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For short hikes and long slogs.

Whether you take the Scarpa Women's Kailash GTX Hiking Boot on a day hike or a weeklong backpacking trip, it ensures you have the support and durability you need for every step. The Gore-Tex membrane creates a waterproof breathable barrier between your foot and a muddy stretch of trail. Scarpa used a Vibram Hi-Trail Lite sole to give you the traction you need and the long-lasting performance you expect. The suede upper and rubberized toe cap make the Kalish GTX Hiking Boot as burly as you could want without the feel of a heavy waffle stomper.

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4 5

Durable but lightweight

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These were the first backpacking/hiking boots I ever purchased. I bought them for a 35 day NOLS backpacking trip in the Himalayas, and I'm still using them 5 years later.

I tried on a variety of different boots (leather, mid-height, etc), but these felt the best. They're not stiff and heavy like leather, and they still give you the protection and ankle support you need. The traction on these bad boys is also amazing! When I broke these in, I never got blisters. Since my 35 day backpacking trip, I've taken these out for day hikes, 5 day excursions, snowshoeing trips, and more.

I usually wear a size 7-7.5 and I went with a 38 in these to leave room for warm socks.

The only complaints I have are:
1) The waterproofing wears off rather quickly, and it's hard to re-treat these, especially once they're caked with mud/dirt.
2) I've noticed that over time, the cushioning isn't as supportive (to be expected), and my feet get sore quickly on long distance hikes, especially going downhill.

I plan to hike to Everest Base Camp in May. It's a 2 week+ trek and will have fluctuating temperatures, but mostly freezing temperatures towards the end. Will these boots be enough?

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Probably. I've taken these on some pretty big/long trips and been fine. If you don't have that much time to break boots in, these would likely be a great choice. Because they're not leather, they're a lot less stiff and therefore easier to break in (I didn't get any blisters).
I've taken these in the snow/rain, and they held up pretty well at first, but the waterproofing wore off after a while, and since then they don't handle as well in the snow/wet conditions.
If you wear thick socks (and bring plenty extra), you should be fine. But these will be more breezy and less warm than leather because of the mesh/suede.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I love my Scarpa tele boots so when I decided to finally chuck my 10 yr old hiking boots I opted to go with scarpa. I feel the money is well worth a good solid pair of boots. They are sturdy and keep my ankles stable (I tend to roll my ankle). I also walk heavy so I tend to stub my toes a lot. The nice strong toe bed has kept my toes safe and free from pain. My feet have been kept dry In snow and wet conditions. I didn't get any blisters as I broke them in. But I did tape my ankles the first time around just in case. These boots are a little heavy duty but I find they are my go to all year round boot.
I'm a 6.5-7 and I bought these in 38. I'm normally a euro 37 but don't be fooled go for the 38.

Unanswered Question

Hi! Ive got a size 6 foot (Australian)......

Hi! Ive got a size 6 foot (Australian)... I tried on a 37 today and they were too big! Unfortunately I cant find anywhere to try a smaller size on. Can anyone suggest if a 36 would be suitable? I have a narrow foot. Thanks!

4 5

Great for traction!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These are my first real hiking boots I've purchased, so I've been reluctant to leave a review for them until I've worn them out a handful of times. I've worn these boots on some pretty extreme hikes around 5 times now since I've purchased them back in December of last year.

The first time I wore them, I ended up getting a massive blister on one of my heels. I always keep hearing how awful it is to break in new boots though and how when everyone gets new hiking boots, it can be quite the unpleasant challenge to get them properly broken into, so I've been keeping that in mind. Beyond my heels sometimes hurting when I hike, the toes in these boots is also very tight I've noticed. I don't mean tight in the sense that I sized these small and my toes are hitting the edge, as I still have plenty of room for my toes at the top, but rather, all around the toe area of the boot it is just pretty snug. I've noticed that my toes can feel almost numb when I take them out of the boots after long use because of this. I'm not sure if this is something else that will gradually become less of an issue as I break them in more.

Onto a more positive note! These boots are extremely great for traction. I got these to hike around the mountains and mesas of New Mexico, and lately that's also been scrambling up and down steep hillsides full of snow and ice, and these boots help me stick and hold traction even in times I was worried I would slip or fall. The tread on the bottom seems aggressive enough for these types of situations, which is what I was mainly concerned about when looking for boots.

Additionally, I feel very secure when wearing these boots. I know a lot of people roll their ankles out hiking, even in some hiking boots, but these hug my ankles well and hold firm, which is reassuring.

All-in-all, I really do like these Skarpas. I can't wait to break them in further as I go on more adventures.

Great for traction!

When will the Kailash GTX size 42 be in...

When will the Kailash GTX size 42 be in stock?

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Hey Cindy,

Unfortunately we do not have an exact date for that. However, I do show we have two size 42.0 on their way and I would expect them to be available on the site in early February.

5 5

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!

Cadillac of Backpacking Boots!
3 5

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!

5 5

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?

Best Answer Responded on

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

Responded on

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 .

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^

Responded on

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).

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How did the boots hold up; comfort, etc. a year later?

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Depending on how much you hike, they should last awhile. I have worn various Scarpas for years, as they fit my foot well.
I would give these boots a 5 year lifetime. I'm on my 3rd pair of them!

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.

Responded on

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?

Responded on

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.


Responded on

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).

4 5

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 can’t 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 women’s 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.

Unanswered Question

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.

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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.

5 5


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!