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Scarpa Kailash GTX - Women's Review

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Pros:  Waterproof, beefy sole.
Cons:  Not the most comfortable.
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Manufacturer:   Scarpa


As the least expensive mid-weight hiking boot, the Kailash is just so-so. It delivers stability and support, great traction, and a waterproof membrane, but lacks comfort, sleekness, and the ability to impress. Our favorite all-around boot that could function just as well as the Kailash in most situations even though it is of lighter weight, is the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's.

New Version Update - May 2015
The Kailash GTX has been updated for 2015. See below for more details!

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
McKenzie Long
Senior Review Editor

Last Updated:
May 6, 2015

New Version of the Kailash GTX vs. The Older Version

The Kailash GTX has been updated and now has a new look; it appears that this boot has a redesigned upper that is said to offer more mobility and according to Scarpa, the new Hi-Trail sole will give better traction, push-off, and braking.

"There were some in-line changes to the midsole construction and the upper construction a couple of seasons ago, but we would call them evolutions rather than major changes."


In the meantime, see below for a side-by-side comparison, with the latest model shown on the left and the older model pictured on the right.

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Hands-On Review

The most recent version of the classic Scarpa Kailash has a new midsole and sole design that strives to add more support. We still prefer lighter boots like the Lowa Renegade or the La Sportiva FC Eco 3.0 GTX - Women's for most applications.

Performance Comparison

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Taking a snack break near an old mine while wearing the Scarpa Kailash.


The Kailash offers decent support, and would work better with heavy loads than the lighter boots such as the Keen Voyageur, but at 1.2 lbs, each one weighs almost as much as the Voyageur's do for an entire pair! It has a firmer heel cup than many of the lighter hikers, a higher rise on the ankle, and offers more stability for a heavy pack.


The Vibram sole on the Kailash is beefier than most of the boots in this review, providing excellent traction and allowing itto perform well on more types of rough terrain. This sole does contribute to additional weight, making this a medium weight boot rather than a light hiker.


The upper of the Kailash feels a bit lumpy. Rather than fitting smoothly around the foot like many others, it bunches when tied tightly. While hiking, when the foot bends it often creates a pressure on the top of the foot. For a sleeker fit that could be worn for miles, try either the Lowa Renegade, the Keen Targhee II, or the La Sportiva Eco 3.0.


The toe rand adds extra protection to the front, and the beefy sole seems as if it will last forever. Some of the seams appear suspect, but so far in our usage we have not had any problems with the boot holding up.


The Kailash has a very traditional techy look to it. For a more interesting look, it also comes in Ginko Green.

Water Resistance / Breathability

After a spring hike through snow patches and sloppy mud, feet stayed completely dry. The Gore-Tex Performance Footwear lining works its magic.

Best Application

Because of its beefier sole and solid heel cup, the Kailash is more ideally suited to backpacking with weight than to day hiking.


The Kailash is mid-range in price for a medium weight hiking boot. Our overall opinion of it is equally lukewarm.

Other Versions

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Kailash GTX
  • Cost - $210
  • Men's version of this shoe

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Scarpa Crux - Women's and Men's Crux Approach Shoe
  • Cost - $115
  • Excellent hiking and climbing abilities
  • Affordable price
  • Durable construction

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Scarpa Vitamin Approach Shoe
  • Cost - $200
  • Excellent hiking and climbing abilities
  • Super durable leather uppers
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   Feb 17, 2015 - 11:34pm
Escalante48 · Hiker · Phoenix, Arizona
Well designed, solid under foot, comfortable. I inserted Superfeet Green insoles in place of the original insoles. I also inserted my own custom designed and hand-made tongue pads under the boot tongues. I have narrow, flat, low volume feet. These were the only boots that came close to providing a good fit. With the insole substitution and tongue pads (which did not move while hiking), these boots are completely comfortable and provide excellent support. No hot spots, blisters, sore toes, etc. I broke them in by hiking up and down a 7-mile rocky trail with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Wonderful boots.

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