Who should buy the Scarpa Kailash GTX

The Scarpa Kailash GTX makes a fine boot for day hiking, scrambling, and backpacking in the mountains. It is recommended for those who are:

  • looking for a boot that can absorb the negative impact of ground shock, thus preventing fatigue.
  • looking for outdoor gear that features a soft and flexible upper for maximum comfort.
  • looking for a backpacking boot that provides decent ankle support. 

Scarpa Kailash GTX brand logo

Kailash GTX carries a beefy Vibram outsole

The Kailash boots feature beefy Vibram outsoles that suit different types of terrain. They have aggressive lugs that bite into hard and soft surfaces, from concrete to mud, sand, grass, and snow. 

Scarpa Kailash GTX Vibram outsole

Meanwhile, the hard edges promote stability on rough terrain and the flat, toe section similar to that of approach shoes, is designed for scrambling.

Scarpa Kailash GTX toe lugs

Scarpa’s Kailash GTX uses a dense midsole

For the midsole, the Kailash GTX uses polyurethane (PU) which is heavier and denser than EVA but is much more robust. This material is a little stiff which makes it ideal for backpacking where you will be carrying a heavy load. For added support and cushioning, the boot comes with Comfort-Flex Plus insole.

Scarpa Kailash GTX midsole heel support

Scarpa’s protective yet comfortable upper

This Scarpa hiking boot combines Ripstop and leather for enhanced protection and comfort on the trail. Ripstop is a nylon fabric that is soft, stretchable, and resistant to wearing and tearing. More interestingly, it offers a glove-like fit. 

Scarpa Kailash GTX leather and ripstop upper

The majority of the upper, particularly the sides, is made of leather which protects against abrasion. It also comes with a rubber rand and firm TPU toe cap that protects the boot from bruises and keeps the foot safe from sharp hazards on the trail.

Scarpa Kailash GTX TPU toe cap

The boot interior is lined with Gore-Tex for protection against rain and water. Gore-Tex offers superior protection against external moisture, though it can get a little too warm in extremely hot days. 

Scarpa Kailash GTX Gore-Tex waterproofing

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 24oz / Women 21.5oz
Use: Day Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: High cut
Collection: Scarpa Kailash
Features: Lace-to-toe
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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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.