Manta Tech GTX: What losing the “Pro” in its name means

To be precise, the boot in question lost “Pro” for “Tech.” With this slight name change comes several changes, the highlights of which are as follows:

Insulation. This is, arguably, the Manta Tech GTX’s biggest change from its predecessor. The culprit here is Gore-Tex’s insulated liner, which provides both warmth and waterproofing.

Less stitching. They say that the more movable parts an object has, the easier it is to break. In footwear, however, we are looking at stitching, which Scarpa engineers have streamlined in the Manta Tech GTX. Translation: less stitching = longer lifespan.

Enhanced lacing. The Manta Tech GTX now has a pair of open eyelets at its ankle flex point, allowing for quicker lace-ups and individual tightness for the boot’s instep and shaft.

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX vs. Charmoz

Given that mountaineering boots can be quite expensive, climbers are compelled to compare kicks before locking in a purchase. Speaking of comparisons, one of the Manta Tech GTX’s popular rivals is the Charmoz—another high-quality Scarpa piece. Find out their main differences below.

  • Between the two, only the Manta Tech GTX has proper insulation.
  • When it comes to fit, the featured boot is roomier, while the Scarpa Charmoz caters to mountaineers with narrow feet.
  • The Manta Tech GTX’s competition has considerably more vent ports, making it a more breathable option.
  • The Charmoz is less expensive than its rival by approximately $25.

Takeaway: Scarpa’s Manta Tech GTX is clearly the one to bring along in low-temperature alpine pursuits. If your ascents take place mostly in humid locations, stick with the Charmoz.


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