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Cadillac of Backpacking Boots!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I LOVE THESE BOOTS! I was a long time wearer of another brand but after trying these on and wearing them I am a convert. I have taken these out for numerous 3+ day backpacking trips and they have not let me down. They are lightweight, with a sturdy sole, sturdy uppers and cushioning. These also have a small heel cup (I've always had slip before), and just enough room in the toe box for my piggies to wiggle happily. Having Gore-tex means they are waterproof, and they are! I was out on a 3 day trip and it was a total mud and wet -fest slog. My feet were the only part of me that was warm and dry. I have NEVER gotten blisters with these boots either! To be honest, I am so happy to put these on my feet and get moving. Every time I wear them I say outloud, "These boots are the Cadillacs of backpacking boots!" It's true!
good but not suitable for me
I upgraded from The North Face Hedgehog Mid boots to this, and have worn to hike a few peaks of 11,550ft.
They are good but not great as I find the toe area too roomy for my taste (I like my shoes a little snug).
Will recommend to those who like roomy toes!
Year round boot
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is by far my favorite pair of hiking boots. I wear them in the winter when it is snowy with some traction devices slapped on the bottom. I also wear them for spring and fall hikes in the Utah mountains. True to size, extremely comfy. They also look pretty stylish too. Not to "man-ish" with jeans around town.
I saw in one of the questions below the...
I saw in one of the questions below the hunza was suggested for backpacking. Would the Kailash not cut it for say... a 30lb pack?
I've got the men's version of this boot and I would say it is absolutely fine for anything less than heavy (50+ lbs) load hauling. With a 30 lb pack, you'll be fine with this boot. I love them and even though I usually hike and backpack in trail runners, I use these for steep stuff when I have my toddler on my back because they do provide extra support and the brake heel is great on steep downhill walks.
i am going on a 7 day treck in rocky /flat...
i am going on a 7 day treck in rocky /flat and snowy mountain . will this be suitable and are they definately waterproof ?? a big problem is sizing i am a size 6 1/2 to 7 wide foot australian would 38 be the correct size ? please help
This boot is definately waterproof has goretex . Depending on how big of a pack you would be using these may be suitable ..these are hiking boots and are considered a mid duty hiking boot. I think you may want to consider the Hunza which is alos a Scarpa boot has a stiffer midsole and fits a wider foot . http://www.backcountry.com/scarpa-hunza-gtx-boot-womens
The Bhutan and the Kailish seem to be the...
The Bhutan and the Kailish seem to be the same boot other than the Bhutan is all leather. However the reviews are extremely favourable for the Kailash but not so for the Bhutan. Living in Nothern Ontario, the full leather is of interest. Is it as comfortable as the Kailish^
I know this is OLD and perhaps you've found your answer already. I tried both Kailish and Bhutan at some point a couple of years back. Kailish is "softer" initially (therefore more comfortable) however Bhutan has more support around the ankles. I ended up returning both and got Lowa Banff Pro instead as I was doing more "serious" winter climbing and have been happy with my choice. However if you worry about the cold, then you might want to consider insulated winter boots such as Lowa Baikal as it was VERY warm however I also returned that because I didn't like the "high cut" (Banff Pro is not insulated, all leather and less warm but with a thick pair of SmartWool socks I find it warm enough for Northern Quebec and the Adirondack mountains).
Write your question here...What would a 8...
Write your question here...What would a 8 1/2 ladies be in the men's as I have a wider foot and would like to buy this boot.
The SIZE GUIDE on this page (under the drop down options box) says a women's 8.5 is equal to a men's 7.5, which is an EU 40.
Are these sufficiently waterproof to wear...
Are these sufficiently waterproof to wear snowshoeing for 5+ hours?
Yes, they are waterproof enough with the Gore-Tex membrane. However, depending on how cold your feet usually get I'm not sure they would be warm enough. These are designed for hiking/backpacking.
A friend of mine uses this boot as his primary snowshoeing boot, and has used it down to around low-20s, but like Jared says, it depends on the individual and boot fit/sock combination. For colder weather snowshoeing boots, look at insulated boots like the Salomon line, for example: (Nytro, Toundra and Snowtrip).
Light, waterproof boot. Happy so far.
The N. to S. Rim hike through the Grand Canyon is a extremely well groomed/maintained set of trails, so I cant say that I was able to test them on many uneven surfaces. What I can say is that I had NO bruises, blisters, or other issues on the first day long hike into the canyon (i.e. hiking straight down for 6 hrs) or on the last day out of the canyon (i.e. 8 hours hiking uphill). I typically wear a US womens size 9 and purchased these in the size 41, which fit my foot + orthotics v.well. I did sink the entire bottom of the boot to my ankle in a river at one point yet my foot stayed dry. My traction was sufficient on the gravel, sand, and rocky surfaces. Need to do more testing in wet conditions to give a final verdict, but am happy w/this purchase thus far.
My boots in the Grand Canyon.
Hi! I'm needing to order my boots online...
Hi! I'm needing to order my boots online as I live in Thailand and am hiking Kilimanjaro in December. I visited Australia thinking it would be perfect to pick up my boots there, as I'm a US size 10. I found the Scarpa boots SO comfy but alas the biggest size the stores in Sydney carried was a 42 (which should be my size!) and my toes just touched the end with med weight socks. The men's 43 was way too wide. Online I can order "42.5 M EU/10.5 B(M) US" but I only have one try to get them in time...does this sound like it will work for me? So many reviews said sizing was true but it didn't work for me! Thanks for any advice.
I had a pair of Scarpa Kailash fitted size...
I had a pair of Scarpa Kailash fitted size 39 and off to Everest Base Camp in 10 days. Just yesterday I went to a podiatrist as just recently developed alot of blisters only on heel of left foot.Am disappointed as professionally fitted but he told me they're too small. Am looking at a pair of Scarpa Mustang size 40.5 would these be appropriate for such a trek if usuaally size 8-8.5. Desperate and stressed now.
I just trekked to EBC a few months ago, and honestly you'll be fine with just about anything. It's not that cold during the day, so you could even get away with tennis shoes. Hope this gets to you in time.
LOVE THESE BOOTS
I have been looking for boots that fit really good and are comfy. I am an 8 1/2 medium width and I wear prescription orthodics. The 8 1/2 (size 40) were snug but comfortable. I took a short 4 mile hike and was very happy on the way up. The descent was perfect with my heel in place. Great ankle support, but could be a bit better. This specific hike is really rocky with lots of streams and mud holes to cross. My feet stayed dry and the soles held firm on the rocks, many of them wet. These boots should fit a narrower foot also. Or at least I would not hesitate to try them. I did have a problem near the end of my hike where the ball of my feet(sides) were getting smashed and sore. I exchanged them for a size 40.5 which translates into an 8 2/3( who ever heard of that?) But this size just had a little more room in the ball of the foot and just a tiny bit more toe room. AWE PERFECT!
I am comparing these to the Bhutan and...
I am comparing these to the Bhutan and want to understand the difference. The two have been the best fitting boot in my search to replace my beloved hiking boots of 20 years. I see the weight of the Bhutan is a little more. Any differences in performance, wearability or durability? I really loved the feel of the Kailash; Bhutan seems to compare. I see only one review on the Bhutan so I appreciate any information.
The Bhutan is basically the "upgraded" version of the Kailash. Same fit and function, but with a Full leather upper (no fabric like the Kailash) and a higher quality leather for greater durability.
Hello - I am hiking Mt Rainier in a few...
Hello - I am hiking Mt Rainier in a few weeks (early Aug) and am hoping to use these boots... I've had them for only 2 years, and they're in good shape. I believe they are crampon accessible, but wonder if they'll hold up to the 4 day glacier hike...??? Thanks!
You'll need 4 season mountaineering boots for Rainier. The Kailash boots are nice and warm, but not glacier warm. If you want to buy some, you'll need something like the Scarpa Mont Blanc, which my wife loves. Or you can some boots from one of the guide shops at the base of Rainier.
Hi there. I'm looking at the Scarpa Kailash...
Hi there. I'm looking at the Scarpa Kailash GTX boot. If I regularly where a womens size 8, what size should I look for in this brand?
you should go with the 39.5
I am looking for a new pair of lightweight...
I am looking for a new pair of lightweight boots for my narrow feet. How long should the support in these shoes last? My trail runners' support foam is flattened after less than a year and me feet are killing me.
A normal trail runner uses EVA foam for cushion and support, but the Kailash uses a combination of PU and EVA which will last considerably longer than EVA only. Depending on use these boots should last you many years.
No. Heel. Blisters.
One more word: Hallelujah!!!!
Godsend for the narrow foot
I wear a women's 8.5 narrow, one foot is 1/2 size shorter than the other and I have a high arch but a pathetically thin instep (I can almost close my index finger and thumb around it.) Finding hiking shoes/boots is awful but I tried these and they are grand! I did put in an addition 3/4 lenght insole to give more arch support and cushion for my heel. Wore the boots as new for 3 days of 5-7 hr. hikes and rock scrambling and they were fantastic. They are very light, about half the weight I'm used to with my narrow leather Vasques, were pliant but supportive, bent well at the ankle and had absolutely no rubbing points. I'm able to tighten the laces enough to fit without the sides of the boot overlapping across my arch and my skater's bunions are happy. Usually my boot toes look gathered at the point of origin for the laces but these are almost smooth and the boots look lean and stylish. They had excellent traction on smooth rocks and cleaned up beautifully after getting red mud on them. (I did spray them with anti-stain stuff.) I adore them and wear them just for kickin' around because they are so comfortable. They also have room for a medium to thick sock. Thank you Scarpa!