Who should buy the Scarpa ZG Lite GTX

The Scarpa ZG Lite GTX is a desirable backpacking tool, thanks to its convincing set of qualities. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers protection against wet elements.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers excellent adaptability and stability over rugged terrain.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that makes travel on level surfaces less tiring.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX logo

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX notable features

  • Hailed by Scarpa as their lightest ZG (Zero Gravity) piece yet, the ZG Lite GTX puts a greater emphasis on agile hiking performance. Its ability to fence out wet elements is courtesy of Gore-Tex, hence the “GTX” in its name.
  • Part of the ZG Lite GTX’s core design is improved maneuverability. This particular facet is made possible by imbuing the shoe with two mobility enhancers: Flex Point System and Heel Tension System. The former makes the area around the ankle as restrictive-free as possible without sacrificing support. The latter, on the other hand, amps up the boot’s adaptability and stability over rugged terrain.
  • The boot’s sole unit is moderately rockered at the toe, making traversals on level surfaces less tiring. It comes built with the Activ Impact technology, which grants enhanced shock absorption. This proprietary tech also helps backpackers make more energy-efficient strides.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX feat

Size and fit

The Scarpa ZG Lite GTX is a high-cut boot designed for both male and female backpackers. It is engineered with the Ankle Padding System, which puts memory foam around the ankle zone for a personalized fit over time. Lockdown customization, on the other hand, is via the footgear’s ghillie lacing.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX laces

Provides sufficient sticking power

The ZG Lite GTX from Scarpa provides sufficient sticking power on a variety of backcountry surfaces with its trekking-specific Vibram Salix outsole. Its grippy lugs and treads are positioned at opposing angles to bolster its slip and skid resistance for where the terrain turns for the loose.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX outsole

Low-profile heel brake

Its designers gave it a low-profile heel brake to help trekkers negotiate descents with a bit more control.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX heels

Adequate ground stability and flexibility

This waterproof boot for backpacking relies on its polyurethane midsole in supplying its wearers with adequate underfoot comfort and ground stability. It has a dual-density construction, allowing the foot to roll with better efficiency. Its segmented design bolsters the footgear’s overall flexibility.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX midsole

Comfortable underfoot cushioning

Rounding out all things midsole in the ZG Lite GTX is the hiker’s Comfort Fit footbed. Its presence translates to increased cushioning. It also contributes to the boot’s supportiveness.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX insole


A partly fabric, partly suede leather upper is where the foot finds shelter in the Scarpa ZG Lite GTX. It has Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort liner, giving the boot proper defenses against inclement weather. This particular waterproofing tech also wicks away moisture from the inside. Both the heel and forefoot zones of the boot's upper are reinforced, granting the wearer extra heel support and toe protection, respectively.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX upper 2

Lace-up closure system

Combination eyelets and hard-wearing lace make up the ZG Lite GTX’s closure system. The three pairs of eyelets around the ankle are hook-like, making lace-ups at the last minute relatively easier.

Scarpa ZG Lite GTX laces 2

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 605g / Women 515g
Use: Backpacking, Speed Hiking
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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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.