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: 19.2ozWomen: 16oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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90 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews
[T]hey are a great choice when heading into the back country.
If you’re looking for a tough boot that’s lightweight while still providing plenty of grip and stiffness, and don’t mind the rigidity of a boot meant for light mountaineering, this would be a great choice.
But for someone who needs a supportive, realiably waterproof boot for backpacking on and off-trail, scrambling peaks, or even dayhiking in typically rugged and wet conditions, Scarpa’s Zodiac Plus GTX bridges a wide range of situations.
The Zodiac Plus excels in mountain terrain where excellent traction and stability are essential to keep you safe and secure.
Updates to Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
- The Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX backpacking boot is the Zodiac Tech’s more flexible version. Its suede leather enclosure has ample weather protection, thanks to its waterproof yet breathable Gore-Tex liner.
- This footwear is engineered with the Sock-Fit DV tongue. This component leaves no gaps on its sides, walling off debris and preventing bunching and hotspots as a result.
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX size and fit
Scarpa’s Zodiac Plus GTX is a fairly true-to-size, mid-cut trekking boot for both men and women. Width-wise, it is intended for regular-footed individuals. It comes in a number of whole and half sizes. Lockdown personalization is via the footwear’s to-the-toe lacing system. The Sock-Fit DV tongue allows wearers to achieve a pressure-free instep fit. It is built on a BZ last to deliver a precise fit.
Primarily responsible for securing the trekker’s footing on rough terrain is the boot’s Vibram Drumlin outsole. As it is based on the Mont compound, this aggressively lugged and treaded component gets to perform well even in higher altitudes. It is also engineered with a heel brake—offering adequate aid while going downhill.
Granting stability, cushioning, and shock absorption underfoot is the Zodiac Plus GTX’s midsole. It is made with a combination of ethylene-vinyl acetate and polyurethane, which means this stout layer has a nice blend of lightness, toughness, and compression resistance. Additional cushioning is brought forth by the boot’s Pro textile footbed.
The Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX owes its fuzzy look to its 1.8-mm Perwanger suede leather upper. Its mid-cut shaft and Sock-Fit DV tongue are adequately padded for additional comfort. Its bootie is crafted with the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane, fencing out intrusive water while keeping the boot’s interior amply ventilated. This velvety upper is also protected from scrapes and scuffs with its rubberized heel and forefoot zones.
Metallic open hooks and regular eyelets make up the lacing hardware of the boot. They are made functionally complete with the footwear’s synthetic laces.