Support for the most brutal approaches.
Whether you are making the march to Upper Chaos in RMNP, or sweating your way to the top of Clark Mountain for a burn on Jumbo Pumping Hate, the Scarpa Tech Ascent GTX is your go-to approach shoe. The Extended Comfort Gore-Tex lining lets your feet breath and keeps them dry in wet conditions while the mid-cut design and sticky rubber keep you from rolling an ankle in the talus. If your latest project includes a brutal approach, help improve your odds for success by booting up in the Tech Ascent.
- The suede upper and Extended Comfort Gore-Tex Lining allow your foot to breath while keeping it dry during early-morning approaches in dew-soaked meadows
- Vibram Vertical Approach sole with sticky rubber provides ample friction for technical approaches over granite slabs
- The Overlasted rubber toe rand enables secure edging and stances
- Technical mid-cut design is compact while providing ankle support in difficult terrain
- The Tech Ascent weighs in at 1lb 2oz per shoe, making it light enough to pack away during the climb
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Would approach shoes work well for long...
Would approach shoes work well for long distance backpacking? Or would I be better of using a full on hiking boot? Pack will probably be ~40lbs
With a pack of that weight, I would suggest a light to medium hiking boot. However, this is really dependent on what kind of terrain you will be hiking. These boots are best suited to rocky terrain, or anywhere where a sticky sole would be advantageous.
It depends on the approach shoe. For the Tech Ascent I would say that yes, this will work great for long distance backpacking with a 40lb pack. The Mid top height and the PU midsole will work just as well as most hiking boots.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I wore these for the first time crossing a glacier at about 4,500m. I was worried about blisters etc but nope, zip, nada, not a single issue despite wearing them 10 hours on the first day. These shoes were excellent on boulder hopping , not so good on ice and snow but hey thats a tough ask of any boot made for approaches. I ended up crossing a snow bound pass at 5,400 m in these boots and only got slightly cold feet. I really rate these shoes as an approach and found them more comfortable for general walking than the Ganda.
Are these crampon compatible?
Are these crampon compatible?
These will only work with fully strap on style crampons
Hello, thanks for the question!
You should check these crampons out. They work with any style boot.
Scarpa Tech Ascent GTX Shoe - Men's
The sole looks awful thin. Has anyone ever...
The sole looks awful thin. Has anyone ever hiked in these or are they only for cold weather/snow?
The sole is very flexible, and a great three season climber/hiker boot. While they're great at keeping the water out, I haven't had the chance to try them in snow yet.
If your feet do not run cold in winter, they might suffice for snow shoeing, but the mid-height ankle might let a bit of snow in (without gaiters).
Does scarpa no longer offer a widrh...
Does scarpa no longer offer a widrh option?
Unfortunately this shoe does not come in varied widths.
The heel is normal/slightly narrow, but the toe box is nice and spacious for a standard size boot.