Rating : A+
The Scarpa Wrangell GTX is well-suited for almost every mountain mission. It can withstand a brutal hunt or a summer of serious trail building.
The boots are fitted with a Vibram® M4 Tech outsole, which is sticky on slick rock and won’t fail even after several seasons of abuse. That sole is attached with a double rand, which offers an extra buffer for boots that often receive a thrashing for weeks on end.
The boot cuff is a bit taller than other comparable hiking boots, which adds critical ankle support for heavy pack loads in rough terrain. A flex zone in the lower boot adds comfort and helps the wearer avoid achilles tendonitis during long trips.
A sturdy, gusseted double tongue makes the boots ultra-waterpoof. One-piece, rough grain leather construction affords dry feet simply by eliminating leaky seals. Inside, the Wrangells are lined with GORE-TEX® to keep feet dry and breathing.
The DL boot is high volume, and is designed with a broad fit. That makes it great for extended adventures, particularly for wearers with wide feet.
They Wrangell isn’t ultralight—the boot weighs in at 2 lbs 6oz—but it makes up for it with extreme durability and serious waterproofing.
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