Scarpa Manta Pro (2016)


The Scarpa Manta has been the benchmark B2-rated 4-season hillwalking boot for decades, and it remains the cornerstone of the category. The upper is a mix of leather and synthetic materials with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining inside and a full rubber rand outside. The sole is a very aggressive Vibram unit with deep lugs and a good heal breast, and it’s rated as B2 for stiffness. 5/5


The Scarpa Manta Pro comes in men’s sizes 40-50 and women’s 36-42. On the foot it feels fairly wide and spacious at the forefoot with the ankle being a closer fit. The lacing works well to tighten the top of the boot and there is a good pair of locking lace eyelets on the side. The ankle cuff is a good height and fits snugly with room to move. 5/5


This boot is very soft around the foot so you get a gentle hugging with no pressure points. The ankle cuff is particularly comfortable with soft forward flex, yet you still get all that lateral support that’s also very comfortable. For a stiff B2-rated 4-season boot this is exceptionally comfortable yet it maintains the support that’s also essential. 5/5

In use

The stiffness from toe to heel and laterally across the sole is ideal for UK winter hillwalking but the Scarpa Manta Pro also has enough performance for tackling mountaineering and glacier travel. It easily takes a crampon with a heel clip, and while not as precise as more dedicated climbing boots it doesn’t feel overly ‘clumpy’. There’s a reasonable forward roll on the sole to make walking below the snowline tolerable. 5/5


At £300 the Scarpa Manta Pro is the same price as last year and these will last many years for most users. 4/5


The Scarpa Manta Pro is still the clear choice for walkers who want a quality boot for tackling a wide range of winter mountain conditions. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade. 4.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine January 2016