Verdict from 1 expert and 98 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Several mountaineers appreciated how the Scarpa Inverno kept their feet warm in cold weather conditions.
  • It worked well with crampons, based on a handful of user reviews.
  • A couple of outdoor enthusiasts testified to its durability.
  • Some wearers mentioned that it works great on snow.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A considerable number of wearers were annoyed with the heaviness of the Scarpa Inverno.
  • There was too much pain in the shin and toes, as exclaimed by numerous disgruntled users.
  • Hordes of owners did not like its bulky appearance.

Bottom line

The Scarpa Inverno is a double boot that has been on the market for years. But with the increasing demand for lighter mountaineering boots, the reputation of this pair is significantly affected. Its bulkiness and uncomfortable feel were highlighted by owners. Everything considered, the Scarpa Inverno may not be a good choice for those who prefer lightness while summiting in colder conditions. Seeking for other boot alternatives may be the best choice.

Good to know

  • The Scarpa Inverno mountaineering boot is crafted ready for extreme cold and high-altitude climbs. It features a hard-wearing Pebax outer shell and the High Altitude Liner which renders a comfortable and insulated in-shoe feel. The inner and outer boot have their own lacing system to grant a more secure and personalized fit.
  • It uses an EVA midsole for a lightweight and supportive cushioning. The crampon-ready Vibram Stabeler made of Mont compound grants a secure footing even at low temperatures. The sole unit is designed with a rockered bottom to facilitate a smoother stride.

The Inverno is a high-cut, unisex mountaineering boot which comes in medium width. According to Scarpa, their plastic boots are built using UK sizing. Based on Scarpa's size chart, the difference between the men's and the women's size (in US) is 1. Women should size down to get the correct fit. The brand also recommends getting a half size up depending on the desired fit. It fairly runs true to size. Its traditional lace-up closure allows customization of fit.

This mountaineering boot uses a Vibram Stabeler made of Mont compound, which gives rigidity and durability. It has an undercut heel for braking. The widely-spaced lugs prevent snow and muck from building up, preventing slips and falls. Likewise, this outsole is crampon-compatible. It is designed with a rockered bottom to facilitate a smoother stride.

The midsole of the Scarpa Inverno is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). It gives cushioning without adding too much weight to the footwear. This type of foam is also able to attenuate shock from impacts, enhancing comfort.

The outer shell of this double-boot is a lightweight Pebax shell which is durable and waterproof. It maintains its flexibility even in cold temperatures. Its hinged ankle and soft plastic tongue grant flexibility. The lacing hardware is rustproof, and a wrap-around rand protects against abrasion. 

The removable inner boot is a multi-layer High Altitude Liner which gives insulation and cushioning. It has a separate lace-up closure for a secure foot lockdown.

  • The Scarpa Inverno is compatible with hybrid (semi-automatic) and step-in (automatic) crampons.


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