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 designed 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

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 545g / Women 455g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal / Narrow, 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.