Verdict from 1 expert and 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: The Rush GTX, much like most Scarpa must-haves, provides a kind of comfort that shines over long distances, a footwear critic says.
  • Grip wonder: This shoe, according to a blogger, is mighty tenacious on slippery slopes and rocky trails alike.
  • Watertight: You will be able to "slosh through shallow puddles" (about 2.5 inches deep) in this Scarpa hiker, says a trusted reviewer.
  • Supportive: An experienced hiker-slash-tester says that your gait will be preserved in this footgear, especially during scrambling.
  • Light: Picking up the pace in the Rush GTX should be an easy feat.
  • Accurate sizing: The Rush GTX is one such hiking shoe that runs true to size.

1 reason not to buy

  • Expensive: Its price tag might come as a big shock (but not the good kind) for many.

Bottom line

Whether you wish to tackle trails with well-thought-out foot placements or at a higher speed than usual, the Rush GTX is here for you. Engineered protective as it is boundary-breaking, this weather-ready Scarpa hiker can endow you with hiking performance more convincing than the last. While it does sit on the costlier side of the pricing scale, the Rush GTX’s benefits—which are many for its kind—can make you one satisfied adventurer for months.

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Scarpa Rush GTX: Control emphasized

A snappy ride awaits you the moment you slip into the Rush GTX. Making such an experience possible is thanks to the following:

Dedicated stabilizer. Also known as DST Frame, this sole unit is a one-two punch—it stabilizes the heel while giving the ankle enough flexible support for twisting maneuvers.

Snug instep. The Rush GTX comes with a stretch fabric around the instep. This proprietary technology provides a glove-like fit around said region, providing an even more locked-in, bunch-free fit as a result.

Pronounced rockers. Front and back, the Rush GTX is highly rockered. Its forefoot is more aggressively designed than most, making toe offs more efficient and springier on flatter terrain.

The Rush family

Alongside the featured hiker, Scarpa’s Rush and Rush Mid GTX make up this mini collection. The former is the lighter non-waterproof counterpart of the Rush GTX. The latter, on the other hand, comes with a mid-rise collar for additional ankle support.

The Rush is ideal for hikes when moisture is minimally part, if not completely out, of the equation. In short, sport it during the spring and summer months.

Conversely, for wet-weather adventures, you may choose between the two remaining GTX options. That said, opt for the low-cut variant if freer mobility is more your jam than ankle security.


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