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Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX Mountaineering Boot


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Designed to fill the gap between your approach shoes and mountaineering boots, the Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX Men's Mountaineering Boot boasts a versatile design that will make the most of long approaches below treeline, long scrambles up scree-covered alpine environs, and tolerate the occasional front-point action up icy couloirs and across glacial valleys.

The Zodiac Tech is a slightly stiffer version of the Zodiac Plus, making this boot the better option for those who plan on spending more time above treeline on snow and glacial ice. The Gore-Tex membrane ensures waterproof and breathable protection when you are traveling across snowy terrain or water-logged trails, and the durable Perwanger leather upper is naturally water-resistant for added protection against the elements. The boot has a relatively stiff feel thanks to its multi-density PU and EVA midsole, and its heel welt will accept hybrid crampons when you do need to do some glacial travel—although anything more technical than the occasional glacier crossing should be left to a stiffer mountaineering boot like Scarpa's Mont Blanc or Rebel Pro. Whether you're French stepping up snow or ice, the Zodiac's full-wrap rubber rand will protect the boot from wear and tear, and the Sock-Fit Construction will ensure a comfortable fit when you're crossing scree fields or hauling a week's worth of gear back to the trailhead.

  • A mountain boot designed specifically for summer alpine ascents
  • Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane
  • Water-resistant Perwanger leather upper with rubber rand
  • Sock-Fit construction reduces bulk and enhances fit
  • Multi-density PU and EVA midsole is cushioning and stiff
  • Vibram rubber sole leads the industry in durability
  • Compatible with hybrid and strap-on crampons
  • Scarpa has been producing reliable mountain boots for over 70 years
  • Item #SCR004W

Upper Material
Perwanger suede (1.8mm)
GORE-TEX Performance Comfort
Pro-Fiber 20
polyurethane, EVA
Vibram Mulaz S
Claimed Weight
[single, size 42] 1lb 5.9oz
Recommended Use
hiking & camping, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Best technical boots out there

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 2"
200 lbs

These are probably my favorite boots I’ve ever owned! The grip and comfort of an approach shoe with the stiffness and durability of a light mountaineering boot. Phenomenal grip, great tread pattern, excellent construction. The shape of the boots fit excellent (my feet are slightly wide in the forefoot), and so far they seem very durable after 3 months of daily, on the job use. I did notice a slight heel lifting problem, but it was not an issue and went away after a very short break in period. They do have little to no cushioning, and can leave your feet sore if you stand around all day, but replacing the insole helps with that. I wear them for work as an arborist and they are excellent tree climbing boots. Would also wear them for approach boots, scrambling, or light mountaineering. Will be buying a 2nd pair!

Super stoked that you've been able to get out in these and have been loving them! Keep having fun out there and thanks for the awesome and useful review!

>Rating: 1

Disgusting heel lift

I've used it several times
Runs small
Size Bought
6` 2"
190 lbs

Crazy heel lift. Too narrow build.

>Rating: 4

heel kept lifting

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
5` 11"
158 lbs

When I first put them on I was impressed by how good they felt. But after walking around the living room for a while I realized that my heel was lifting inside the boot, sliding against the back of the boot. No matter how I tried lacing them, the my heels kept lifting. So I returned them. I would say that if your heel doesn't lift as mine did, that these would be fine boots.

I had the same issue with the non-tech version. Extreme heal lifting that left my heels blazing on fire even on easy and short ascents. Can't have a stiff sole with soft uppers and a hard heel cup without causing some issues for people who don't have ultra-chunky heels.

I experienced the exact same thing with the Zodiac. No combination of insole and sock would solve the problem. What boot did you end up getting instead? I didn't think I had a remarkably narrow heel, but guess I do...

I have average size 11 feet. Bought these boots in size 45 a few months ago and as always traded the original insoles for Powersteps. I’m getting really excellent performance from them, with no heel lift. Am now ordering a second pair. Conclusion: certainly worth a shot.