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Scarpa Zen Review

   

Hiking Boots - Men's

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Overall avg rating 3.4 of 5 based on 5 reviews. Most recent review: February 3, 2014
Street Price:   Varies from $111 - $145 | Compare prices at 6 resellers
Pros:  Excellent grip, works as approach shoe, durable.
Cons:  Thick sole, no ankle support.
Best Uses:  Approaches, easy soloing.
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Recommendations:  75% of reviewers (3/4) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Scarpa
Review by: Atherton Phleger ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ June 1, 2012  
Overview
Mendel would be all over this shoe. The Scarpa Zen is a hybrid of hybrids. A casual combination of a light hiking boot and an approach shoe, the Zen moves a bit farther along the shoe-to-boot spectrum. It fills a niche that doesn't really demand filling. Its a mediocre approach shoe, and a poor-to-middling light hiking boot. However, it does have a few redeeming qualities. Its durable as all hell. It endured abuse every day for months without any critical damage. It has better rubber than any hiking boot you'll find, and a comprehensive rand that makes it possible to jam and climb off-widths without shredding the shoe to pieces.

There are better options out there. If youre primarily interested in an approach shoe, heres our approach shoe review. If youre looking for something a bit more boot-ish, try the Merrell Moab Ventilator or Keen Targhee.

Other Versions
Scarpa Zen - Women's, $145.

The Scarpa Crux or Scarpa Crux - Women's, $100, is built for scrambling, smearing, and approaches.


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Most recent review: February 3, 2014
Summary of All Ratings

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75% of 4 reviewers recommend it
Rating Distribution
5 Total Ratings
5 star: 40%  (2)
4 star: 0%  (0)
3 star: 40%  (2)
2 star: 20%  (1)
1 star: 0%  (0)
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   Feb 3, 2014 - 06:03pm
Naitch · Climber · Seneca, Area
They such for the purpose that I bought them - hiking/approach, scrambling and easy climbing. Too heavy, stiff and the toe is boxy/clunky. They do seem to be well made, though - much better than the 5.10s. However, I think I'll stick with my 5.10 Tennies or La Sportiva Gandas ($$$)

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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   Feb 3, 2014 - 04:36pm
Kit · Climber · Walcha NSW
By far the best approach shoe I have ever owned!
Great for around town,forest, track and rough terrain.
Makes a great choice for the easier solo climb or a little rock hopping.
Fits like a glove, my feet love them!
They are smart enough to wear out and about (great for long flights!)
I have had many positive comments around the world on my travels.
If I had to chose one shoe to do it all the Scarpa Zen would be that shoe.
Long lasting and tough, stylish and ohh so comfortable.
I would reccomend 2 pairs, once one pair is worn in… start the others for "Best".
Repeat this process for maximum satisfaction!

(if I could take 2 pairs of shoes to that rocky deserted island paradise I would pair them with my faithful Boreal "Stinger" rock shoes)

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Nov 26, 2012 - 07:23am
Stefan Jacobsen · Climber · Danmark
Great approach shoe that climbs well. Perfect fit. Sole and laces wear out before the rest of the shoe. Can't understand why ST doesn't like it.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Aug 18, 2012 - 12:58pm
I couldn't disagree with this review more. The shoe perfectly fits my needs; an every day city shoe good for sidewalks, light hikes in and out of the city, and occasional scrambling. It's the most comfortable street shoe I've worn, and takes no time to break in. But the sole wears out way too fast. I suppose it all depends on where you test the shoe.

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