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
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
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!
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.
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.
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.
You can also take a look at the Grivel G12:
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.