Scarpa Mescalito TRK GTX review: The Mescalito gets muscle

Tinkering with a success story can be a gamble – will you improve on the original or spoil its reputation? We take a look at Scarpa’s latest Mescalito model to find out.

Scarpa Mescalito TRK GTX cover image

by Ben Weeks |

There are a few things you should know before reading any further. Number one is that we are huge fans of the Scarpa Mescalito approach shoes. Both the low-cut shoes and the boot-height mids have found favour on the feet of various members of Team Trail, and have been tested extensively across the UK, on the via ferrata routes of the Dolomites, and even on the dizzying dusty heights of Kilimanjaro.

The next thing to note is that these existing models haven’t gone anywhere. If you want a comfortable and easy-going shoe that can handle a bit of scrambling or via ferrata, the Mescalito and Mescalito GTX are still on the Scarpa website, as are the Mescalito Mid GTX which add a little more ankle protection into the offering. So we can breathe a sigh of relief. Scarpa hasn’t tinkered with the Mescalito so much as taken what it has learned from developing this hugely popular line and transferred that knowledge and experience into another Mescalito incarnation: the Mescalito TRK GTX.

Whereas previous models have focused on approach shoe terrain, this latest version is an unashamed mountain boot. Created for rough hill terrain where paths are an option, not an essential, the Mescalito TRK GTX looks very much like the Mescalito Mid – unsurprising seeing as this is the boot it was based on, and the two models share a lot of the same DNA. But the new Mescalito has been beefed up to make it better suited to long hikes, demanding conditions, tough terrain, and heavy packs. Let’s check it out...

Six things you need to know about Scarpa Mescalito TRK GTX

Scarpa Mescalito TRK GTX outer and sole
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Lasting fit

The Mescalito TRK has been built around the BNT last, which makes the size and fit of the shoe very similar to the Mescalito approach shoes and mids which shared the BN last. What this means in practice is that if the approach shoes fitted you, this more trekking focused boot will be similarly suited to your feet.

Precision lacing

Like the Mescalito approach shoes and more climbing focused footwear, the lacing on the TRK extends almost all the way to the toe. This, in combination with Scarpa’s ‘Speed Lacing System’, allows the volume of the shoe to be adjusted for the perfect secure fit.

Boot got sole

Unlike the fairly gentle sole on the approach shoes, the TRK features much more rugged rubber underneath, with a heel-step and chunkier lugs giving the boots greater grip on a range of terrain.

Comfortable collar

Although not as high as heavier weight trekking boots, the padded ankle collar offers some support and reduces stress on the Achilles part of the heel.

Rugged protection

The rubber rand on the TRK extends around the toe to the midfoot, where TPU offers abrasion resistance around the rear and heel. This use of TPU helps reduce weight while maintaining protection.

Light weight

The Mescalito TRK is only a little heavier than the Mescalito Mid, weighing 600g (size 42) compared to 515g for the more svelte model.

Scarpa Mescalito TRK GTX sole
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Specs

Weight 600g per boot (size 42) | Upper material Water resistant 1.8mm suede | Lining bluesign-approved Gore-Tex

Scarpa Mescalito Trek GORE-TEX Men's Boots
Scarpa Mescalito Trek GTX Women's

Trail verdict

For long-distance treks, backpacking adventures, and any terrain where the lightweight Mescalitos won’t quite cut it, these are a superb robust alternative.

More boots for big miles

Fit for all feet

Despite offering an impressive amount of support and underfoot cushioning, the Lowa Renegade GTX

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

Women's version here

A Trail favourite

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Salewa Mountain Trainer 2 Mid

Women's version here

Quest for adventure

With its high level of support and protection combined with Salomon’s reliably grippy All Terrain

Salomon Quest 4

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