Who should buy the Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX

If you’re a mountain enthusiast, a climber, walker, or backpacker, the Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX is a great all-around summer mountain boot that will meet your needs during your treks. It's a solid option if you want: 

  • a stiff yet superbly light boot, comfortable enough for longer trails
  • summer alpine boots that don't restrict movement and provide enough flexibility
  • a pair of versatile boots that can take semi-auto crampons for rock climbing

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX mountain boot

Vibram's sure-grip outsole

The Zodiac Tech GTX from Scarpa is equipped with Vibram Mulaz outsole. Its lugs and treads are strategically positioned for mountaineering performance. It features areas responsible for thrusting, braking, and gripping.

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX outsole

Its self-cleaning grooves promote traction by preventing mud and dirt from lodging into the sole.

Shock absorbent and durable midsole

With a combination of PU and EVA foams, the Zodiac Tech GTX is able to provide more precision and shock absorption. Polyurethane foams are known to be lightweight and adaptive to warm and cold temperatures. EVA is known for its abrasion resistance and flexibility.

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX shock absorbent

Extra softness and flexibility 

The Pro Fiber 20 insole combines polypropylene and fiberglass, enabling the boot to maintain a desirable level of flex and cushioning. The felt coatings render warmth and are able to absorb moisture.

Crampon compatibility in the Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX

The combination of the midsole and the outsole is known as the Vibram Pentax Precision II XT. This unit has a TPU crampon insert that permits it to work with crampons. It aims to provide cushioning and support to the user.

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX crampon

The ACTIV Impact technology is infused in this component to enhance shock absorption and absorb negative impacts.

Water-repellent suede upper

The Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX upper is made from breathable 1.8 mm suede Perwanger leather. It is known to be hydrophobic, scratch-resistant, and durable. The upper is made secure by the extended rubber rand. It wraps the boot and serves as protection against screes and other debris.

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX upper

Breathable Gore-Tex lining

Lining the Zodiac Tech GTX is the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort. It adds to the breathability and durability of this mountaineering boot. It also takes care of the waterproofing and provides adequate insulation for colder climates. It allows users to use the pair in a broader range of outdoor activities.

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX lining

Comfortable ankle collar 

The Ankle Padding System of this boot uses memory foam that conforms to the shape of the foot. This foam is able to recover its original shape after every use, thus improving the comfort and adaptability of the boots’ upper.

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX ankle collar

It works in conjunction with the Autofit Collar that also helps reduce stress on the ankles thru its ergonomic design.

Additional info

  • Zodiac Tech GTX is compatible with automatic and strap-on crampons.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 21.9oz / Women 18.7oz
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Single, Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Scarpa
Construction: Single, Lace-to-toe

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.