Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX Review

December 21, 2018
Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX
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Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX Scarpa_KailashTrekGTX_1 Scarpa_KailashTrekGTX_4 Scarpa_KailashTrekGTX_5 Scarpa_KailashTrekGTX_6 Scarpa_KailashTrekGTX_8 Scarpa_KailashTrekGTX_11 Scarpa_KailashTrekGTX_12
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
85
Support & Stability
7
Quality & Construction
7
Comfort
7
Weight
6
Protection
8

The Good

  • Seven grommets – strong lacing
  • Solid construction
  • Strong weatherization
  • Strong toe cap

The Bad

  • Heavy
  • Poor breathability
  • Unbalanced weight
THE VERDICT
The Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX is a heavy boot, that will probably last longer than most others in the test set, but its weight and lack of commensurate protection sank its score in our ratings. The Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX is a heavy, high-ankled trail and mountain boot.
FULL REVIEW

Support & Stability

These Scarpa boots have four closed grommets along the top of the foot, and three open grommets on the ankle, giving the user a wide range of cinch-ability. The ankle is a bit higher than most of the other boots in this test set, offering decent ankle support, with stiff and supportive leather sides. They have a Vibram sole, with a traditional layout of medium aggression, which is appropriate for most trail and many mountain conditions. The boots offer decent edging for scrambling.

Quality & Construction

The upper is made of suede with a Gore-Tex lining, earning these boots big points in the keep-my-feet-dry department. The tongue is a touch beefier than many of the other boots in this test set. The tongue is connected at the lower ankle, which gives the foot good access into the interior of the boot. All the grommets are riveted, rather than threaded or fastened, which gives this wearer confidence in the durability of their construction.

Comfort

The leather that makes up the top of the foot and the sides does constrict airflow to the foot, which means that when these boots are soaked, they fail to move water out and away from the foot. The toe box has adequate room, and the insole is thin but squishy. In terms of balance, these boots feel a bit toe-heavy.

Weight

The Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX weighs 2.8 pounds, well above our average of 2.5 pounds, the second heaviest boots in this test set. It’s an okay weight considering how much protection they have, and how long the boots will last for with a bit of care.

Protection

The first impression of the Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX is an impressively lugged tow cap, but it pulls the balance of the boot to be a bit tow-heavy. Suede leather goes all the way up the sides, leading to a padded cuff at the ankle that is pretty comfortable. The sole is thick, and tough, with very little flex, which is good for footbed protection but can be a drag on people used to a more flexible boot. The thick sole also makes them a bit bottom-heavy.

 

 

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