Who should buy the Scarpa Marmolada Pro OD
The Marmolada Pro OD may not have enough rigidity needed for traversing steep ice slopes. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer a mountaineering boot that is water-resistant and snug, sock-like fit.
- Prefer a mountaineering boot that provides grip on varying surfaces, wet or dry.
- Prefer a mountaineering boot that offers extra cushioning and shock absorption.
Offers a good amount of lateral stiffness
Like most Scarpa shoes, the Marmolada Pro OD uses a Vibram rubber outsole that offers a good amount of lateral stiffness. This quality is particularly beneficial for navigating steep slopes or climbing edges when scrambling.
The Drumiln outsole has a medium lug depth that is widely spaced, preventing mud and dirt build-up in between. The heel breast has aggressive deep lugs, providing downhill traction. As a Rated B1 boot, this can take only a C1 flexible strap-on crampon. And since it doesn’t have ledges on the rear or toes, a step-in crampon wouldn’t work on the Marmolada Pro OD.
Durable and shock-absorbing cushioning
The midsole is made of Polyurethane (PU) which is firmer than EVA and highly elastic. It is also long-wearing, shock-absorbing, and has a good amount of bending resistance.
Comfortable and responsive cushioning
The boot comes with a removable insert made of EVA, providing additional comfort and protection against impact. There’s also an anti-torsion system in the central section. All these features enable the wearer to navigate challenging terrains with fewer concerns over injuries.
The upper is made of water-resistant suede leather with a Sock-Fit XT construction system wherein the tongue, flex point, and collar come in one piece. This creates a sock-like structure that gives feet a snug feel.
This boot has a lace-up-to-toe lacing system that lets you adjust the tightness in varying parts of the shoe, depending on your needs. It locks off midway so you can vary the fit between the cuff and the forefoot.