Verdict from 16 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Most of the Scarpa Kailash GTX reviews speak of its exceptional quality.
  • It ticks the box for comfort, according to many hikers.
  • Many people commend the stiffness of its midsole that makes long walks so much more bearable.
  • Several wearers are amazed by the soft upper that promotes flexible movement. 
  • The Scarpa Kailash GTX hiking boots are very supportive, note a handful of verified buyers.
  • The clever lacing system makes adjusting the fit easy, say plenty of reviewers.
  • A few hikers love the grippy soles that suit rugged terrain.

1 reason not to buy

Bottom line

A rugged trail boot designed to promote freedom of movement without sacrificing comfort - the Scarpa Kailash GTX take backpacking boots to another level. It's hyped for its top-notch construction, flexibility, and strength. This high-top boot also gets positive ratings for being protective, supportive, and grippy. It makes a fine boot for day hiking, scrambling, and backpacking in the mountains. 

This boot can be a bit narrow for some, as a few users suggest. Nevertheless, it's a great option for anyone looking for a boot that's tough on the trail but gentle on the feet.

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Good to know

  • Unique to the Scarpa Kailash GTX men's and women's boots are the soft and flexible uppers that offer plush support and durable protection.
  • This redesigned version of Scarpa's best-selling trail boot is constructed through the Active Fit technology meant to absorb the negative impact of ground shock, therefore reducing the impact on the feet and preventing fatigue.
  • It's equipped with a grippy Vibram outsole that features multidirectional lugs that bite into different surfaces.

Despite being a backpacking boot, the Kailash GTX features a soft and flexible upper for max comfort. It has a padded tongue and collar for a comfortable fit. Also, its lace-to-toe construction lets you adjust the tightness around the toes and ankle separately.

The sides of the upper have leather reinforcement for structure and support while the high shaft gives decent ankle support. It also comes with an inbuilt flex point that allows the toes to bend naturally.

The Kailash boots feature beefy Vibram outsoles that suit different types of terrain. They have aggressive lugs that bite into hard and soft surfaces, from concrete to mud, sand, grass, and snow. Meanwhile, the hard edges promote stability on rough terrain and the flat, toe section similar to that of approach shoes, is designed for scrambling.

The Vibram soles used in these boots are thick and a bit heavy, making the Kailash GTX a medium-weight hiker. 

For the midsole, the Kailash GTX uses polyurethane (PU) which is heavier and denser than EVA but is much more robust. This material is a little stiff which makes it ideal for backpacking where you will be carrying a heavy load. For added support and cushioning, the boot comes with Comfort-Flex Plus insole.

This Scarpa hiking boot combines Ripstop and leather for enhanced protection and comfort on the trail. Ripstop is a nylon fabric that is soft, stretchable, and resistant to wearing and tearing. More interestingly, it offers a glove-like fit. The majority of the upper, particularly the sides, is made of leather which protects against abrasion. It also comes with a rubber rand and firm TPU toe cap that protects the boot from bruises and keeps the foot safe from sharp hazards on the trail.

The boot interior is lined with Gore-Tex for protection against rain and water. Gore-Tex offers superior protection against external moisture, though it can get a little too warm in extremely hot days. 


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