Well-placed padding make these feel superb when you first pull them on, but they’re quite narrow and difficult to lace tightly, resulting in painful toe banging on descent. A good medium-stiff midsole and nice high cuff should have made them very stable, but the fabric panel directly above the ankle bone is a little too soft and doesn’t offer the best support.
Sizes: 7-13 (UK), 41-48 (‘Euro)
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0191 296 0212, www.scarpa.co.uk
Verdict: Well-made, stylish fabric walking boots that will do a job in the hills, but don’t offer as much support as some of the other models at a similar price and weight.
First published in Country Walking magazine, April 2008