Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50
Charles S.

Charles S.

Charles S.

Charles S.wrote a review of on May 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: 46

Phenomenal boots so far! I haven't had them long, and I'm currently in the process of breaking them in. They don't take much break in, either. I've always been interested in the Scarpa SL, but I've never been able to commit to them until now. About 10 years ago, I bought a pair of the SL M3 boots, but had to return them because I don't fancy the feel of 2x4's strapped to the bottom of my feet. Once the SL Activ was released, I tried them too, a couple times, but could never commit because they always felt just a little too roomy and sloppy for my feet. Now, with the latest version of the boot (the SL Active), they're definitely a winner for me. Notice the difference there; Activ versus Active. That's deliberate. That's a change that Scarpa has made in the naming. The most awesome thing about these boots now is the fully leather-lined heel area. I'm a huge fan of leather-lined Lowas and Hanwags, and usually buy them exclusively. So, I was extremely pleased to see that Scarpa has leather-lined the heels of this latest version of the SL. Besides that, think of it like this. If you've been hiking/trekking/backpacking for as long as I have, then you know what the gold standard of the 90's Vasque Sundowner meant to us all. This new version of the SL Active is literally the epitome of the answer to that, and still made in Italy as well. One more thing, also. Italian boots typically equals narrow fit. Think narrow, pointy, annoying toe boxes on Asolo 520/535. Not with these babies though. VERY nice wide and roomy toe box here; and very surprising for an Italian offering. Thanks, Scarpa! :-)

(2)

 

Charles S.

Charles S.wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

4 5

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

I really liked them, but I couldn't keep them. They're very nice. Length was spot-on with Scarpa's size chart. The toe box is nice-n-roomy, too, for an Italian-made boot, which is surprising. But, they have a little too much volume for me, and I definitely agree with the other reviewer who said the heel pocket is a little sloppy. I have low- to mid-volume feet, with a more narrow heel and boxy fore foot. Lowas tend to fit me the best. I wish these Scarpa boots did, also. Anyway, I'm sure there are others out there that'll fit them just fine. I'd shy away from them though, unless you have fatter/thicker, more high volume feet.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Charles S.

Charles S.wrote a question about on April 3, 2014

Merrell Wilderness... Super nice boot! Made in Italy. As far as I know, Merrell's only style that is made in Italy. So, I highly doubt that Merrell owns its own factory over there, just for producing this one, particular boot. So, who over there makes it for them? Scarpa, Zamberlan, Alico, or someone else? Anyone know?

(0)

 

Charles S.

Charles S.wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm loving mine so far! Everybody knows that Thomson gear is top of the line, and super high quality, so there's really no need to comment on that any further. I got mine on Backcountry, on sale for a really great price, too. The ease of installation and set-up went perfectly. The use so far has been flawless. I have no complaints whatsoever...

(2)

 

0 Comments