Who should buy the Scarpa Fuego

The Scarpa Fuego is a sturdy alpine climbing footgear built for the toughest backpacking trips. It's a solid option for you if you need:

  • a sturdy mountaineering boot suited specifically for foresters and wildland fire crews
  • a pair of high-cut boots providing great support and stability to cover miles and miles
  • hiking footwear securing a reliable grip on various types of terrain

Scarpa Fuego who should buy

Scarpa's aggressive traction

With the Vibram M4 Tech serving as the boot’s outsole, wearers gain a secure foothold over terrain types characterized by severe ruggedness. This aggressively lugged and treaded component is based on the mountaineering-specific Mont compound which grants it a level of performance in extremely cold environments.

Scarpa Fuego outsole

The boot also has a protective tip thanks to the outsole’s forefoot extension.

Scarpa Fuego toe protection

Extra stable and breathable midsole

The Scarpa Fuego’s contoured midsole is one made of EVA — a foam possessing qualities such as high elasticity, stress resistance, and low-temperature toughness. 

Scarpa Fuego midsole

Its cushiness is improved upon by the boot’s Pro-Flex XT insole. This removable footbed is also breathable, thanks to its perforated forefoot zone.

Total protection in Scarpa Fuego

Scarpa engineers gave the Fuego a Crosta Pro HS12 leather upper, protected with textured leather overlays starting from the ankle line all the up to the boot’s uppermost eyelets.

Scarpa Fuego ankle support

The tongue has a seamless construction for debris protection. It is also well-padded which keeps the ankle supported and protected from lace bites.

This sturdy upper is also imbued with the Taibrelle liner, making the footwear’s interior airy.

Scarpa Fuego lacing

Securely riveted to the upper are metallic eyelets the upper half of which are open hooks. The boot’s laces are completely synthetic.

Durability is bullet-proof

The uber-sturdy construction of this mountaineering boot has become one of its best-selling points. Its wear resistance served up to six partial seasons for some users. "Worth every penny," states a reviewer.

Scarpa Fuego durable

Not waterproof but resists water

The boot's leather upper will not keep your feet 100% dry if you get soaked but it is reported to be pretty efficient in moderately wet conditions. Some reviewers recommend waxing the boot to make it more water-resistant.

Break-in takes time and effort

Although the break-in period varies greatly among the reviewers, most of them agree that this boot is definitely not out-of-the-box comfortable. as one of them puts it, "like a ski boot at first."

Scarpa Fuego break-in needed

"Numb big toes, dead toenails, blisters everywhere," complains another one. But although the boot feels stiff and clunky initially, it softens up with time, offering a fine balance of support and flexibility.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 36.3oz
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Scarpa
Construction: Lace-to-toe
Material: Leather, Suede

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.