For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
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.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
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.
WeightMen: 23.2ozWomen: 19oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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89 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
Overall, the R-evolution is a solidly built and supportive, yet comfortable boot for backpacking in cool, wet places with a pack of moderate to heavy weight.
The Scarpa R-Evolution is a suede leather boot that has similar features as the other boots tested, but with a slightly clunkier feel and without the extra comfort of others in the test.
A glove-like fit and good support highlight an all-around excellent hiking boot.
It is a mid-weight boot that does it all and we definitely had to make this pick when it comes to comfortable hiking.
Updates to Scarpa R-Evolution GTX
- Scarpa aims to give users a protected backpacking experience minus the weight with the R-Evolution GTX by making its upper a combination of suede leather and light, synthetic fabric. This upper is also protected against intrusive wet elements as it is engineered with Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort liner.
- The boot has a Sock-Fit tongue. This Scarpa-owned technology gives the tongue a gusseted construction which guards the interior against debris.
- Giving wearers shock absorption and impact cushioning is the R-Evolution GTX’s midsole. Its tapered construction from the heel to the forefoot zone grants the boot not only a streamlined look but also a decent toe rocker.
- When it comes to providing backpackers a secure grip over tricky terrain and slippery descents, the R-Evolution GTX has its Vibram outsole to thank. This rubberized layer is engineered with aggressive lugs which enhance the boot’s overall traction.
Scarpa R-Evolution GTX size and fit
The Scarpa R-Evolution GTX is a high-cut footgear crafted for both male and female backpackers. It comes in standard width and runs fairly true to size. The men’s version comes in sizes 7 through 14, with half sizes offered until 12.5. The women’s boot, on the other hand, may be had in whole and half sizes from 6 through 10. The designers made the women’s pair using the WBAG last, a shoe construction device modeled after the natural contours of the female foot. The boot’s lacing system allows for a secure yet convenient lockdown thanks to its set of speed hooks. Adding to the comfort level of the R-Evolution GTX is the Sock-Fit tongue’s memory foam—a cushy material that adapts to the shape of the wearer’s foot.
Thanks to its Vibram-powered outsole, backpackers can get and maintain a secure footing on unpredictable terrain with the Scarpa R-Evolution GTX. Tread patterns and multi-directional lugs are strategically placed all around the outsole to improve the boot’s grip performance. The tip of the sole’s forefoot zone also has ridges which give extra precision, especially during ascents and forefoot maneuvers.
The rubber tip of the boot is the outsole’s extension. This extended part serves as a toe bumper which lessens collision shocks and further reinforces the footwear’s toe box.
The Scarpa R-Evolution GTX is tailored to provide backpacking folks ample shock absorption, stability, and comfort with its rubber midsole. This thick yet cushy layer can bear considerable weight and stay resilient as it is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA—a copolymer that is sturdy and elastic at the same time. It has a contoured arch section which disperses shock by helping the boot flex as the user’s foot rolls forward. It also has a slightly curved forefoot zone which gives the R-Evolution GTX a rockered toe. A boot with a rockered toe, also called toe rocker, aids wearers during transitions and makes walking relatively easy, particularly on level terrain. The women’s version has a midsole that's marginally thicker than the men's pair, especially around the heel and forefoot zones.
Extra cushioning is provided by the boot’s stock insole. This removable footbed has slightly raised hindfoot borders for added heel support, as well as a perforated upper half for extra breathability.
With its layered upper that is part suede leather and part Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner, the R-Evolution GTX has strong defenses against abrasive elements and invasive water. The leather overlay around the ankle section has a cut-out design which exposes a portion of the soft liner. This exposed part allows the upper shaft to flex with ease, thereby improving the wearer’s mobility. The boot’s ankle cuff has a padded lining for extra cushioning.
Granting backpackers secure lockdown is the R-Evolution GTX’s closure system which features a combination of open hooks and lace loops. These riveted lace hooks and loops are made of a metallic material which enables the rounded laces to slide right through. They make lace-ups speedy and unhindered.
The boot’s Sock-Fit tongue uses a stretchable and breathable Schoeller fabric. Aside from putting up strict fortification against debris, thanks to its seamless design, this tongue also reduces pressure and prevents rubbing around the user's instep.
The front end of the upper is reinforced with a rubber rand. This toe rand and the outsole’s extension (rubber tip) team up to double down on forefoot protection and prevent toe injuries. The base of the heel, on the other hand, has a sturdy leather covering which adds to the boot’s durability and gives extra heel support.
- Scarpa's Sock-Fit technology was co-developed by the late Ueli Steck, a world-famous alpinist. This technology saw its debut in the Scarpa Rebel Ultra GTX.
- Dirty Scarpa boots may be rinsed with clean water. R-Evolution GTX owners may also remove stubborn dirt with the use of a damp cloth, brush, or sponge.