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    28 Reviews


    Kinesis Pro GTX Boot

    A journey deep into the canyon brings you to an untouched, wild world between sheer rock walls, and the sturdy, durable Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX Boot ensures you get there and back without a slip or struggle. Its tough, rock-ready nubuck leather and Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane ensure no moisture gets inside and no blisters develop, keeping you moving toward your next camp or shelter.
    • Smoothout nubuck leather upper and rubber rand around the entire boot doesn't wear out after many rocky summits or canyon loop trails
    • Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane ensures dry steps over rainy, muddy, or snowy trails
    • Vibram Biometric rubber outsole grips, brakes, and secures your steps over any terrain you may encounter, and self-cleaning lugs prevent the build-up of mud
    • Contoured Active Pro 4mm footbed and dual-density PU midsole cushion thousands of steps while weighed down by a heavy backpack
    • Tall boot design supports ankles to prevent injury in the wilderness and a TPU shank provides stability on uneven ground
    • Numerous lace loops provide an even, reliable fit over you whole foot and a tongue gusset prevents rocks from hitching a ride inside your boot
    • Activfit Technology uses an anatomical last so you don't have to break in the boot for days before you begin your trek
    • Item #SCR0224

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    [outer] nubuck leather, [rand] rubber
    Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane
    Active Pro (4mm)
    dual-density PU, TPU shank
    Vibram Biometric
    Claimed Weight
    [each] 1 lb 14 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, hiking, trekking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Scarpa Kinesis Pro

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

    A solid boot with good support. My favourite boot. I just bought a second pair of the Kinesis Pro after using my first for 4+ years. The material and stitching are quality and the boot fits around my foot better than most and as good as any I have tried - it is a great looking boot too, if style counts. The tread pattern offers good grip in the mountain terrain of BC where I live. I wish they made the exact boot in a 10 inch height - it would be the perfect BC hunting boot.

    Drying Issue

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11 US
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    I really like these boots! I bought them a year ago for hunting in Colorado and after 4 weeks of intense use, both hunting and backpacking with 80-120 pound packs, the boots look brand new. All other boots I have bought in the past 8 years start to fall apart after 1 week of hunting.

    My ONLY issue is that when I walked through tall grass during down pouring rain, water was able to soak my pants, run down my legs, soak my socks, and get into the boots. I know this a failure with my clothing, but the complaint with the boot is that they took an entire week to fully dry out. I'm not sure what the inner sole is made out of, but for some reason it takes a very long time to dry out, even when left in the sun in our dry climate in Colorado.

    Other than this, I would definitely recommend this boot. I would also suggest that if you wear this boot, invest in high quality rain pants and gaiters to prevent water from getting into the top of the boots.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    I've only had these a few weeks past break in but this is the perfect boot for me, albeit a bit heavy. Comfy with HUGE ankle support, sole is grippy and looks amazing. Sizing is hard to get right, I needed to return mine twice so be sure not to put ANY wear on them before you are SURE they fit you.

    6 years and still going strong.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 47
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 220lbs

    I have put these boots through the wringer. From the saltwater environment to tundra and beaver ponds to the more alpine... They have held up better than I could have dreamed. I have hauled loads over 100 pounds and my feet were always well supported.

    6 years and still going strong.

    The Best

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    These boots are likely the best boots I've ever warn. They break in and are very comfortable and extremely durable. My feet are on the narrow side which Scarpa boots fit perfectly. Excellent Boots!!!

    Great Boots

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 180lbs

    These have been really really good boots. I use mostly for hunting, putting on cold in the morning and not taking off till after dark day after day. Miles of rocky mountains, water, mud, snow, ice, and they have been great. Good balance between weight and support.

    Beautifully built boots

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43.5 and 44
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    These boots are really well built, but I just can't get a fit in Scarpa anymore. They've narrowed their toe boxes and sizing up a half size puts the crease in the forefoot in a bad spot for me. BTW this isn't my feet splaying. I've had my old boots right along side my new ones and even looking at them, could see the difference in forefoot width - where the outer foot begins to narrow in towards the toe starts farther back on the foot, resulting in a skinnier forefoot . I probably am going to have to go back Salomon 4d boots, which are also getting narrower in the forefoot for some unknown reason (comparing my 4d I with 4d II boots, there's a noticeable difference, and now reviewers are saying the 4d IIIs are even narrower than the IIs).


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 12.5
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 172lbs

    I am a regular shopper at BACKCOUNTRY and would recommend them anytime. Since my required size was not available so I had to buy my boots from an alternate source.

    INITIAL EXPERIENCE..My initial experience with this boot was not very pleasant .The sizing on the box showed Size EU 46.5 and US 12.5 however the size mentioned inside the boot was EU 46.5 but the US size as 12 instead of 12.5. Eventhough the fit was just perfect for me but I was still curious to know what could be the reason for this sizing mix up ? So I decided to send a direct email to SCARPA. The reply came after 40 days "Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. There was a printing error on the inside of the boot tongue. The sizing on the box that the boots came in is correct."

    MY OBSERVATION... These boots are slightly on the heavier side but comfortable enough for an extended backpacking trip. The sole is not very stiff but stiff enough to be stable and comfortable at the same time.

    I noticed that the width of the Rubber Rand around the right foot differs approx 1 cm when compared with the Rubber Rand around the left foot ( only I could notice that and may not be noticeable for others. The lacing system is amazing but the laces do not look very durable i could already notice some threads coming off.

    CONCLUSION... I wore these for a seven days trek in Himalayas and my feet stayed dry and comfy but the boot has already lost its DWR coating.

    I would certainly recommend BACKCOUNTRY and SCARPA KINISIS boots however I think scarpa needs to upgrade its quality control and customer service.


    Hey Azhar, I feel you on the laces coming apart. Same thing happened to me. It's the one let down of the boot after spending over two hundred bucks, you'd think there'd be a nicer lace included. But as far as the waterproofing, that comes down to leather care. I'd really recommend going out and getting a small tub of Obenauf's leather LP and using it (sparingly) on your boots. I use it on my logger style White's and have found that the Scarpa's love a good buff every now and then too. Really helps with waterproofing for stream crossings and such. But, don't put too much near the heel or you may lose some ankle support. Cheers!

    Thoroughly Impressed

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43.5
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I've been on a few hikes in these boots, averaging 8 miles each. With every other boot I have owned in the past I experience a bit of discomfort, pressure points, or blistering during break-in. This is the first time I was throughly impressed with how comfortable and confidence inspiring a boot can be. I had zero issues or discomfort hiking in these. I needed a new pair for trekking through Patagonia but also generally wanted a boot that was built tough, would break in wonderfully, and last me for a long time. They are a bit heavier than other backpacking boots, but I think the comfort and construction are worth the extra weight. I think I found the perfect boot.

    They are very stiff out of the box, but once you start to break them in the sole softens up and flexes in the right spots while remaining stiff in the right spots. The heel has a very firm compressive layer which is great for carrying a pack. The lugs on the bottom are awesome. Hiking over rocky, slippery, loose, or jagged terrain, these things grip like nothing else. You can plant your foot and not worry about slipping. The high ankle of the boots does an awesome job of stabilizing your ankle, and the grey leather ankle material is really soft, but much more resilient than a textile material. One of my favorite things are the pulley lace loops combined with the locking lace loops. You can really dial in a great fit and give your toes space after a day of hiking, while keeping your heel locked in. The pulley laces make it really easy to take the boots off quickly. Its great being able to just pop the boots off after setting up a tent without having to yank and pull at the laces frantically while on the verge of passing out.

    Overall, I'm very impressed and can't wait to hit the traill in these things again.

    Hey Filip, we're right about the same height and weight and I'm considering getting a pair of these. Could you give more details on sizing? I'm 5'11", 160, normally wear 10.5 street shoes (addidas). I've never had a chance to try scarpas in a store. If you had any advice on how the fit is (length, width, etc), sizing up/down, was your final pair 43.5 as you listed or was that the initial size that ran small, etc? Any advice would be a huge help. Thanks!

    Freakin LOVE these boots; small fit

      Sturdy, comfortable, warm, stiff yet flexible. Can’t say good things about these boots. I’m a guy that likes a lot of support to compensate for not so great back and knees. So a little extra weight on my feet to trade for rock solid stability is totally worth it for me. I’m a pretty big guy (6’1”, 220lbs) and even with a 30lb pack my feet and legs never hurt. Totally recommend. Recommend going a half size larger than your normal shoes.

      Great hiking boot

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

      Great boot that fits true to size! Super Comfortable especially after they're broken in. I Can definitely hike for very long distances without getting foot fatigue with these great boots!

      More about Scarpa than the boot

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      I bought this boot over a year ago, and it performs great in terms of traction on different surfaces from snow to talus to scree, heat conduction is amazing and is an overall good product. However, the laces on the left boot broke after some use. This was well within a year and I contacted Scarpa about it. They referred me to an online seller. For an expensive top of the line hiking boot, I would have expected better service than that. I have owned La Sportiva and Columbia boots without this happening for years on end. I havent had to deal with their customer support but I sure hope it is better than this. Thanks Scarpa.

      More about Scarpa than the boot

      A note on sizing for narrow feet

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 45
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 170lbs

      Many have commented that the boot works for a wide foot and also suggesting sizing up 1/2 to 1 size. I have a very slender foot and ankle, and if you do please consider my experience. My foot length is size 11 1/2, so I had sized up to 45.5. But with my narrow foot, the boots were too big, even with very beefy orthotics and socks. Now I'm hiking in a 45 and find that just right. I noticed when I removed the insoles and compared the length to all my other footwear insoles (Nike, Merrell, Montrail etc) they were exactly 11 1/2, a perfect match. So if you have a really narrow foot, my experience is, consider not sizing up.

      Perfect Boot for ME!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 46
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 210lbs

      I was looking for a nice hiking/backpacking boot with good ankle support. I also wanted a boot that I could use for snowshoeing. I spent 3 weeks visiting different stores trying on over twenty different boots. I wanted a great boot with excellent support, fit and comfort. Three boots fit just right but only one had the build and hardware that was superior.....SCARPA! I went snowshoeing the next day and for the first time in years returned with happy feet! I have taken several hikes and I am very, very happy with these boots. Very comfortable and supportive! After a long hunt I have bagged the perfect boot for me! THANK YOU SCARPA!!!! and Back Country for having a wide variety of great boots to choose from. I normally wear a size 45 or 45.5 - the size 46 was just right.

      Best Boots

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 44
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 178lbs

      Best boots I ever had to date. Great quality Italian made.
      Super comfy.
      No heal lift and room in the toe box. Just want I want in a boot!
      I bought these for hiking and hunting, but I find myself wearing them everyday to work.
      I will be buying another pair.

      Fine boot but doesn't fit me

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 44

      The design and craftsmanship are obviously great. I only wish they fit. For me, too narrow across the toes despite being the nominal size that fits me in nearly all other footwear. They are a work of art but I must return them.

      Very impressive

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 44 1/2 (11)
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 190lbs

      Just slightly small (mine=1/2 size)after 1st ordering a full size and exchanging(painlessly; kudos, Goatfolks). Built exactly like a full pack/multi day boot should be. Holds an edge with no twist, grips well, sheds mud and keeps your ankles firm all day without restricting stride. Required very little break in.

      Great boot even better value!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 210lbs

      I like a well built boot. It has to look good and perform better. Often when you buy a new boot it falls short in comfort design or quality. This price point deserves a good quality product and Scarpa delivers. Comfort right out of the box and style is exactly what a fashion conscious hiker is seeking. First hike had no issues, no hot spots and no break in period. Material breaths fine for a rugged boot. Waterproofing is second to none. I would recommend this boot.
      Cons- It is heavier vs. a cloth/Leather Salewa or Saloman. (duh it leather and good stuff at that)

      Wonderful, and not even broken in yet.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      I've only put maybe 12-15 miles on these over a few hikes, but I benefitted from them almost immediately. The first trail I hiked with these was muddy and sloppy, but since we were there early, it was hard to tell where you could or couldn't step in the points that were suspect. I sunk 3-4 inches into mud two different times (I'm a big guy...) and I had no worries about my feet getting wet, or even having the mud stick to the shoes. The Gore-Tex did it's job like a charm.

      I also didn't really break these in before hiking in them -- since I usually keep my hikes between 5-10 miles, I figured I wouldn't suffer too much from not breaking them in. I was 100% correct. After a good 7 miles up some pretty steep terrain the first day out, my feet were super comfortable and dry. No blisters, and only the slightest rubbing, which I corrected on the next hike by tying them tighter.

      The pulley system on the laces is really great. I like that feature a lot.

      I noticed some reviews mentioning slipping a bit on wet rocks, but I have not experienced that at all with these. I even did a bit of scrambling in them and felt very confident and comfortable taking a little bit of a risk knowing that my footing was going to be secure.

      I know these are expensive, but from what I've seen, some of these boots can last for years and years. I think they're definitely worth it, and would highly recommend spending the extra 20-30 bucks on the gore-tex version.

      Also -- these are a bit heavy, but not so much so that they're bothersome on the hike. More so, that you can definitely feel them on your feet.

      Rugged and well built, can't wait to put massive numbers of miles on these.

      Best Boot Ever

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 14
      • Height: 6'5"
      • Weight: 300lbs

      Purchased these boots for an elk hunt in Colorado. The terrain was tough and rugged. Wore them a few weeks before the trip and it was like walking on clouds. I was concerned because I have a wide foot but these boots fit the bill perfectly. Fit true to size with a little room for width. I put these boots to the test in wet weather and rough terrain going up mountains and also going down. Most comfortable boot I have ever worn and never got so much as a sore spot on my foot, let alone a blister. Really solid boot if you are looking for a solid elk boot. The only draw back is they are a little heavy but well worth the extra weight for comfort and durability. Highly recommend.

      what is your return policy on boots? best estimate on size can often miss with new boots.thx

      Hey Jon - It can be tough to size boots which is why we offer a world class return policy. New, unused items can be returned at any time for a full refund (with original packaging and tags). Used items can only be returned within 30 days of purchase for store credit. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

      - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      Camps aver has these at 25% off....will you match?

      Hey Rick - I imagine you already bought them, but we can match any price from another US-based authorized retailer, including Campsaver., for the same model/size/color. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or help with any future price matches. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      When are you going to get new sizes in?...

      When are you going to get new sizes in? I'm looking for Men's size 11 (44.5 Euro). I would rather buy from than someone else!

      What's the difference between this and the...

      What's the difference between this and the Scarpa SL Active Boot ???

      The Kinesis Pro GTX and SL Activ are build using the same BD last, feature the same mid-sole material and both have a full rand. They also happen to come in at the same weight.

      The SL Activ is essentially a refined SL M3. The Kinesis Pro GTX is a Gore-Tex boot and the SL Activ, like the SL M3, is not Gore-Tex.