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Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX Backpacking Boot - Women's

$268.95
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Make your own fate.

Don't let your horoscope dictate how you live your life—pull yourself up by the laces of your Scarpa Women's Zodiac Plus GTX Backpacking Boots, roll up your sleeves, and make your day a good one by exploring evergreen forests, high-mountain meadows, and remote summits. Designed to tackle almost any terrain you encounter as you blaze your own trail (or stick to the developed one), the Zodiac Plus is built with a waterproof and breathable membrane to keep your feet dry when conditions turn wet, and the aggressive Vibram sole gives you the traction necessary to stay upright whether you're hiking slick trails or rocky ridges.

Scarpa designed the Zodiac Plus with a slightly stiffer flex than its more mountaineering-focused Zodiac Tech boot, making this boot more trail-friendly than the Zodiac Tech, but a bit more adept at traveling above treeline with a heavy pack than Scarpa's R-Evolution boot. A Perwanger leather upper adds extra resistance against moisture from mushy alpine meadows and the unavoidable creek crossing, and the addition of a rubber rand across the toe and heel ensures that European-crafted leather remains intact when you encounter rocks, roots, and boulders throughout the course of which ever adventure you choose to embark on.

  • A trail-ready boot with an appetite for off-trail exploration
  • Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane
  • Perwanger suede upper with protective rubber randing
  • Three-density midsole saves weight and maximizes cushioning
  • Asymmetric extended lacing offers a snug and secure fit
  • Vibram rubber sole leads the industry in durability
  • Sock-Fit construction reduces bulk and enhances fit
  • Scarpa has been reliable mountain boots for over 70 years
  • Item #SCR004M

Upper Material
Perwanger suede
Waterproofing
GORE-TEX
Lining
GORE-TEX Performance Comfort
Closure
lace
Last
BZ
Midsole
polyurethane, EVA
Sole
Vibram Drumlin
Claimed Weight
[single, size 38] 1lb
Recommended Use
hiking & camping, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

California Proposition 65

Warning:

Cancer and Reproductive Harm - P65Warnings.ca.gov

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Fav 3 season boot but order 1/2 size up

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
39
Height
5` 3"
Weight
119 lbs

Although they are still in great shape after nearly 2 years of 3 season use, I'm ordering a second pair for when they wear out. These lightweight but supportive hiking boots are perfect for hard to fit feet like mine: sensitive ankles, narrow heels, high arches and wide toes. I'm usually 38 2/3 in a hiking boot but needed a 39 for width/arch room, especially with my orthotics. They are waterproof and comfortable in temperatures 30-80 F. For winter in Maine, I need winter hiking boots with more insulation and better snow traction.

>Rating: 4

Initial Impressions

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
41
Height
5` 9"
Weight
130 lbs

A decently stiff boot which is an upgrade from my La Sportiva's which were getting a little soft for me. Good support, roomier toe box. Slight heel lift, need to switch out the insoles for my custom ones and I think they'll be pretty damn good boots for a few seasons of hiking and hunting. Got a 41, I'm typically a 9.5.

>Rating: 5

Great boots!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
41.5
Height
5` 9"
Weight
150 lbs

I just purchased my second pair of Zodiac Plus GTX by Scarpa. I hike and backpack the majority of the time in the Sierra Nevada range. It's rocky and tough on your feet, especially when carrying 35 pds. I've also used them for day hikes in the San Gorgonio wilderness area. Again, rocky! I've had extensive surgery on my feet, reconstructive and pinned together. My feet are always the first thing to slow me down and cause me trouble during long days or long weeks. I've spent YEARS searching for trail shoes and boots to help me stay in the mountains longer with less pain. This boot works! A semi rigid boot gives me the protection I need against the rocky terrain. These are still a fairly lightweight boot also! I was surprised how much flex I did have with them scrambling to summits. I get the support I need with a heavy pack for backpacking, yet they are useful on very rocky summits even when dayhiking and don't feel heavy. They are not insulated. I can use them late into fall in Southern California but I do switch to an insulated boot for winter mountaineering. I would call this a 3-season light mountaineering boot. Great in alpine but in warmer weather. I have never had wet feet and I plow through water and light snow with them. They fit like a glove. I'm a women's size 10 with average to narrow feet. The 41.5 fits me in this boot the best, even though that translates to a size 9.5. Due to the amount of time I'm in the mountains I need to replace boots regularly. These lasted over two years for me! That's a record!

>Rating: 5

Amazing boots!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
40
Height
5` 5"
Weight
110 lbs

No break in required foe these boots. Wore them out of the box on a 7 mile hike with a 3500 altitude incline to break them in. Have also completed 14ers in these boots. Best for more technical hikes - rocks, boulders, skree, etc. I've worn them on lesser hikes, but they are probably more boot than I needed for that. Either way, incredibly comfortable! I have a high instep and lots of shoes hurt my arch or the top of my foot. These boots did not - they were amazing from the first moment I put them on, until the end of long days hiking. I wear a size 9 hiking boot and took a size 40 in these boots. Might be narrow for wider feet. I would definitely recommend.

>Rating: 5

Perfect! BEST Hiking Boot EVER

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I already own the Hydrogen, which is super comfy and fits perfectly size wise. I needed a solid mid hiker for high-mountain backpacking and off-trail hiking in general. I prefer the leather uppers for longevity and maintenance. The Zodiac fits absolutely perfectly and is so comfortable right out of the box. The stiffness is also perfect for what I need it, rough terrain, but I don't feel they are overly stiff like mountaineering boots. I have a slightly wider foot (not enough for a wide, though) and the slightly wider toebox is great. I have worn it on some varied, muddy, rough terrain and absolutely love my purchase! UPDATE after putting them through the wringer: This is BY FAR the best and most comfortable hiking boot I have ever owned, and I've owned a few. The traction and stability is amazing! I truly love this boot!

Are these warm? Would they be good in the snow?

>Rating: 4

Gave as a gift but have feedback

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

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.

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Are these warm? Would they be good in the snow?

>Rating: 5

The Comfiest Mountaineering Boot EVER

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I got these boots because I wanted to replace my Ahnus-- which I loved-- for something a bit more stiff and tech-y. I had been climbing some sketchy trails, and wanted something better suited for scrambling and ascending tougher stuff. My first impression of the Zodiaks is that they are more firm and stiff than other boots I've owned-- especially in the toe-- which I loved. I felt very secure in these. The first test that I put them through was an early Autumn jaunt up one of my favorite trails, that features a ton of scrambling up wet rocks that streams pass over. I had tons of grip and felt sturdy the whole time. To test their comfort, my next experience with the Zodiaks was a 2-day camping trip in the Presidentials. For new boots, they hurt my feet minimally (I wore them two days straight, for over 25 miles, and had only an average amount of discomfort). Since then, these have been my go-to boots. I cannot rave about them enough. I will be continuing to buy Scarpas from now on as my boot of choice.

Are these warm? Would they be good in the snow?

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What is the crampon compatibility with these boots?

Hi Randi and thanks for your question! These boots do not have notch's built in for crampons, in the heel or the toe. In that case I would recommend going with a crampon that is compatible with any type of boot like the Grivel Air Tech in the New Classic variant. https://www.backcountry.com/grivel-air-tech-crampons?skid=GRV0048-ATNC-ONSI&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Z3JpdmVsIGNyYW1wb25zOjE6Mjpncml2ZWwgY3JhbXBvbnM= You can also take a look at the Grivel G12: https://www.backcountry.com/grivel-g12-new-classic-crampon?skid=GRV0050-NC-ONSI&INT_ID=REC_pdp|pdp_NA_NA_REC-RR_REC-GRV0050_NA_20190218&ti=UkVDX3BkcHxwZHBfTkFfTkFfUkVDLVJSX1JFQy1HUlYwMDUwX05BXzIwMTkwMjE4

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What size version am i supposed to buy? Like European or mondo (idk what mondo means)?

Compare your US size with the European size and you'll know what size to get . For future reference Mondo was developed by ski boot manufacturers in order to create a universal sizing system (“mondo” meaning, “world”), Mondopoint is calculated by simply measuring the length of one's foot in centimeters, from the heel to the big toe.