Who should buy the Scarpa Mescalito GTX

The Scarpa Mescalito GTX has more than enough positives to embolden those who would give it a shot. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is designed for technical approach endeavors and comes with a Gore-Tex membrane to make it watertight.
  • Prefer a shoe that provides enhanced shock absorption and improved durability without sacrificing comfort, style, and performance.

Scarpa Mescalito GTX Logo

Megagrip-based Vibram

The Mescalito GTX keeps the wearer as surefooted as possible on virtually all sorts of backcountry surfaces with its Vibram Megagrip outsole. Many wearers said that it provides a level of stickiness that works no matter if the terrain is wet or dry. It is also imbued with Vibram’s Dynamis Litebase (LB) technology, making it a lightweight component—about 50% lighter than most.

Scarpa Mescalito GTX Outsole

This grippy layer has treaded lugs scattered all around it, rendering it capable of latching onto loose soil and similar surfaces. It also has a climbing zone, which delivers added grip over smooth rock.

Comfortable cushioning

This approach-focused hiker is armed with a segmented midsole made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate). It grants adequate cushioning and footing balance at the same time, thanks to its dual-density construction. Bridging the gap between the midsole’s heel and forefoot sections is a TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) insert. 

Scarpa Mescalito GTX Midsole

The presence of this additional sole component translates to enhanced stability. What elevates the midsole’s provision of comfort, on the other hand, is the Mescalito GTX’s default footbed.

Water-resistant suede leather

The Scarpa Mescalito GTX has a water-resistant suede leather upper. Slipping in and out of it is a relatively quick affair, thanks to the synthetic loop stitched to its heel. It comes with a padded tongue and a plush collar made of stretch fabric for extra in-shoe comfort.

Scarpa Mescalito GTX upper

The “GTX” in its name refers to Gore-Tex—the company behind the shoe’s Extended Comfort liner. This particular liner makes the hiker sufficiently breathable on the inside while adequately waterproof on the outside.

Heavy-duty rubber for protection

To protect the shoe from scrapes, cuts, and scratches, Scarpa designers reinforced its lower section with a full-on rand made of lightweight PU (polyurethane). They also furnished the upper’s toe box with heavy-duty rubber for protection against bumpy hazards.

Scarpa Mescalito GTX Upper 1.0

Secure fit

Rounding out all things upper in the Mescalito GTX is the shoe’s Extended Lacing lockdown system. It is made up of regular eyelets and synthetic lace.

Scarpa Mescalito GTX Laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 18oz / Women 15oz
Base model: Scarpa Mescalito
Features: Heel brake
Technology: Gore-Tex
Material: Leather
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Scarpa

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Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.