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91 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Head'n West

    All you guys who have kind of a narrower foot, this would be a great boot for you.

  • 100 / 100 | Washington Trails Association

    These are solid, sturdy boots that will last for years and keep you dry.

  • 80 / 100 | Hiking in Japan

    [T]hese boots feel solid, light(ish) but not clunky.

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  • The R-Evolution Plus GTX from Scarpa is designed for backpacking and off-trail adventures where ruggedness is prevalent and technical performance is required. Its leather upper is engineered with a Gore-Tex membrane for adequate waterproofing.
  • It is built with the Sock-Fit XT construction. It involves the footwear’s flex point, stretch tongue, and gaiter to allow for freer mobility. It also gives users enhanced support.

Scarpa’s R-Evolution Plus GTX is a fairly true-to-size, above-the-ankle hiker for men and women. It is offered in regular width in whole and half sizes. The Sock-Fit XT construction of the gear wraps the foot in a single-piece elastic fabric, giving backpackers a kind of sensitivity usually achieved in most rock shoes. For fit customization, wearers have the shoe’s memory foam cushioning and front closure to thank.

Vibram Fagus Lite is the outsole responsible for giving trekkers enough surface traction over rugged terrain. It is based on the XS Trek compound, making it capable of adhering to most types of outdoor surfaces, whether wet or dry. The amount of grip it provides is bolstered by its rectangular lugs. It has a heel brake for extra control during descents and a ridged forefoot for more bite on ascents.

The Scarpa R-Evolution Plus GTX uses a compression-molded midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) for cushioning and ground stability. It comes with the insole called Activ Plus (or Activ Medium in the women’s version) to grant backpackers additional underfoot comfort.

The R-Evolution Plus GTX’s over-the-ankle upper is a combination of calf leather (with a thickness of 2 mm) and Schoeller Tech fabric for durable yet flexible performance. A rubber-like material is wrapped around its lower perimeter for abrasion protection and added sturdiness. To make the boot amply breathable and waterproof, Scarpa imbued the footwear’s inner liner with Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort technology. They also sealed both sides of the boot’s tongue to keep debris out.

In place of regular eyelets, its lockdown system uses pulley-like loops and open hooks made of metal. Its hardwearing lace is synthetic.

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