Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most Scarpa Marmolada Pro OD reviews talk about its “straight from the box” comfort.
  • Those who have tested this boot when traversing steep slopes agree that it is very supportive.
  • Pro hikers give high ratings for its suitability in varied hill terrain, from rough paths to steep, wet grass and scrambles.
  • The majority of verified buyers attest to its solid construction. They admire its quality build, from the tough leather upper to the long-wearing sole.
  • Wearers adore the customizable lacing system that lets them adjust the fit depending on their needs.
  • It also gets high marks for being fantastically versatile. It’s a “one type fits all” kind of boot, says one expert reviewer.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Scarpa Marmolada Pro OD hiking and trekking boots aren’t stiff enough for anything requiring front-pointing, according to an in-depth product review.

Bottom line

Designed to give comfort, protection, and support against varying trail conditions, the Scarpa Marmolada Pro OD makes a great choice for alpine hiking, trekking, and backpacking. It’s sought-after for its grippy performance, durable construction, and straight-from-the-box comfort.

While it works well on occasional winter forays and can be equipped with strap-on crampons, the Marmolada Pro OD may not have enough rigidity needed for traversing steep ice slopes.

Facts

Rankings

A top 3% best mountaineering boots
A popular pick
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-These Scarpa trekking boots are made with water-resistant suede upper with the Sock-Fit XT construction system for a snug, sock-like fit.

-It comes with a Drumiln sole powered by Vibram that is designed to provide grip on varying surfaces, wet or dry.

-The midsole is made of PU which creates a firm and supportive platform for the foot. They also come with low-density EVA inserts that offer extra cushioning and shock absorption.

The Scarpa Marmolada Pro OD men’s boot is a high-cut model with the Sock-Fit XT that unites the suede upper and the tongue as a complete piece, wrapping the foot inside for a snug fit. Even so, there’s a memory foam that enables the foot to move without feeling constricted. 

It has a lace-up closure that locks off mid-way so you can adjust the fit in the forefoot and cuff separately.

Like most Scarpa shoes, the Marmolada Pro OD uses a Vibram rubber outsole that offers a good amount of lateral stiffness. This quality is particularly beneficial for navigating steep slopes or climbing edges when scrambling.  

The Drumiln outsole has a medium lug depth that is widely spaced to prevent mud and dirt build-up in between. The heel breast has aggressive deep lugs for downhill traction.

As a Rated B1 boot, this can take only a C1 flexible strap-on crampon. And since it doesn’t have ledges on the rear or toes, a step-in crampon wouldn’t work on the Marmolada Pro OD.

The midsole is made of Polyurethane (PU) which is firmer than EVA and highly elastic. It is also long-wearing, shock-absorbing, and has a good amount of bending resistance. 

The boot comes with a removable insert made of EVA to provide additional comfort and protection against impact. There’s also an anti-torsion system in the central section. All these features enable the wearer to navigate challenging terrains with fewer concerns over injuries.

The upper is made of water-resistant suede leather with a Sock-Fit XT construction system wherein the tongue, flex point, and collar come in one piece. This creates a sock-like structure for a snug feel.

This boot has a lace-up-to-toe lacing system that lets you adjust the tightness in varying parts of the shoe, depending on your needs. It locks off midway so you can vary the fit between the cuff and the forefoot.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com