Scarpa Leather Boots

Author: George Tod

Evaluation



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Scarpa Boots after over 1350 Miles


br> General view of Scarpa boot - note raised seam from catching against things, although stitching still held firm
Still plenty of tread remaining on soles

Cracked leather let in water and ended their useful life


Two seams on inside of boot gave more possibility for water to enter

Cost

About 90 in 2000

Comfort

Having had very good service from my Berghaus boots, I would have liked another pair the same. However, I couldn't find the same ones, or anything similar by Berghaus that fitted me properly, so I decided on these Scarpa boots, which seemed to be of a similar construction and fit. They proved to be a good choice and gave a similar level of excellent service. There were a few differences in construction, which affected their comfort and performance. They did not have a hard plastic footbed, but a leather one, which meant that there was a little more feeling of sharp objects under foot and a little more flexibility to the boot. However, this did not make a great deal of difference to the comfort, as I fitted cushioned insoles, which I find are a necessity for long distance walking. The padding around the ankles was not as soft as that of the Berghaus boots, so they were not quite as comfortable in that area, but this did not cause me many problems. They took very little breaking in and caused my few problems throughout their life.

Water Resistance

These boots were not of a one piece leather construction and had one seam on the outside and two seams on the inside. This gave them the potential to catch on things, putting a strain on the stitching, and also gave more possible places for water to enter. In practice, although it was apparent that some catching of the seams had taken place, it was not enough to damage the stitching. These boots proved to be reasonably waterproof for much of their life provided that that they were kept well waxed. As with most leather boots I have had, cracks eventually appeared in the leather where it flexed most, and this allowed water in to an ever increasing degree. This started to become a problem at about 1,000 miles and, after another few hundred miles, was bad enough for me to abandon them in favour a new pair of boots.

Wear

Even after 1,350 miles, the boots were not excessively worn and they had managed to remain in quite good shape with the rands still attached in most places and without any problems from worn stitching or damaged lace hooks. The only real problem was cracking of the leather, which eventually allowed water to enter and sealed their fate.

Good Points

Bad Points

General Assessment

These were a good, reliable, sturdy pair of boots offering a good level of comfort. They were not quite as comfortable as my previous Berghaus boots, which had softer padding around the ankle but, nevertheless, they did not take a lot of breaking in and gave some excellent service over a long mileage. As I had to pay the full retail price of over 90, they were not as good value as the Berghaus boots that I got in a sale. However, it is very much a matter of luck to find boots of the right size and fit at a cut price, and they still represented good value for the long, trouble free service that they gave me. I would quite happily have bought another pair as a replacement but, as always, models change, as do prices, and nothing similar was available in the same price range when I came to buy another pair. The newer Scarpa boots were pitched at somewhat over a hundred pounds, so I looked at alternative makes at more reasonable prices.


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