The Scarpa ZG65 has been a popular boot for many years, although personally I have not rated as highly as some other people. But for 2011 the price is more competitive than in the past, so while it is still not my favourite boot it does provide excellent value for money. The boot has a synthetic and suede upper that is reasonably supportive and particularly protective at the heel and toe box. The sole is a Vibram unit that has an aggressive lug pattern for keeping a grip. The sole is not as stiff as others, but for the price it is very good and, while not being up to the toughest ground, when used for easier hill paths it is fine. For my money this classic boot is now even better thanks to being more competitively priced than in the past and being relatively lightweight. But the Scarpa ZG65’s upper is not as durable as a one-piece leather upper, so the lower-priced but heavier Contour Navigator may be a more durable option. The sole unit is not as stiff as the Navigator either, so again if you want a stiff boot for rockier ground there are better options.
Upper suede leather, Cordura synthetic fabric; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Hi-Trail
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight 1488g (pair, size 11)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK no info provided
The Scarpa ZG65 is a good choice for valley and easier hill paths if you are on a budget and want a relatively light boot.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011