At 1456g (pair, size 11) the Scarpa Kailash is relatively lightweight and yet it also boasts a good performance to make it useful for the hill-goer. The upper is suede leather with a little area of fabric around the tongue, so it should be reasonably durable. Inside there is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining too. The ankle cuff is lower than most boots, which makes it lighter and also less restrictive on the foot, which is an advantage on easier terrain. The toe box offers enough protection for easier terrain too. Underfoot there is a good level of stiffness to match easier fell paths, while the very aggressive lug pattern is ideal for keeping a grip in mud and moorland bog. This is a boot that is at home on easier hill paths and moorland walks, and in those situations it has many advantages over other boots. But take this onto rockier ground, and the soft toe box and lower-cut ankle cuff mean that this is not ideal for such terrain. Other boots have a rubber rand for more durable protection on rocky ground as well as a stiffer sole. All this means the Kailash is not the best boot for rocky hill-walks.
Upper suede leather and synthetic fabric; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Hi Trail Lite
Sizes 41-48 (men’s); 37-42 (women’s)
Weight 1456g (pair, size 46)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 100
The Scarpa Kailash is a lightweight boot with an excellent sole unit and mid-cut ankle cuff that is very good for hill-walking and trekking over good paths.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010