Who should buy the Scarpa Epic Lite

Those looking for excellence may just find it in the Scarpa Epic Lite. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that gives a pressure-free in-shoe feel.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that enables hikers to gain precise footing on narrow ledges.
  • Scarpa Epic Lite logo

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  • 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.

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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 an integrated TPU cage makes achieving a supportive, personalized fit possible. The shoe also has a heel pull tab for on-and-off convenience.

Scarpa Epic Lite sizes

Provides traction on every type of terrain

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.

Scarpa Epic Lite outsole

Designed to make precision climbing possible

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. 

Scarpa Epic Lite outsole 1

Comfortable footbed

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. 

Scarpa Epic Lite insole

Provides protective overlays

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.

Scarpa Epic Lite upper

Scarpa Epic Lite's lacing system

Its lace-to-toe closure system consists of standard eyelets and synthetic laces. 

Scarpa Epic Lite laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15.4oz / Women 13oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe, Vegan / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Scarpa
Construction: Lace-to-toe, Vegan

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.