Our verdict


Mistral GTX is a day hiking boot that is both supportive and comfortable. These benefits, plus the effective waterproofing, grip, and lightness, were highly appreciated.


  • Comfortable out of the box
  • Amazingly light
  • Excellent ankle support
  • Good for wide feet and bunions
  • Reliable grip
  • Durable
  • Efficient waterproofing


  • Too short laces
  • Slightly expensive

Who should buy the Scarpa Mistral GTX

The Scarpa Mistral GTX is a high-cut hiking boot that outperforms the challenges of unpredictable outdoor conditions. If you are willing to shell out more money for a good hiking boot, Scarpa Mistral GTX could be a solid option for you. Get this pair if you want:

  • a light and supportive walking boot, ideal for trekking and trail walking
  • a hiking boot providing great waterproof protection
  • a boot that's comfortable out of the box and needs no breaking in 
  • a three-season hiker with added durability and stability

Scarpa Mistral GTX hiking

Comfortable out of the box

One of the best things about this Scarpa boot is that it feels very comfortable straight from the box and doesn't require a considerable break-in period. Some people even went on a long walk the first time they wore the Mistral GTX and reported getting no blisters or foot aches. As one of them puts it, he "didn’t feel the need to take them straight off after my walk."

In addition, reviewers have pointed out that the boot interiors still feel rather soft and cozy.

Scarpa Mistral GTX comfort

Scarpa's grippy outsole

The Vibram rubber outsole features multi-shaped lugs that aid in tackling various terrains. The enhanced Energy II sole delivers durability and grip. "Very good grip when walking down steep rocks in the rain," as one wearer reports.

Scarpa Mistral GTX outsole

Supportive and durable platform

The Scarpa Mistral GTX uses an injected PU midsole. It is designed with structured ribs which grant a supportive and flexible ride. It also remains comfortable on longer hikes.

Scarpa Mistral GTX midsole

A nylon insert with an added felt layer reinforces the sole construction, creating a more durable chassis. Hikers have taken note of how sturdy, well-constructed, and hard-wearing the Mistral GTX proved to be.

Gore-Tex breathable lining

This mid-cut hiking boot from Scarpa has a water-resistant suede (1.8 - 2.0 mm) upper. It is patterned with nylon panels which grant flexibility.

Scarpa Mistral GTX breathable

The inner lining, a Gore-Tex laminate, allows the foot to breathe and be protected during water encounters, whereas the visible perforations on the upper enhance breathability.

Also, it keeps the feet lovely and warm (and dry!)

360-degree protection in Scarpa Mistral GTX

The foot is shielded from bumps and scrapes by the toe and heel rand. It also has a support system at the back of the foot called the Heel Tension System. This component provides lateral stability.

Scarpa Mistral GTX protection

Furthermore, the boot's lacing hardware permits easy closure.

Scarpa Mistral GTX lacing

Accommodating fit

Based on the general users' feedback, the Mistral GTX has a roomy toebox. People with wide feet and bunions reported having enough room for their feet.

The only caveat is the length of the laces. More than a few wearers wished that the boot had longer laces.