Our verdict


Scarpa engineers made an astonishingly light and ankle-supportive backpacking boot in the Zodiac Plus GTX. They also crafted something fantastically waterproof and grippy in it. Overall, the Zodiac Plus GTX may just become their ultimate go-to gear for their outdoor adventures ahead.


  • Excellent waterproofness
  • Impressively grippy outsole
  • Super-reliable ankle support
  • Fantastic longevity
  • Satisfying ventilation
  • Awe-inspiring lightness
  • Stable ride on challenging terrain
  • Great flexibility


  • Long break-in period
  • Laces loosen quickly
  • Dust-magnet upper

Who should buy the Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

Fantastically light yet supportive, the Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX is a mid-cut backpacking boot, perfect for a fast and light hike through hill and mountain terrains. Get this pair if you want:

  • a boot great for mountaineering and trekking, providing ample traction and grip on and off trail

  • moisture-resistant and protective boot that will keep your feet dry and create a soft natural feeling while moving 

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX backpacking

Updates to Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

  • The Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX backpacking boot is the Zodiac Tech’s more flexible version.

Vibram's grippy outsole

Primarily responsible for securing the trekker’s footing on rough terrain is the boot’s Vibram Drumlin outsole. As it is based on the Mont compound, this aggressively lugged and treaded component gets to perform well even in higher altitudes.

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX outsole

It is also engineered with a heel brake — offering adequate aid while going downhill.

Extra support and comfort in Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

Granting stability, cushioning, and shock absorption underfoot is the Zodiac Plus GTX’s midsole. It is made with a combination of EVA and PU, which means this stout layer has a nice blend of lightness, toughness, and compression resistance.

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX cushioning

Additional cushioning is brought forth by the boot’s Pro textile footbed.

Scarpa's premium sock fit

The Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX owes its fuzzy look to its 1.8-mm Perwanger suede leather upper. Its mid-cut shaft and Sock-Fit DV tongue are adequately padded for additional comfort.

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX padding

Ample wear- and waterproofness

Its bootie is crafted with the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane, fencing out intrusive water while keeping the boot’s interior amply ventilated.

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX waterproof

This velvety upper is also protected from scrapes and scuffs with its rubberized heel and forefoot zones.

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX rubber rand