I bought these boots primarily for backpacking and was intentionally looking for a somewhat stiffer boot than the ones I use for day hiking (which are the Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX boot). I tend to like softer soled boots because I like being able to feel the trail and bend my feet more. However, the Salewas were just too soft to wear while carrying the weight of a pack, so I knew I needed something stiffer and more burly. Although most reviews I’ve read about Scarpa say that they are a good brand for narrow feet, I have to disagree. My feet are slightly on the narrower side and certainly lower volume overall than the average feet and I find Scarpas to be bordering on too wide in the toe box. This doesn’t bother me too much as I know my feet will swell under the weight of a pack, the elevation, and miles trekked while backpacking, not to mention they will soften a tiny bit due to the suede outer and will then be able to be tightened a bit more. Straight out of the box they are super stiff and very hard to tighten without getting rope burn from the laces, and I’m a climber! But this tells me they are well-made and durable. They do have some bend in the foot as they do not have a shank like the mountaineering Zodiac *Tech* GTX boot. I like the locking hooks and the slightly asymmetric lacing down to the beginning of the toes, although I would say if you’re looking for to-the-toe lacing for that perfect fit the Salewas I mentioned before are better in that aspect; those laces basically go to the end of the boots and over the big toe.
I change out the insoles in all my boots for Ortholites so I can’t speak to the qualities of the standard insoles Scarpa offers here. Hoping the “Sock Fit” technology is as cool as it sounds, time will tell. I doubt I’ll ever wear these on a day hike/without a heavy pack as they’ll be too stiff for my liking and I don’t like saying it, but I do envision some hot spots/blisters as I break these guys in.