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Narrow for Scarpa

I ordered these and the North Face Vindicator GTX Mid at the same time. On paper, they are nearly the same. IRL, they are pretty different. Scarpa usually treats me well because their last is wide in the toe. The last on this is a mid-width however, and caused the aformentioned toe rubbing. Also the sole was quite hard for a light hiker, and the heel cup is a bit flat and narrow (which is somewhat normal for Scarpa). The narrowness and hardness made TNF boot win out (TNF has a very wide last), however if it fits your foot a bit better than me this thing with some aftermarket insoles seems like it would make a killer scrambling boot, as it felt like it would be very good and grippy at technical foot placements. Felt like it would require zero break in.