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From ice, to rock, and back to ice.

From the Bugaboos to Huntington Ravine, the Scarpa Phantom Guide is a lightweight alpine climbing boot for all your mountaineering needs. The Phantom has an ErgoFit system that allows you to flex your feet naturally so you can get a better grip on small rock flakes when you're ascending technical terrain.

  • PrimaLoft lightweight insulation and multilayer upper adds warmth when you're hitting the ice
  • Waterproof t-zip and integrated gaiter provide protection from the elements so you can climb hard all day long
  • Synthetic Cordura uppers with a DWR coating provide dryness inside of the t-zip
  • Quick lace system can be tightened or loosened easily with cold fingers or gloves
  • ErgoFit sole allows your foot to flex naturally
  • Midsole construction uses microporous polyurethane to improved shock absorption and durability
  • Tough Vibram TT sole for superior grip and traction on variable alpine terrain

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Solid, warm and versatile... GREAT boot!

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

Fits true-to-size, super warm, dry and comfy. Wore out-of-the-box with no break-in on a 3-day ice climb and it just got better from there. Wore on Elbrus with 40-below overboots, a GREAT combination. Not a substitute for double boots in all situations, but a great, light climbing option in many situations.


Integrated Gators Rock!

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

My wife and I have the Guide and 6000 models and we love them. I sometimes question their durability, if used on rock or scree, but so far they have been great for snow and ice climbs. I have noticed a little stiffness around the ankle and tightness around my lower calf, however, these discomforts faided after breaking the boots in. These were our first boots with integrated gators and I don?t think we will ever go back.


Scarpa Phantom Guide in Cordiller Blanca

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

Used these boots now in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru to do several climbs including Nevado Pisco. They were great both in the morraine as on the ice. Great boots. Warm and with great grip.


SCarpa Phantom Guide.

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

I purchased these as my first "real" pair of insulated Mountaineering boots to use Up here in the Northeast(white mtns) as well as an upcoming trip to Rainier this summer.

-FIt= I wear a size 11.5,12 in sneakers and a 12 in hiking boots and I have a relatively wide forefoot and narrow heel. Just for reference, Asolo boots fit me absolutely perfectly in a size 12 and in a wide version where available. I purchased the Phantoms in a size 12.5 to account for a thick mountaineering sock if needed. For me, there is a good amount of room in the boot without being loose. if I were to get a .5 size smaller, they would be too tight. The heel cup is not as snug as in my old asolo mtneering boot, but is fine. You can really dial in the fit with lacing. The little lacing lock things in the instep are worthless, upon my first use of the boots, lacing them up just before hitting the trail. I broke the tabs as I tightened. I took them off and all is well.

-Performance= while not my intention, the first time I used them was during my first ice climbing lesson. There was only a short 200m hike to the climb and the boots did feel a tad stiff on the trail, but nothing unexpected. the boots felt solid and there was no lift or erroneous movement as I climbed on vertical ice as mell as some milder ledges. I used them once more ice climbing and they felt even better. I can't attest to how well they hold up to a day on the trail/glacier. But I have no complaints.


Greg Cruising up the GWI

Greg Cruising up the GWI

Introduced to a new addiction today. Greg Sporting the Phantoms.

Unanswered Question

Would the phantom guide used with a gaiter...

Would the phantom guide used with a gaiter ie OR knee length type, work on Aconcaugua


Backcountry rocks.

    So, at this level of boot, fit is way more important than anything. I learned this through 4 purchased pairs of boots, all through Started with testing out the Salewa Pro Gaiters that I demoed for an entire day at Ouray Ice Climbing. So, I purchased a pair. Then realized it was too big and purchased a smaller pair (up to 2 boots now). Then, I decided to weigh these against Batura GTX 2.0s (up to 3 boots now). I took all of these on single or double trips. Meanwhile, I found out that the Scarpa Phantoms reportedly had a easier fit for some folks. I had issues with every other boot here. Some kind of foot pain. Finally, after ordering these and returning all the others after good solid tests - these worked on the first trip out. I had my boot. This made me sad because I really like La Sportiva and enjoyed ice climbing in worn in Salewa boots.

    Despite how you feel about which boots you want, find the fit that works. The La Sportivas fit better? Keep them. Scarpas fit better? Keep them.

    My point? It works differently for everyone and fit means everything. I love my Scarpa Phantom Guide boots and am excited to go climb Liberty Ridge using these this June.

    How is this boot for hiking? Would it be...

    How is this boot for hiking? Would it be comfortable to go, say, 10 miles a day hiking into a climb with a pack on my back through snow? I have asked at REI, and they tell me to get a regular winter boot, but to me those don't look sturdy enough to be hiking with 50-70 lbs on my back. Will this one be comfortable for that, and keep my feet warm during active use in temps approaching 0� F?

    Also, I wear a size 13 US Mens, should I get a size 47 in these, or up it to a 48? What is the fit like?

    Best Answer

    For long approaches, I would consider the LS Nepal Evo or Scarpa Mont Blanc. Both are insulated so you'll be fine down to 0 degrees. Also, these boots are synthetic, so the leather boots will have better durability especially on those rocky/rough approaches when you're off snow/ice. in terms of sizing, I buy my mountaineering boots a full size up to accommodate thick mountaineering socks and leave some room for going downhill (to prevent toe jams). I normally wear a 44.5 (size 10.5 normally) but my boots are a 45.5. Hope this helps.

    Hi, Do you have smaller number (39) ?


    Do you have smaller number (39) ?

    Best bet for quick answers to stock questions will be to initiate a chat with BC rep using the link at the top of the page. Best of luck!

    How would these compare with the Scarpa...

    How would these compare with the Scarpa Mont Blanc for warmth? I'm looking for a good boot for Cascade mountains. Mt. Rainier especially.

    The Phantom will be a bit warmer than the Mont Blanc but not as warm as a double boot.


    Great fitting and Warm for women

      These boots fit great for a woman. The liner does fit a bit wide. Use an after market footbed and a thicker sock. They keep me nice and toasty during a belay. They tend to get cold if my feet sweat during an approach since they are So warm, so dress appropriately for the weather. They are super comfy on hikes as well.

      Hi, I am thinking buying these for my girlfriend. She is a EU size 39 in sneakers which is equivalent to US Wmns size 7.5. What size do you use in sneakers compared to these?

      Looking at either the scarpa phantom guide...

      Looking at either the scarpa phantom guide or Charmoz gtx. I know they are pretty different, but can anyone throw out a summary?

      I think the main thing you need to consider is whether you need an insulated boot (Phantom Guide) or a non-insulated boot (Charmoz).

      For women, this boot is perfect. Never found it to be too warm unless I am hiking in the sunshine, which is rare for ice climbing. If you are ice climbing, do NOT get a non-insulated boot.

      Just got a pair and I am loving the comfort...

      Just got a pair and I am loving the comfort however...Can anyone speak to the durability of that integrated gaiter? Never having used this style of boot before, I am immediately thinking that this gaiter will not withstand 3 or 4 good talus/scree "descents" i.e., curse, stumble and triple-jump through sharp rocks. The "bottom line" here on the site says "from ice to rock and back to ice" but I am thinking it may be "back in the box and back to the company."

      They are not indestructible, nor are they flimsy. They can be repaired. You can always opt to use a pair of gaiters (might not be a bad idea in snow anyway).

      I think these will hold up pretty well, but if durability is your main thing consider the Scarpa Mont Blanc. Very similar fit but with a beefy leather upper.

      Used the Phantom 6000, which is the same design as the Guide, on Aconcagua and Denali this year - and it's hard to tell I even used the boots more than for a hike or two. Remarkably durable, IMO. Then again, Aconcagua is mostly a trail (except for summit day) and Denali is mostly snow, but still...

      Unanswered Question

      How narrow are the heels of these boots...

      How narrow are the heels of these boots (in comparison to la sportiva trango boots)

      Does anyone know if the BD Sabretooth with...

      Does anyone know if the BD Sabretooth with fit these boots without a problem?

      Best Answer

      Sabertooth fits but the fit could be better, The Ultra below is a Sabertooth with a Petzl front bail. Much better fit than the BD front bail on the Scarpa Phantom Series of boots. Petzl crampons are a better match up out of the box.

      Sabertooth fits but the fit could be better,  The Ultra below is a Sabertooth with a Petzl front bail.  Much better fit than the BD front bail on the Scarpa Phantom Series of boots.  Petzl crampons are a better match up out of the box.

      Cyborg toe bail is perfect. I have the Jorasses Pro (same boot minus the gaiter) and I have used that combination for steep ice for a few seasons. No issues whatsoever.

      Phantom Ultra!

      Phantom Ultra!

      The Guide's baby brother, lighter and just as much fun, Phantom Ultra!

      Phantom Guide!

      Phantom Guide!

      Deep snow and -25C..perfect weather and conditions for the Phantom Guide!