Verdict from 4 experts and 16 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A handful of mountaineers stated that the Grand Dru GTX was very comfortable.
  • It had an excellent fit, based on some user reviews.
  • The tacky outsole of the Grand Dru GTX from Scarpa was praised by a blogger.
  • According to a gear reviewer, it kept his feet warm in colder temperatures.
  • Its roomy toe box was appreciated by a few hikers.
  • A mountaineering expert testified to the efficient waterproofing of the Scarpa Grand Dru GTX.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users mentioned that the boots were heavy.
  • It required considerable breaking in, as declared by some owners.
  • An expert does not recommend walking it on flat grounds as it can cause foot soreness.
  • A handful of experienced mountaineers were not too happy with its steep price.

Bottom line

The Scarpa Grand Dru GTX received appreciation and applause from outdoorsmen, may they be an expert or a regular mountaineering boot user. Its prime features include an effective waterproofing and ability to retain heat. However, its break-in period, premium price, and weight did not please the others. Overall, the Scarpa Grand Dru GTX is a mountaineering boot that has a lot to offer to those who do not mind the extra weight on their foot.

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Good to know

  • The Scarpa Grand Dru GTX is designed ready for the most rugged terrain and frequent water crossings. Its Italian leather and Gore-Tex laminate protect and wrap the foot. The mentioned components work with the Autofit Collar, Speed Lacing, Heel Tension and double tongue for optimal comfort.
  • The sole unit, the Total Traction Precision, features a TPU component and PU inserts. Their thickness is varied to maximize performance. The Vibram rubber outsole renders a grippy ride. A Pro Fiber XT 20 insole sits atop the sole unit to deliver enhanced support.

The Grand Dru GTX from Scarpa is a mountaineering boot for men. It comes in regular sizes and standard width. It is crafted using the AG last which yields a precise fit through its toe, forefoot and heel shape. It relatively runs true to size. The boot’s lacing system helps to obtain a snug, comfy fit.

The Vibram Total Traction Precision rubber sole is featured in this boot. Its self-cleaning, aggressive lugs bring traction on most types of terrain. The design of the toe area permits an increased ground contact for optimal grip.

The Scarpa Grand Dru GTX uses a TPU midsole with differentiated thickness and ribbed forefoot area. This design helps promote flex control while its heel zone accommodates crampons. Additionally, with the Activ Impact technology and PU inserts, shock absorption is maximized for enhanced stability and more efficient propulsion.

The Pro Fiber XT 20 insole cradles and supports the foot. Its top layer is coated with EVA. The second layer is a combination of polypropylene and fiberglass. Its lower part has a coating with compressed felt anti-stretch.

This high-cut mountaineering boot from Scarpa uses one-piece 3 mm suede leather which is water-resistant. It is coupled with a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining to aid in waterproofing, breathability and insulation.

The upper also features a double tongue to maximize comfort and a 360-degree rubber rand for protection. A support system called Heel Tension is added to render lateral stability. Another component is the Autofit Collar, an ergonomic component with special padding. It wraps the ankle, adapts to various movements and delivers comfort.

Its Speed Lacing includes open and closed metal hooks, and a webbing eyelet in the ankle (Flex Point) to facilitate smoother flexion while walking. A pull tab is attached at the heel and inner tongue for easy on and off.

  • For users who want to check out other options, see the Charmoz boot from the same brand.

How Grand Dru GTX compares

This shoe: 85
All shoes average: 83
55 97
This shoe: £450
All shoes average: £440
£170 £1170
This shoe: 990g
All shoes average: 868g
530g 1531g
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.