Who should buy Scarpa R-Evolution GTX

A good value for money for users who need a multi-purpose boot. It is ideal for people who:

  • Lean towards leather boots
  • Will tackle some wet trails
  • Require support from a high-cut boot

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Stabilizing and grippy outsole

Thanks to its Vibram-powered outsole, backpackers can get and maintain a secure footing on unpredictable terrain with the Scarpa R-Evolution GTX. Tread patterns and multi-directional lugs are strategically placed all around the outsole to improve the boot’s grip performance. The tip of the sole’s forefoot zone also has ridges that give extra precision, especially during ascents and forefoot maneuvers.

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX outsole

Forefoot protection of the R-Evolution

The rubber tip of the boot is the outsole’s extension. This extended part serves as a toe bumper which lessens collision shocks and further reinforces the footwear’s toe box.

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX toe bumper

Shock-absorbing midsole

The Scarpa R-Evolution GTX is tailored to provide backpacking folks ample shock absorption, stability, and comfort with its rubber midsole. This thick yet cushy layer can bear considerable weight and stay resilient as it is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA—a copolymer that is sturdy and elastic at the same time. It has a contoured arch section which disperses shock by helping the boot flex as the user’s foot rolls forward.

Extra cushioning is provided by the boot’s stock insole. This removable footbed has slightly raised hindfoot borders for added heel support, as well as a perforated upper half for extra breathability.

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX midsole

Forefoot features

It also has a slightly curved forefoot zone which gives the R-Evolution GTX a rockered toe. A boot with a rockered toe, also called toe rocker, aids wearers during transitions and makes walking relatively easy, particularly on level terrain. The women’s version has a midsole that's marginally thicker than the men's pair, especially around the heel and forefoot zones.

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX forefoot

Scarpa's durable leather upper

With its layered upper that is part suede leather and part Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner, the R-Evolution GTX has strong defenses against abrasive elements and invasive water. The leather overlay around the ankle section has a cut-out design which exposes a portion of the soft liner. This exposed part allows the upper shaft to flex with ease, thereby improving the wearer’s mobility. The boot’s ankle cuff has a padded lining for extra cushioning.

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX liner

Granting backpackers secure lockdown is the R-Evolution GTX’s closure system which features a combination of open hooks and lace loops. These riveted lace hooks and loops are made of a metallic material which enables the rounded laces to slide right through. They make lace-ups speedy and unhindered.

The boot’s Sock-Fit tongue uses a stretchable and breathable Schoeller fabric. Aside from putting up strict fortification against debris, thanks to its seamless design, this tongue also reduces pressure and prevents rubbing around the user's instep.

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX closure

The front end of the upper is reinforced with a rubber rand. This toe rand and the outsole’s extension (rubber tip) team up to double down on forefoot protection and prevent toe injuries. The base of the heel, on the other hand, has a sturdy leather covering which adds to the boot’s durability and gives extra heel support.

Scarpa R-Evolution GTX toe protection

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 658g / Women 540g
Use: Day Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Scarpa

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Author
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.