The Scarpa Marmot was Trail’s runner-up children’s walking boot back in April 2006, so it is a proven performer. It is a far more durable offering than other boots, as it is built around a Nubuck leather upper which is always going to be more durable than thin suede and synthetic uppers. Leather uppers tend to be faster-drying too as there is less foam padding inside. There isn’t too much stitching either to fail with wear and tear, making this ideal for those who are taking their children over Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Snowdon most weekends, rather than just on bank holidays. There is a waterproof lining too to ensure dry feet when heading across Pennine or Dartmoor bogs. You get reasonable ankle support too. Underfoot there is a good amount of cushioning and you get a mini version of the adults’ Scarpa M2 sole unit and this has a reasonably aggressive pattern of lugs coupled with a reasonable amount of stiffness to make travel over all types of terrain efficient and comfortable. Use this for general walking on most terrain and it will prove a durable boot for walking in the valleys, hills and moors.
But the toe box is the not the stiffest around, so this is not the best boot for clambering up loose, rocky paths as the feet will be less well protected from rolling boulders. Others have a slighter more aggressive sole unit, but this sole is still better than most and will be adequate for most purposes. If you are walking on paths most of the time, then these drawbacks will be less of an issue, but if you are heading across rough and wild terrain you should look elsewhere.
Upper: Nubuck leather waterproof lining
Sole: Elgon Junior version of M2
Weight: 596g (pair, size 32)
Made in Europe
Stores in UK: England 45; Wales 7; Scotland 15; Ireland 1
Verdict: Buy it if you want a waterproof and durable boot that is ideal for most terrain except the rockiest mountain areas (due to the soft toe box) and the muddiest moors (due to the slightly less aggressive sole unit).