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Scarpa Kailash Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.6 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: October 12, 2015
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Pros:  Good traction
Cons:  Poor support, not durable
Manufacturer:   Scarpa
Review by: Atherton Phleger ⋅ August 18, 2015  
Overview
The Scarpa Kailash is a best-selling, critically acclaimed boot. In 2008, it won a number of awards, including the illustrious Backpacker Magazine's "Editors' Choice Award". Since then, other boot manufacturers have taken notice, improving on the features that once put the Kailash at the front of the field; namely weight, comfort, and support. While we still consider the Kailash an excellent boot, our 2012 review found it quite outpaced by its current competition. We have enormous respect for this boot's pedigree, but as of right now, we believe there are better options.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

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These boots are great for all the same reasons they were in 2008. They are light, comfortable, and supportive. As with most synthetic boots, there is nearly no break-in period. They are as waterproof as a rubber glove.

A commonly named favorite feature of the Kailash is the heel cup, which is said to eliminate blisters and hot spots. While this is true, it certainly isn't unique of the Kailash. None of the boots we tested gave us blisters. It seems that in the intervening years since the Kailash's debut and initial success, other boot manufacturers have updated their technology.


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We devised a devious durability test for this review, one that involved six weeks of continuous wilderness canoe tripping. Canoe trips are notorious for destroying boots, and it's not uncommon to go through several pairs of boots in a single summer, so we were duly impressed when the Kailash lasted four full weeks intact. But then one seam near the ball of the toe blew, and a few more followed, as documented in the pictures above. (The all-leather boots and the La Sportiva eco managed to make it through the entire summer, and then a few months of park ranger-ing, with only aesthetic damage.)

Other Versions


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Scarpa Kailash GTX - Women's
  • Cost - $210
  • The women's version of this boot

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   Oct 12, 2015 - 08:35pm
Alecs · Climber · London
Bought this few years back, so it was an old model. Used them for 5 years from walking around the city in the winter time to light summer treks and even winter hikes in 50cm snow. I had them re-proofed with Nikwax and kept me dry for the first years with no problems.

Very durable, lightweight and good grip. However I wished they offered a better ankle support. Last year I sprained my ankle while trekking down from Toubkal.

This season would have been their 6th but the soles start falling apart. Even so they have been glued and last 7 days on Trail du Mont Blanc. Retired after and bought the R-evo GTX instead as they offer better support. Nevertheless was a good buy.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Dec 3, 2013 - 06:56am
After going through years and years of buying hiking boots and having to wear them in - only to find them fall apart within a year - I bought my first pair of Scarpa Kailashs. Although I was told that there was no need for a wear in period (like every other pair of hiking boots) I still gave them a few short 5km hikes before setting out on extensive hikes of 20km or so. I am amazed how much support these boots provide - especially carrying a pack weight of around 15kg. They don't feel soft underfoot, but very firm - however this seems to give stability - which ultimately gives an ability to go further without discomfort. They have had a fair share of abuse, withstanding light soakings, as well as immersion in mud and rain forest detritus. After six months being worn five or six days a week - they clean up well, and are holding together nicely.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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