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    Technical, high-comfort boots for serious travel by foot.

    The Scarpa SL Active Boot has raked in more than its share of awards, including Trail Magazine's 'Best in Test.' Thanks to the addition of a flexible ankle cuff, Activ Fit technology, and a full rubber rand, it's poised to snag a few more prizes. Of course, the only award that really matters is the win your feet get when they spend a few trail days in these flexible, supportive, and extraordinarily lightweight  boots. These boots will see you through a multi-week trek or hard push through rough terrain.

    • Classic backpacking boot for long treks on incredibly trails
    • Leather upper creates a classic mix of comfort and durability
    • Cocona lining wicks moisture to help prevent sweaty feet
    • Vibram outsole grips slippery trails and holds up to years of abuse
    • PU midsole cuts weight and boosts comfort for long hikes
    • Micro-pulley hardware makes for exceptionally easy lacing
    • Item #SCR0236

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Sherpa HS12 leather
    laces with speed hooks
    Activ Hard insole
    dual-density PU
    Vibram Biometric
    Claimed Weight
    [1/2 pair size 42] 1 lb 14 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Just found my new boots!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.5 (US 10)
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    Beautifully crafted, no goretex liner, and a nice wide toe box. Perfect. I'm breaking them in around the house and walking to work, and so far the fit is great and the breathability blows goretex lined boots out of the water. I get a good fit in Salmon 4D GTX, but after 2 pairs in 4 years, both having the goretex fail and being otherwise virtually un-waterproofable, wanted to go back to full leather and re-soleable. These are easily solid enough for backpacking heavy loads and most summer mountaineering, but light enough for long day hikes. They're a bit heavier than a patchwork fabric boot, but offer more support and I'm betting way more longevity (I've never gotten less than 4 years out of similar leather boots, including older Scarpa M3s). The ankle hinge setup is really nice, offering easy forward bending, but still laterally stiff. A really nice design, and again, a beautifully crafted boot.

    very durable and well made boot

    • Size Bought: 43

    Like another reviewer, I have owned the Scarpa SL series since 1997. Finally decided to splurge on the SL Activ about two years ago. The fit is actually better than with the old SLs and they have proven to be extremely durable and comfortable after multiple backpack trips and wet winter hikes in the Pacific Northwest.
    I have what are usually considered to be wide feet. Before buying these I tried on many boots from different manufacturers, including so-called "wide" versions, but these were the only ones that provided the right combination of an adequately wide toe box, medium volume, and narrow enough heel to avoid heel slip. Zero break-in period. With regular application of nikwax, they seem waterproof enough even though they lack Gore-Tex liners; in any case, my experience is that waterproof membranes in backpacking boots are not very valuable because they wear out much faster than the rest of the boot. The full rand provides much better protection than in the old SLs. I have a slight gripe with the ankle part and lacing system: it works very well in general but it is hard to keep the top of the boot tight round my fairly narrow ankles. The ankle is slightly more flexible than I'd like. Also the supplied laces were too short. And the boots seemed to expand slightly over time, which surprised me. But these are really minor concerns. For a sturdy, heavyweight, go-anywhere boot, these have been awesome and I expect to get many more years out of them. Great customer service from Backcountry too.

    Beautiful Boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 47
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    A wonderfully crafted boot. Cushion and support are fantastic. Toe box has plenty of room. I sized up a full size and fit was perfect. A little heavy, but I would gladly deal with it for such a great boot.
    Sadly, I had to return them as they are very noisy when walking. The tongue and ankle leather creak loudly with every step due to the friction between them. I contacted Scarpa asking if it went away with break-in, but they had no answer for me. I assume it will not or will take years. Couldn't risk it, as it would drive me crazy on the trail. Sad to have had to send them back. Would have loved to have grown old with this boot.

    A fine product

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    This is an all-around fine, handsome boot. At arrival I had no hikes planned so, what the heck, strapped them on and played an excellent round of golf. Three specific comments...
    I'm a US size 11 and the Euro size 44.5 fit perfectly.
    The sole is more rigid than my Zamberlans and Asolos. I like that so much I'm considering buying a spare pair.
    All promo photos show the boot with 7 lacing eyelets, but in fact they now have 8, which is better.

    Water beautiful leather boots

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Now this is a true hiking boots full leather an Italian made

    Amazing boot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    Ive been up over 200 mountains and im a mason ive worn alot of boots growing up on farms . This is the greatest boot evermade this is my second pair of this model first pair lasted 5 yrs and i still use them on concrete pours. When i tell people about them i tell them its like putting your foot in a cadillac, and water tight all i can say is keep them waxed and they will last a good ten yrs or more AMAZING!!!!!!!!

    I hope they never stop making these!

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

    These are the best boots I have ever owned and they are not the most expensive. I mainly use these for my winter hiking boots but they could be used in all 4 seasons. They really aren't too heavy for an all leather boot. I bought them to replace a pair of Asolo gore-tex boots that started to leak on a thru-hike in the middle of winter. Keep these boots waxed and they will stay waterproof. No complaints about this boot at all and I am extremely picky.

    Hard walking

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

    I use them for winter trekking and for summer trekking. in winter I put wax on them and they r waterproof . and in summer time there r not to hot inside.

    I take with me a big bag pack of tent, sleeping bag, and photography gear that wight: 13kl !!

    For me they r too soft...but it is only me (:

    Sill they r bomb proof

    Still good

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    I bought these as a b-day gift for the hubs to replace his old Scarpa boots. I have offered numerous times before with the reply of my boots are fine, they are comfortable, have stood up well, and are doing their job. Despite the fact that they were doing the job of keeping his feet protected form the ground, after 7 years of continuous use (and by continuous I mean worn every day for 4 months of the year off trails in the mountains) I decided to go against his wishes and buy him a new pair anyways. He was still skeptical when he pulled them out of the box and felt how light they were compared to his old boots. Day two of wear through a 30 degree slope chaparral field and he could not stop raving about his new boots. They are lighter, heavier tred, and more supportive than his old boots and he is back to having dry feet when quick stream crossings are called for.

    Still good

    In 5 years they proved there worth

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    As a hiking guide in Banff National Park. I needed boots that were virtually indestructible . If you waterproof these boots properly they will become just that. I just wish I could say that for the insides then again they would not have been as comfortable as they were . So after 5 yrs I will be replacing them with the same boots.

    Super Nice Boot!

    • 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.

    Incredible boot

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

    I've owned a pair of SLs since 1997 and finally decided to buy the newest incarnation. The old ones are still very functional and have held up incredibly well, but I have to admit the new version, so far, is amazing. I have narrow long feet, size 46, and the fit is really nice. I love the new sole and rand A LOT. They are a very cushy ride right out of the box but with all of the stability you want in this type of boot. Leather looks typical of SCARPA and I love the lacing system. Overall they are butt kicking good. I can't wait until winter to get them into the mountains - I'll update my thoughts then.


    Cush Ride

      These are a very well-made boot. High quality leather, lacing hardware, stitching and a very cushy midsole that feels like walking on clouds. The oval cut-outs in the brown leather is replaced with a thinner black leather that makes for a very flexible ankle. I think they're still supportive laterally, but they flex forward like butter. Some may love that as it's very comfortable, but I'm just not used to that and like a little more ankle support. I love the fact that these don't have Gore-Tex, just high-quality leather and minimal seams. I find if you treat them well with Nikwax regularly they're plenty waterproof and breathe better. Unless, of course, you're using the boots for fly fishing or you prefer to do your backpacking in the bayou during monsoon season, then by all means, Gore-Tex all the way.

      Most importantly, the fit. The best boots in the world aren't worth a damn if they don't fit well. I have a high-volume forefoot, D to E width, with a high instep and broad squareish toes (which is usually the most limiting factor besides having one 13.5 and one 12.5). The SL Activ has a very broad toe profile that fit me very well and would give anyone a roomy toe box for end-of-the-day foot swell and prevent toe-bang on the downhills. They also creased across the toes very comfortably, even on both feet which are a full size difference. The instep seemed pretty average, not too low, and just barely high enough for me. One reviewer said these these have a narrow heel pocket, but I would disagree. Along with my mostly high-volume fore-foot, I have very narrow low-volume heels, more like a La Sportiva heel. The SL Activ seemed to have an average to high volume heel compared to the dozen other boots I've tried on lately. Even after putting my Superfeet insoles in to fill up some of that room, my heels were still swimming, which would've given me horrible blisters so I ultimately sent them back.

      You'll never know until YOU try them on.

      Good boots

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      So far, so good. The boots run true to size. Great looking boot and holds its own on the mountain. Excellent rigidity in the sole for rock hopping and the ankles feel secure. They seem to have a narrower fit in the heel, which is great for me to get proper heel lock. the leather is smooth so scuffs and scrapes tend to show up noticeably, but they are hiking boots not dress shoes so who cares. To this point they have few cons. The heat they trap can be awful (I live in the desert), despite not having goretex (though all leather boots have that tendency). Also, I find the boot limited in its ability to lace up tight enough above the ankle. the lacing system overall is great, but my shins are just too skinny and even with the lacing as tight as can be up top there is some spare room. This might not be a problem for other folks, however. I would definitely recommend and purchase again.

      crampon compatible?

      crampon compatible?

      G Branch,

      The Scarpa SL Active doesn't have toe or heel welts and will only work with strap on crampons like the Black Diamond Neve or Grivel Air Tech New-Classic model. If you're only looking for gentle glacier travel they'll work great together. Not made for technical ice where new-matic or auto-matic crampons are needed.

      If you have more questions give me a call at 800-409-4502 ext 4405 or just ask for "Scooter"

      is sl active completely waterproof ???

      is sl active completely waterproof ???

      They don't have a gore-tex lining but the leather (which is about 3mm thick) is impregnated with a silicone cream which makes it waterproof. I own the previous model to this one and have never had them leak, nor do i think i ever will, especially if you grease them before each trip. The only way mine have ever got wet on the inside is if i've walked through mud or water that's higher than the boot itself

      Are these going to be the replacement to...

      Are these going to be the replacement to the SLM3 boot?

      Where did the SLM3 go to...?