Who should buy the Scarpa Kailash Lite

The Scarpa Kailash Lite is a versatile hiking shoe best suited for:

  • day hiking, backpacking, mountaineering adventures
  • trail-running and other outdoor escapades

Breathable boots for outdoor sunny pursuits

The Scarpa Kailash Lite is a warm-weather ally. If you are head-over-heels about breathable boots, then the Kailash Lite should serve you well in sunny pursuits.

Yes, one of the main draws of this Scarpa piece is its ability to eject stuffiness out of the boot. The chief suspect here is the hiker’s partly nylon, partly suede leather upper.

The Kailash Lite has well-ventilated interior

Its exposed sections—those without overlays—pump out heat and moisture as you negotiate the course in front of you.

The overlays themselves also help keep the shoe’s interior well-ventilated as they are made of authentic leather, which is naturally breathable.

Sole wears out relatively rapidly (for one season)

Based on my experience, writes one reviewer, is that the tread on the sole wears out relatively rapidly (for one season). 

The mid-sole part of the shoe has also deteriorated quickly, which greatly affected its supportive capability. Moreover, an experienced backpacker finds the Kailash Lite a bit on the narrow side. 

Extraordinary comfiness on walks

In place of a waterproof liner, the Kailash Lite has a nylon one. Aside from keeping the boot light, this type of liner also promotes air circulation, allowing the foot to stay moisture-free for longer, which makes this shoe ideal for warm-weather trail pursuits.

Most reviews about the Scarpa Kailash Lite speak of its extraordinary comfiness on walks, even on concrete surfaces. Its true-to-size fit is one of its strongest links.

Quick break-in period

The Kailash Lite loosens up nicely in no time. Fresh out of the box, its instant comfort is pretty impressive (as per usual with Scarpa shoes) with the superb comfort, support, and performance.

Much like many of Scarpa’s exemplary boots, the Scarpa Kailash provides incredible arch security.

Lightweight, lockdown fit

This piece is among the lighter kicks in the realm of backpacking boots. It is also almost as lightweight as the critic-favorite Zodiac Plus GTX.

With a reinforced lace ghillies, it provides a low profile, lightweight lace system for personalize and lockdown fit.

Scarpa Kailash Lite provides reliable traction 

The Kailash Lite hiking boot comes with the Vibram Biometric/XS Trek outsole. This means that slipping on the trail is going to be difficult in this pair.

If you require something fully waterproof, opt for either the Kailash Trek GTX or the Kailash Plus GTX Note: Most kicks engineered with a Gore-Tex membrane are usually heavier than their non-GTX counterparts.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 588g / Women 488g
Use: Day Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Scarpa Kailash
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Breathable / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Scarpa

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.