbing zone for scrambling and the stiffness of the sole all adds up to the Scarpa Zen Pro providing a great grip on soft as well as rocky terrain. The toe stiffness and rubber rand are ideal for protecting the foot. The niggle is there’s no waterproof lining, so be careful where you tread. 4/5


At £130 all that performance edge doesn’t come cheap – and there’s no waterproof lining, which dampens enthusiasm. 3/5


The Scarpa Zen Pro is a superb shoe for walking over dry rocky ground, approaching crags and heading onto the hills, as long as you steer clear of wet ground. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine May 2015