Written on: 28/06/2011
I've had 2 pairs of Scarpa SL's now, and find them comfortable for my type of feet and completely waterproof. The first pair bought in 2002 lasted 7 years before the tread had almost worn away. Some time after 2002, Scarpa made some modifications, which involved the introduction of an articulated heel area. Unfortunately the second pair with the modifications have lasted less than 2 years. The fabric in the articulated part of the heel area of the boots has completely worn away rendering the... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2011
I am now onto my second pair of Scarpa SL boots after 12 years of reliable service over the most inhospitable terrain imaginable. At first they were very uncomfortable. However, five 4 km runs after being filled with warm bath water over a week. With time to dry out with the aid of balled up newspaper, and they fitted like a glove. No blisters in all the time that I used them. They were so comfortable that I even gave them a resole after 10 years of bliss.
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Written on: 20/02/2011
Wonderful boots for all year round use. B1 crampon rating. The lack of a Goretex liner has not been a problem - they have been flawlessly waterproof when occasionally treated with Nikwax cream onto warmed leather.
The reasonably stiff sole is a little clumpy on hard flat surfaces, but on all other surfaces is brilliant - a good compromise.
Three width fittings - the M3 Lady BXD up to size 42 is the narrowest, the M3 BX for 'normal' feet, and the M3 BXX for wide feet.
Doesn't require much... (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2010 by Heliconia (1 review written)
These are great boots, I have been wearing Scarpa sl-m3s for Alpine hut to hut walking holidays for 15 years and am now on my fourth pair. The problem is in the UK outdoor shops do not sell half sizes, so only half the population can get a decent fit with these boots. I find it appalling that "experts" in all the well know outdoor shops recommend insoles rather than a boot that fits.
In the US shops stock half sizes, they seem to be more customer oriented there.
The best place to buy these... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2008 by jtf (1 review written)
You have plenty to contend with when in the mountains without worrying about whether your feet can hack it. The Scarpa boot deals with that worry leaving you to focus on the walk ahead. Come sun, rain, mud, snow these boots will not let you down.
They are not Goretex lined but leather is a very waterproof material... and its natural. The tongue is part of the main boot leather so water cannot enter which nis a common problem with many boots. Seriously buy a pair they will not let you down. (read more)
Written on: 12/02/2007 by Tom H (110 reviews written)
I've had a pair of Scarpa SL boots for two years now and they're still going strong without failing me.
These boots were recommended by a number of friends and assistants at various retailers - I was told by one sales assistant at a local store that he'd owned a pair for nearly twenty years and still used them (but they'd been re-soled more than once). This sold it for me and the SL boots joined my outdoor footwear selection.
Although bought for my first winter mountain climb (to Snowdon in... (read more)
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