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Backpackers who seek rough terrain and weight-reducing gear should lace up the Scarpa Zanskar GTX Boot before setting out on the next great adventure.

  • Gore-Tex membrane guarantees waterproof protection and breathability
  • Micro-pulley hardware allows for easy and quick lacing
  • Vibram Biometric sole gains traction even on wet and steep surfaces
  • Bi-directional ankle flex provides the support you expect from a backpacking boot without constricting you during your stride
  • Protective rubber toe rand adds durability
  • ActivFit technology helps encourage an engaged and sensitive fit for safety through sketchy terrain and comfort over long distances
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Comfortable, Grippy, and Tough

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

I bought the Zanskars after a terrible experience with Salomon 4D GTXs on the Pemi Loop in NH. I've used the Scarpas in a wide variety of conditions, from mid-Atlantic winter trails to the jungles of Colombia. Amazing grip on everything from wet rock to deep mud, loose scree to snow and ice. They're as good downhill as going up, they provide support while being remarkable nimble for a boot this stiff, and they do a great job protecting the soles of your feet over rough terrain. Amazingly, despite the nubuck and Goretex, my feet never overheated, even on a multiday trek in 90+F and 80+ humidity conditions. While objectively they're not that light, they wear like a lighter boot - even after 6-7 hours of hiking with long uphill sections, I never get the feeling they're weighing me down. A great fit for my narrow heels and wide forefeet, Backcountry should start selling these again - they deliver where other widely praised boots don't measure up.

High quality burly boot

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

I had to return this boot because it didn't fit my skinny low volume foot well and didn't quite meet my needs, but I was impressed with it. The quality is very high, and the lacing system is superb. The volume was just too high for me, higher than some other Scarpa boots I have had in the past. The midsole/shank is quite stiff but has a lot of rocker which makes it walk well. Although the weight is low, this is definitely a solid boot for carrying heavy loads - not a flexy day hiker.

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I'm debating between these boots and the Scarpa SL Active boot. I'm looking for a boot for 3 - 7 day backpacking trips, carrying a weight of 30 - 42 pounds, and that handles wet conditions and scrambling quite well. Which boot would you recomend? What are the major differences between the two?