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.
The Mescalito GTX promises to keep the wearer as surefooted as possible on virtually all sorts of backcountry surfaces with its Vibram Megagrip outsole. It is designed to provide 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.
This grippy layer has treaded lugs scattered all around it, rendering it capable of latching on to loose soil and similar surfaces. It also has a climbing zone, which delivers added grip over smooth rock.
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.
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.
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.
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.