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Coming from a full leather Vasque Summit GTX i cant say enough about the kailish. Obviously its going to have the Scarpa quality the world has come to know, but i would have never thought they would be so comfy. I would say they compare to asolo in quality. They broke in very easily, really just took one hike up chimney tops in gsmnp to break them in. We did eatern half of AT in GSMNP and mt leconte in the snow and ice and my feet stayed dry and mostly warm other than sitting around shelter at night. The boots worked great with katoohla microspikes. This is a picture at icewater springs shelter with the microspikes on. Overall awesome boot and will diffidently buy another pair when these bite the dust.
I were size US 12. Anyone recommend a size for me. There is either 45 or 46.5 left. Not sure what size to go with.
The size chart recommends 45.5/46 for a size 12. These boots run a little narrow. If you have a wider foot you might be able to use the 46.5. In my opinion, when it comes to hiking boots, you want a little bit of extra toe space to accommodate for swelling in your feet as you are hiking. That being said, you also don't want your foot moving around. Don't compromise a good fit for a good boot. You can always give it a shot and then return it if it doesn't work. Backcountry has an awesome return policy.
Thanks. Just ordered three different sizes to find the perfect fit. They were willing to let me return the other two free of charge.
Bought a week before a trip to the smokies and broke them in on chimney tops trail. Next day we started a hike from Fontana to hot springs on the AT in the snow and ice. The boots did great. Feet stayed dry and warm and they worked very good with the kathoola microspikes. This is my first pair of synthetic and at this point I will never switch back to leather. Plus scarpa boots are high quality.
What is the height of these boots. I have been looking all over, and can not find the height
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
I bought these boots for my Dad's 60th birthday - and can I just say how stoked he was! Lets just put it this way, for now I am the favorite daughter :) They look perfect - extremely well made, they totally lived up to Scarpa's standard of excellence, besides they are made in Italy, and those Italians know footwear. Fit was perfect right out of the box. I will let you know what kind of mountain stomping action my silver haired dad gets into once they get some mileage. Until then they are a crowd pleaser.
These boots are unreal! Right out of the box they fit amazing and had no issues with them on my first hike. From there, they have only got better and better with time on the trail.
The Vibram sole on these boots has a nice tacky feel when on steep wet terrain and worked solid in all conditions.
Looking for a boot to buy and last you a while? Look no further, this boot is worth it's weight in gold. Thanks Scarpa!
I have used these boots for a whole week straight in very rough, root-choked terrain, dirt roads and swamps in Rhode Island's Camp Yawgoog. These boots have treads like Alligator teeth to the point where I could stand sideways on a wet, mossy rock without slipping. The reinforced toe is very strong and while not a steel toe, gives you some peace of mind. The laces are the best I've seen come on a boot, but will probably replace them with some 550 Cord anyways. Some other reviewers of this boot said it felt like wearing sneaker, and while this boot is certainly light, you definitely feel that you are wearing a boot, especially when running. However, it probably didn't help that my field testing was my break-in period. Lacing is very secure (especially if you tie your boots Mountaineering style), however, at certain points, the boot was too constricting. This was my fault most of the time, but it was hard to find a happy medium between too tight and too loose. The boots are absolutely waterproof and while people say "Goretex doesn't breath", paired with the right socks (Darn Tough Vermont USMC Issue), the boot isn't overly sweltering, even in Summer heat. While NO structural or catastrophic failures occurred, aesthetic durability was a little bit lower than my expectations. The imaging on the insole and Made in Romania writing rubbed off due to friction and the tan "mooshy" material above the Vibram outsole and right below the greenish area (Pepper and Stone model) is partially abraded. This material is very soft and seems to be there for comfort, I feel this problem could be averted if Scarpa put a Cordura covering over the area similar to the Cordura Hydration Tube Covers for Reservoirs/Bladders on the market and on Source Bladders. Sizing was a little difficult in these boots for me, I am a 9.5-10 yet needed a 10.5 in these boots. I will be replacing the insole with a hard Superfeet one instead of the soft Scarpa one it comes with for more support with less comfort. I'll write a separate review on wash-ability when I see if I can restore the original Sand/Tan color from the current light brown that I got from walking in swamps and getting muddy. I guess my boots have character. I would not have any other boots willingly on the high-ropes, climbing, rappelling and zip-lining "Challenge" course I completed while there (except maybe Corcoran "Jump Boots" for landing shock). While not what they are meant for, they performed superbly. All in all these boots are PHENOMENAL! and worth every penny. As an added factor of cool and as someone already said, apparently these boots are being used by some members of the 75th Ranger Regiment (The U.S. Army's Rapid-Reaction, Special Operations Light Infantry Raid Force) in Afghanistan.
P.S. I'll post a review of how they perform in an upcoming Mountain Hike too.
These are excellent boots. I've used them extensively in the coast range, the Rockies and in the Chilcotins for hiking and backpacking. Also extensive use in the Indian Himalayas for hiking and backpacking. Comfortable out of the box. Highly recommend them. Backcountry.com has the best prices too on this model.
Great fit out of the box. I have a slightly narrow foot and enjoy some additional room in the toe box. Stand-in-water waterproof and stylish for the trail. Quality, durable double stitched seam construction. One small downside is the flimsy insole these come with- I had to upgrade to a pair of green superfeet with a more supportive heel cup and to better support my arches. No shoe or boot manufacturer provides quality inserts, so it is imprtant to consider them regardless, so I cannot dock the boot any stars as a result. For the price and with back country's bullet proof return policy I would recommend buying these Scarpa Kailash GTX boots. I'm considering buying a second pair while their sale is on.
I took these for a 1 month hike in the Appalachian, and the first thing i noticed is the high treads make it easy to climb over downed trees in high inclines, the also allow you to really get good grip in almost every condition you may face. They are very waterproof to the point were I was intentionally walking in puddles and just watching as the water just ran off. They have great shock absorption, which is great on long hikes a bad boot can ruin a trip but these can make and backpacking trip a dream. the only downside to them is if you come across large size pebbles around 1-2", that are loosely thrown about you may have a bit of a stumble but otherwise these are the best boots I've ever owned, I would recommend them to anyone looking for the ultimate comfort.
I love these boots. After all these years of wearing size 12 men's American, I am thrilled to switch to 45.5, or 11 2/3. I have never warn a pair of boots that were a better fit. Beyond that, they are light yet durable, rugged, and keep the wet out. I have come to think of them as a great hiking and backpacking boot. Couldn't be happier with my choice. I have only taken them out one week on trail so far, between 8200 and 6800 feet, they have performed well In cold, snow, sand, and slickrock.
My only complaint about this boot that is that the soles of the boots are too flexible and scrunched up under my toes. This was a disappointment because I can see that these boots are well crafted and it is only the soles that are a problem for me. I'm not going out of my way to purchase soles that don't create ridges under my feet...
But I appreciate the boot's durability, light weight, beautiful appearance, and the support their offer.
I purchased these and the Lowa Renegade to see which would fit my B-width foot better. I kept the Lowa because the Kailash was too wide in the heel, which slipped when I walked. Also, it just wasn't very substantial as a shoe. Felt more like a trail sneaker than a hiking boot. I wanted something that would offer more support on rugged terrain.
I'm wearing the Kailash GTX Mid on my left and the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid on the right, and trying to figure out which pair to keep.
For those worried about sizing, I'm normally a 10-10.5, and the 45.5 fits me perfectly. The 46 is way too large. My forefoot is probably normal width and the Kailash fits perfectly. The Lowa is wider outside, but feels about the same inside.
The Lowa feels sturdier because the footbed is wider. The Scarpa is definitely a narrower boot, but both fit me perfectly. The Lowa also feels a bit more secure around the ankle, but both aren't going to provide real support. As an example, with both laced up tightly, the Kailash easily allows a finger in the side (1st inch) whereas the Renegade requires a bit more push.
The soles both have their pluses and minuses. The Renegade has great rear-heel traction and even has a slight curve with ridges over the heel -- it looks hard to lose grip with a heel slide. The Kailash has a much more rugged sole, but the the last inch is smooth.
From all of the reviews, people seem to like the Kailash's durability, but seems a common complaint for the Renegade.
I'll wear them a few more days indoors before deciding.
Update from Italy:
I just got back from a week of hiking in the Dolomite's, and these boots were marvelous. Hiked in the rain, up and down scree, and traversed via ferratas. I had the orange super feet in them. The scree and rock was a bit hard on my feet, but I attribute that mainly to my feet being a little soft.
The soles gripped the rock really well, even when slightly wet, though they slipped a bit when really wet (normal, I would guess.)
My only complaint is the size that fits me best lengthwise is a tiny bit too wide.
This boot is lightweight but performs much like a heavier more stable boot. The construction is solid and the tread is perfect. It is very comfortable and structured through the entire boot. It cups the heels and stabalizes the arch. The boot a bit narrow in the toe but nothing extreme.
These boots have had a tough 6 months. I used them in deep snow, long hikes and very wet caves. They kept my feet very dry, even when I stepped in a 6" deep pool when caving. I though I'd spend the rest of the time with a soggy foot, but my socks were nice and dry. Paired with some thick wool socks these boots kept my feet nice and warm during some deep snow mountain climbing. The only complaint I have, and it goes for most so called breathable waterproof clothing is that they don't really breathe well. On hikes in the 70's my feet tended to get fairly hot, I'll look for something else to use this summer for sure.
I'm 12 in Caterpiller and Hi Tek, wich could bemy size on Scarpa?
45.5 should work in a scarpa
I wear a size 7 1/2- 8 mens regular. What size should I order? Normally wear thin socks Thanks
According to their sizing, an euro 41 is a mens size 8, but then a euro 40 is a mens size 7.5... if you can find em in 40.5 (I don't think they make sizes smaller then US 8?) I would get that size, otherwise you might have to try the 41 and if that doesn't work go with a different boot mfg.
I love these boots for anything other than heavy loads and glacier travel. They have great support and are extremely lightweight. They required no break in for me (no blisters, sore feet, or beat up toes on first use). They even maintain their waterproof seal until they are falling apart. Their only drawback is they wear out quickly. In particular, the support is significantly reduced before the tread is worn off. I've worn out 4 pairs and I'm working on the fifth.