Technical, high-comfort boots for serious travel by foot.
The Scarpa SL Active Boot has raked in more than its share of awards, including Trail Magazine's 'Best in Test.' Thanks to the addition of a flexible ankle cuff, Activ Fit technology, and a full rubber rand, it's poised to snag a few more prizes. Of course, the only award that really matters is the win your feet get when they spend a few trail days in these flexible, supportive, and extraordinarily lightweight boots. These boots will see you through a multi-week trek or hard push through rough terrain.
- Activ Fit tech includes a host of innovative features applied top-to-bottom for superior comfort
- Supple Sherpa HS12 leather is extra thick for sturdy support, and it's treated with the HS12 tanning process so it resists scuffing
- Cocona liner fabric, derived from natural coconut fibers, wicks moisture and inhibits microbial growth to keep these shoes fresh after days on the trail
- Micro-pulley hardware in the lacing system uses small pulleys within each eyelet to help the laces cinch evenly, smoothly, and with minimal effort
- Breathable ViscoFlex memory foam footbed offers better cushioning and minimal compression
- Dual-density PU midsoles features extra cushioning in the heel and forefoot so you're feet won't feel quite so exhausted at the end of the trail
- Full-perimeter rubber rands protect your feet from sharp rocks and sticks, boosts durability, and stops moisture from seeping in between the uppers and the soles
- Vibram Biometric soles provide superior traction on a wide range of surfaces and specifically work to grip with the movement of your stride
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These are a very well-made boot. High quality leather, lacing hardware, stitching and a very cushy midsole that feels like walking on clouds. The oval cut-outs in the brown leather is replaced with a thinner black leather that makes for a very flexible ankle. I think they're still supportive laterally, but they flex forward like butter. Some may love that as it's very comfortable, but I'm just not used to that and like a little more ankle support. I love the fact that these don't have Gore-Tex, just high-quality leather and minimal seams. I find if you treat them well with Nikwax regularly they're plenty waterproof and breathe better. Unless, of course, you're using the boots for fly fishing or you prefer to do your backpacking in the bayou during monsoon season, then by all means, Gore-Tex all the way.
Most importantly, the fit. The best boots in the world aren't worth a damn if they don't fit well. I have a high-volume forefoot, D to E width, with a high instep and broad squareish toes (which is usually the most limiting factor besides having one 13.5 and one 12.5). The SL Activ has a very broad toe profile that fit me very well and would give anyone a roomy toe box for end-of-the-day foot swell and prevent toe-bang on the downhills. They also creased across the toes very comfortably, even on both feet which are a full size difference. The instep seemed pretty average, not too low, and just barely high enough for me. One reviewer said these these have a narrow heel pocket, but I would disagree. Along with my mostly high-volume fore-foot, I have very narrow low-volume heels, more like a La Sportiva heel. The SL Activ seemed to have an average to high volume heel compared to the dozen other boots I've tried on lately. Even after putting my Superfeet insoles in to fill up some of that room, my heels were still swimming, which would've given me horrible blisters so I ultimately sent them back.
You'll never know until YOU try them on.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
So far, so good. The boots run true to size. Great looking boot and holds its own on the mountain. Excellent rigidity in the sole for rock hopping and the ankles feel secure. They seem to have a narrower fit in the heel, which is great for me to get proper heel lock. the leather is smooth so scuffs and scrapes tend to show up noticeably, but they are hiking boots not dress shoes so who cares. To this point they have few cons. The heat they trap can be awful (I live in the desert), despite not having goretex (though all leather boots have that tendency). Also, I find the boot limited in its ability to lace up tight enough above the ankle. the lacing system overall is great, but my shins are just too skinny and even with the lacing as tight as can be up top there is some spare room. This might not be a problem for other folks, however. I would definitely recommend and purchase again.
is sl active completely waterproof ???
They don't have a gore-tex lining but the leather (which is about 3mm thick) is impregnated with a silicone cream which makes it waterproof. I own the previous model to this one and have never had them leak, nor do i think i ever will, especially if you grease them before each trip. The only way mine have ever got wet on the inside is if i've walked through mud or water that's higher than the boot itself
Are these going to be the replacement to the SLM3 boot?
Where did the SLM3 go to...?
Where are these boots manufactured?
They are Italian made.