For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 15.4ozWomen: 13oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Scarpa describes the Epic Lite as a crossover hiking-approach shoe with a running influence; I’d say it performs best for hiking and scrambling, and I’d run short distances at any easy pace in them, but I wouldn’t recommend them primarily for running.
If you want a one-shoe quiver for modern alpine adventures, the Scarpa Epic Lite might be just the right combination.
Updates to Scarpa Epic Lite
- The Scarpa Epic Lite is a below-the-ankle day hiking shoe with a breathable mesh upper. The protective overlays and welded TPU cage give structure to the footwear.
- Giving a pressure-free in-shoe feel is the Sock-Fit DV tongue. It is seamlessly attached to the rest of the upper to prevent bunching while the shoe is worn.
- The underside of the Epic Lite is engineered with a grippy Vibram outsole called Etilas. Besides the low-profile lugs, it also comes with the Climbing Zone—a feature that enables hikers to gain precise footing on narrow ledges.
Scarpa Epic Lite size and fit
Scarpa’s Epic Lite is a lightweight hiker built for both male and female adventurers. It has a fairly true-to-size fit in standard width. Lengthwise, its sizing options include half and whole sizes. Its contoured low-top cuff provides a snug cradle for the ankle. Its classic lace-up closure with integrated TPU cage makes achieving a supportive, personalized fit possible. The shoe also has a heel pull tab for on-and-off convenience.
Scarpa partnered with Vibram to give the Epic Lite terrain security with the Etilas outsole. This rubber layer is based on the Megagrip compound which is engineered to offer traction on virtually every type of terrain, whether wet or dry. It mostly has circular lugs for added grip. Its front end is referred to as the Climbing Zone which is designed to make precision climbing possible.
The Epic Lite’s compression-molded midsole is chiefly made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate. This base material gives the midsole unit its cushy characteristic, as well as its stress resilience and durability. Adding to this component’s overall cushioning is the P-Flex Lite footbed which is also made of EVA.
The Scarpa Epic Lite’s upper is a combination of mesh, TPU, and 1.8-millimeter thick synthetic leather, the latter two of which serve as the shoe’s protective overlays. The upper’s liner is made of recycled polyester. Its lace-to-toe closure system consists of standard eyelets and synthetic laces.