Scarpa Kailash (2012)

The first thing you notice about the Scarpa Kailash is the outsole. Featuring the most aggressive lug pattern of all the boots tested, they perform fantastically on muddy terrain. Not only that but they are also well-spaced and very deep, meaning they will last over many trips. Given the above, the Kailash is still impressively light when on – hitting the scales at 1108g (pair) making it the third lightest boot on test – something that is noticeable on full-on hill days. The sole itself gives a reasonable amount of stiffness but there is more flex here than with other models featured, which some may find tiring on multi-day trips. There is great underfoot cushioning, though, with less at the front to help you feel the rocks when scrambling, while inside you can feel the almost spring-like extra shock absorption for welcome added comfort. Inside there is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to help keep things dry. The ankle is stiff and supportive, and the toe is reinforced with a rubber rand to protect against rocks – though this is still softer than some others here. The Scarpa Kailash’s fit is narrower than most, which I found great for me – but this may be an issue for those with wider feet.

Weight 1108g (pair, size 39)
Upper materials suede
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Hi-Trail
Women’s sizes 37-42
Men’s sizes 41-48



The Scarpa Kailash offers an impressive set of lugs for a surprisingly light weight, but some may prefer a stiffer sole.


Review by Phoebe Smith

First published in Trail magazine August 2012