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