Verdict from 23 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • A number of users were astounded by the jaw-dropping lightness of this Scarpa shoe.
  • Based on a few reports, the Hydrogen Hike GTX runs true to size.
  • Some reviewers were quite impressed with the hiker’s captivating level of comfort.
  • Its ability to expel heat was commended by a wearer.
  • This hiking shoe was applauded by a tester for having an unbelievably grippy outsole.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Scarpa Hydrogen Hike GTX received a poor rating from a customer on the waterproofing front.
  • Buyers might find its asking price a bit too steep.

Bottom line

Trail adventurers had better prepare to be floored by the Hydrogen Hike GTX. From its highly precise fit and insane lightness to being astonishingly comfortable and breathable, the shoe simply embodies magnificence. However, this Scarpa footgear doesn’t come cheap, and its questionable waterproofing only mars its image further. Nevertheless, those who find immense value in the Hydrogen Hike GTX’s set of qualities are bound to experience the trail on a whole new, invigorating level.

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Good to know

  • The Scarpa Hydrogen Hike GTX is a combination of support, protection, and comfort in a lightweight package. Its marriage of qualities makes it a competent footgear for quick hikes and fastpacking alike.
  • This speed hiker is capable of withstanding the rugged terrain with ample footing security thanks to its heavy-duty sole unit. It is made up of the shoe’s springy midsole and Vibram outsole. This sole unit is rockered at the forefoot to help wearers make smoother toe offs on level surfaces.

A mid-cut, generally true-to-size speed hiking gear for men and women is the Scarpa Hydrogen Hiker GTX. It comes in standard width. Its sizing selection consists of full and half sizes. A secure and customized lockdown is made possible by way of the shoe’s ghillie lacing system.

Scarpa designers equipped the Hydrogen Hike GTX with a Vibram outsole called Salix for surface traction. Since it is built with the XS Trek compound, this grippy layer gets to produce enough grip no matter if the terrain is dry or wet. The many lugs and grooves engineered all over it give users improved footing over slippery, soft-soiled surfaces.

It covers the front tip of the toe box by about 3/4 of a margin. This reinforces the front end of the shoe further and furnishes it with a toe bumper.

The Scarpa Hydrogen Hike GTX grants footing balance and cushioning with its compression-molded EVA midsole. Its rear zone comes in extra thick to provide hikers with enough shock absorption on heel strikes. The underfoot comfort it offers is enhanced by the P-Flex Lite Spacer insole.

This Scarpa speed hiker owes most of its lightness to its part mesh, part synthetic nubuck leather upper. Its lining is engineered with Gore-Tex Surround—a technology that gives all-around breathability and waterproofing. Its sides and heel zone are covered with synthetic overlays for abrasion protection. Its defense against knocks and bumps, on the other hand, is thanks to the heavy-duty toe rand engineered at its forefoot.

The Hydrogen Hike GTX’s front closure is rounded out with a set of hooks and loops for eyelets and a synthetic lace. The hooks at the top are metallic, while the loops around the instep are made of fabric.

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.