Verdict from 2 experts and 20 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A number of owners applauded the Scarpa Epic Lite’s level of comfort.
  • Some users were greatly pleased with the shoe’s feather-like weight.
  • Based on a handful of reports, this hiking gear fitted well.
  • Several wearers found the Scarpa Epic Lite’s Vibram outsole exceptionally grippy.
  • According to a small number of testers, this shoe had outstanding durability.
  • The sole’s Climbing Zone earned the footwear recommendations from a couple of reviewers.
  • Less than a handful of hikers only had nice things to say about the Epic Lite’s heel support.
  • This Scarpa shoe received convincing remarks from a professional reviewer for its easy-to-adjust lacing system.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A gear critic blasted the Epic Lite’s midsole for not cushioning his foot well over bumpy terrain.
  • A couple of reviewers observed that the shoe’s lightness is the reason for its inadequate support.
  • According to an outdoor gear reviewer, the soft rubber outsole of the Epic Lite might wear out quickly.

Bottom line

With its quality comfort, outstanding fit, and impressive traction, Scarpa really does put the word “epic” in the Epic Lite. The shoe is also excellent on the lightness front. And to cap it all off, the shoe also does wonders when it comes to precision climbing. However, its midsole may not be as cushy as expected. To sum up, those looking for excellence may just find it in the Scarpa Epic Lite. However, they would probably need to slip in a chunkier insole to compensate for the lackluster midsole.

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Good to know

  • 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’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. 

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.