Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.

    Hiking Shoes

    The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering Boots

    Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.

    Good to know

    Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    Good to know

    Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.

  • Price
    $330
  • Feature
  • Weight
    Men: 30oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal
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Summary

We spent 8.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Kinesis Pro GTX handled demanding terrain impressively, according to a satisfied expert.
  • Its excellent ankle stability received high ratings from a small group of testers.
  • Based on many consumer reviews, it was surprisingly comfortable.
  • The lacing system that delivered a good fit received compliments from a great number of boot owners.
  • Numerous buyers said that its ultra-expensive price was worth the purchase.
  • Its construction was top-notch, as testified by countless wearers.
  • Umpteen users testified to its effective waterproofing.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Kinesis Pro GTX is a heavy boot, according to a few experts and backpackers.
  • Some male hikers mentioned that it needs a significant break-in time.
  • A couple of outdoor gear bloggers mentioned that this backpacking boot runs narrow.

Bottom line

The Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX performance complemented its steep price. It surely earned a long list of commendable features. As declared, comfort, support, stability and quality build, were all packaged in this boot. To conclude, the Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX is a good investment that can be beneficial to narrow-footed users. But the advantages only come after breaking it in.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | U.S. Elite Gear

    So this boot is a fantastic product for somebody that's looking for heavy-duty but still has a nice light weight to it and you could still do some very great firsts for hiking.

  • 100 / 100 | Nick

    I would highly recommend them to anyone who's got the money and is looking for a heavy-duty boot for anything from backpacking to, you know, some hunting way in the backcountry or whatever.

  • 80 / 100 | Backpackerverse

    No matter the outdoor adventures, with these versatile boots you will well-prepared to handle all that you encounter.

  • 90 / 100 | Gear Assistant

    Often used as a 4 season boot, this isn’t lightweight by any means but also offers the best durability and support.

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Updates to Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX

  • The Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX is created ready for longer treks with heavy loads. It has a leather upper lined with Gore-Tex for protection. Addressing comfort are the Auto Fit Collar, Ankle Padding and Flex Point System.
  • The sole unit of this backpacking boot includes a 2D PU midsole and a Vibram Biometric outsole. Scarpa designers included a dynamic TPU shank and an Activ Plus insole to optimize support and cushioning.

Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX size and fit

A men’s backpacking boot that fairly runs true to size, the Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX comes in regular sizes and standard width. With the Activ Fit feature, it uses a BD last which renders more volume at the toe area and secure heel fit, yielding an enhanced comfort. Its lacing system brings a customized and precise fit.

Outsole 

The Vibram Biometric, made of XS Trek compound, renders sensitivity on various ground surfaces. This rubber outsole promotes natural rolling motion of the foot while rendering stability. Its aggressive lugs and tread profile are self-cleaning for an enhanced grip on trails.

Midsole 

The double density PU midsole takes care of underfoot cushioning. It also comes with a dynamic TPU shank that gives rigidity and stability. An Activ Plus insole made of polypropylene and 4.5 mm thick fiberglass adds support and comfort.

Scarpa’s Activ Impact technology enhances shock absorbency and increases energy return. This characteristic results in a more efficient and comfortable ride.

Upper 

The Kinesis Pro GTX has a 2.4 - 2.6 mm full-grain calf leather reinforced with a full rubber rand, giving it a durable and robust upper. The Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining renders insulation and protection against water.

This high-cut backpacking boot features an ergonomic Auto Fit Collar and Ankle Padding System which adapts to the foot’s anatomy for enhanced comfort. Its Flex Point System, on the other hand, allows the ankle to move freely. The Speed Lacing, through its combination eyelets and straightforward closure, wraps the foot securely.

Additional Info

  • This boot received the 2014 Gear of the Year recognition from the Backcountry Skiing Canada.