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.
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.
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’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’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.
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.
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.