Who should buy the Scarpa Rush Trail GTX

The Rush Trail GTX takes agile hiking to a whole new level. Purchase it if:

  • You're a fan of the Rush TRK GTX, but this time, you want more ankle mobility.
  • Longer day adventures, with or without a light pack, are your thing.
  • Your hikes involve negotiating hilly zones.

Who should not buy it

At $219, the Rush Trail GTX can be a hard pill to swallow. In its place, get the significantly cheaper Scarpa Mojito Trail GTX ($145). Also, you're better off hiking in the Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX if you want a pair that doesn't crumple at the toe box.

Comfort in a rush

An expert describes the Rush Trail GTX as "sumptuously soft" and "immediately comfortable." Indeed, he paints the featured shoe as requiring no break-in period at all.

Mighty stickiness in the Rush Trail GTX

Professional gear bloggers are floored by the tenacity of the Scarpa Rush Trail GTX. Their remarks on this are as follows:

  • "Offers excellent grip and control."
  • "Grips both rocky and muddy terrain like a limpet."
  • "Superior grip."

On a related note, the featured shoe does well on edges. Its grippy outsole also performs quite well on scrambles.

Makes rugged trails feel flat

Stability-wise, the Scarpa Rush Trail GTX is fantastic, and a critic strongly agrees. The same reviewer says that it has the "same stability and protection as a full hiking boot."

Besides great balance on rough terrain, this offering also provides "excellent support," says a professional tester. This is especially true on craggier surfaces, where approach shoes are often used.

But its price is a big deal

"Some may balk at the price" of this shoe, says a footwear maven. This is not without a basis, too, as its MSRP of $219 is quite steep compared to most hiking shoes on the market. For insight, the Scarpa Rush Trail GTX is $89 pricier than the average.

Scarpa Rush Trail GTX equals uber tough

"Surprisingly hard-wearing"—this is how a gear pundit describes the Scarpa Rush Trail GTX. He is especially impressed with the toughness of its suede leather shell.

Underfoot, one critic calls the shoe beefy enough. He adds that it's quite protective against sharp rocks without sacrificing responsiveness.

The ingeniously designed Rush Trail GTX

An experienced hiker-slash-expert is astonished by the fine craftsmanship of the Scarpa Rush Trail GTX. It's "superbly designed and constructed," says he.

Its flawlessness is also complemented by its captivating aesthetics. A blogger says that it has a "handsome and functional design."

Facts / Specs

Weight: 455g
Use: Day Hiking, Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / 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 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.