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Scarpa Mescalito Planet - Women's Review

These burly, well-constructed approach shoes are well suited for climbing in technical alpine terrain
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Scarpa Mescalito Planet - Women's Review (The Scarpa Mescalito Planet approach shoes have full rand protection and sticky rubber for long days on the trail or...)
The Scarpa Mescalito Planet approach shoes have full rand protection and sticky rubber for long days on the trail or scrambling in the mountains.
Credit: Luka Krajnc
Price:  $219 List
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Manufacturer:   Scarpa
By Whitney Clark ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 27, 2024
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RANKED
#5 of 13
  • Climbing Ability - 30% 8.0
  • Hiking Comfort - 25% 8.0
  • Weight and Packability - 20% 6.0
  • Support - 15% 8.5
  • Construction Quality - 10% 9.5

Our Verdict

The Scarpa Mescalito Planet is designed for technical hikes into the mountains and scrambling in variable terrain. The suede upper is super durable and water-resistant, and the tacky rubber toe rand offers extra protection while crack climbing. We pulled these out of the box and immediately went for a 10-mile hike without any discomfort during the break-in process. The Mescalito Planet are comfortable, yet if you cinch them down tight, they can be climbing machines. Even though they are better suited to folks with wider feet, the main downside is the price tag – these shoes are expensive! That said, if you have the cash and they fit you well, you'll be rewarded with an excellent, long-lasting approach shoe.
REASONS TO BUY
Durable
Comfortable for all day wear
Solid protection
Bomber construction
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Wide toe box might not fit everyone

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Bottom Line A well-constructed approach shoe with a durable design that was built for alpine terrainThanks to its lightweight design, comfortable build, and top-notch climbing ability, this shoe is an all-around winnerA solid shoe that excels in climbing ability and overall durability, but is not our first recommendation for comfortThese shoes will encourage confidence with every step thanks to incredible grip and sticky Vibram rubber outsolesAn awesome budget option that covers the needs of most climbers and is especially equipped for hiking comfort and long-term durability
Rating Categories Scarpa Mescalito Pl... La Sportiva TX2 Evo... La Sportiva TX Guid... La Sportiva TX4 - W... La Sportiva Boulder...
Climbing Ability (30%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Hiking Comfort (25%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
Weight and Packability (20%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Support (15%)
8.5
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Construction Quality (10%)
9.5
7.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Scarpa Mescalito Pl... La Sportiva TX2 Evo... La Sportiva TX Guid... La Sportiva TX4 - W... La Sportiva Boulder...
Weight (per pair) 21.4 oz 18.7 oz 21.0 oz 20.8 oz 28.9 oz
Sole Rubber Vibram Dynamis LB and Megagrip Vibram Idrogrip Vibram Mega-Grip and IdroGrip Vibram MegaGrip Traverse Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Upper Prespair with 45% recycled yarns Recycled knit Ultra-weave jacquard Leather Leather
Midsole Dual-density 45% recycled EVA Traverse lite injection MEMlex with co-molded TPU shank OrthoLite, dual-density compressed EVA, TPU Torsion Shank Traverse injection MEMlex Micropore EVA

Our Analysis and Test Results

Well-constructed and highly durable materials make the Mescalito Planet a great shoe for mountain missions when your gear simply cannot fail. The single-piece Pespair upper is highly durable, and the ActivFit system is specifically designed for women's feet. However, this shoe has a wider toe box and might not fit everyone.

Performance Comparison


scarpa mescalito planet for women - the mescalito planet offer top-notch comfort and support for long...
The Mescalito Planet offer top-notch comfort and support for long adventures deep into the backcountry.
Credit: Whitney Clark


Climbing Ability


To test climbing ability, we scrambled over low 5th-class terrain, weaved our way through talus, and climbed slabs, cracks, and face holds – all of which one may encounter when traveling in technical terrain. To confidently move through the mountains, a shoe needs to make us feel secure so we can just focus on the task at hand. The Mescalito Planet strikes a nice balance between comfort and climbing ability, providing that feeling of security on the rock.


This shoe is designed for moving through technical alpine terrain where you must have the utmost confidence scrambling on rock and talus. It has a rugged construction, sticky rubber outsole, and full rand protection. The sole has a medium stiffness, allowing us to stand on edges while at the same time being flexible enough for smearing.

scarpa mescalito planet for women - these shoes feature metal eyelets to protect the laces from blowing...
These shoes feature metal eyelets to protect the laces from blowing out.
Credit: Whitney Clark

We took these shoes out of the box and immediately hiked into the Incredible Hulk in the Sierra to put them to the test. They were surprisingly comfortable and transitioned from the trail to talus with ease. The Vibram Megagrip sticky rubber instilled confidence when jumping between rocks and smearing on slabs. The toe box of the Mescalito Planet was a bit too wide for our feet, and we had to really cinch them down tight to prevent our feet from sliding around inside the shoe. However, if these shoes fit your feet well, they will climb as well as any approach shoe out there.

scarpa mescalito planet for women - scrambling through technical terrain is no problem thanks to the...
Scrambling through technical terrain is no problem thanks to the Vibram Megagrip outsole.
Credit: Luka Krajnc

Hiking Comfort


The Mescalito Planet is a really comfortable approach shoe, thanks to the combination of a medium-density EVA midsole and high-density EVA heel insert for added support. The inner fabric lining is soft, and the single-piece multi-density upper is breathable. A main component that adds to the comfort of these shoes (and may detract a bit from the climbing ability for some) is the wide toe box. This allows ample room for the toes to move around and helps prevent jamming your toes on long descents.


For our testers, the Mescalito Planet was a dream to hike in and didn't cause any discomfort. We probably wouldn't want to wear these on more technical mountain scrambling as they were a bit too roomy (at least for our feet). But for hiking and approaching the base of a climb, they are great. Our feet stayed pleasantly cool while hiking in hot temperatures, and even after 40 miles of approaching, we didn't have any hot spots or blisters.

scarpa mescalito planet for women - we took a fresh pair of the mescalito planet's out of the box and...
We took a fresh pair of the Mescalito Planet's out of the box and straight onto the trail for the long approach to the Incredible Hulk.
Credit: Luka Krajnc

Weight and Packability


Some approach shoes just need to get us from point A to the base of point B, and weight is not necessarily of huge concern. Many of the approach shoes we tested are all within a few ounces of each other, and if you're not going to be carrying them while climbing, a few ounces won't make that much of a difference. That said, if you're looking for a super lightweight approach shoe, there are better options than the Mescalito Planet


This shoe lands squarely in the middle of the bunch when it comes to weight and packability. A size 38 weighs 21.4 ounces, which is slightly heavier than other models that score similarly. It is a bit too bulky for clipping on a harness and takes up quite a bit of space in a pack – there are definitely better options if you're looking for a lightweight approach shoe to carry up and over on a climb. But if you need an approach shoe just for approaching, then this is still a great option.

scarpa mescalito planet for women - when it comes to weight and packability, the la sportiva tx4 (left)...
When it comes to weight and packability, the La Sportiva TX4 (left) weigh less and pack down smaller than the similarly scored Scarpa Mescalito Planet (right).
Credit: Whitney Clark

Support


A stiffer sole provides the support needed to keep your feet from getting too sore, versus a more flexible shoe that tends to strain the arches of your feet, which will tire them out faster. When choosing an approach shoe for rocky terrain and cross-country travel, it is also important to have a durable upper to protect your feet from sharp rocks and extra toe protection for scrambling easy cracks.


The Mescalito Planet features a medium-stiff midsole that strikes a great balance between the two extremes, providing your feet the necessary support for long hikes into the mountains. The tread is slightly more low profile than heftier alternatives, but it still provided enough traction through the occasional mud puddle.

scarpa mescalito planet for women - these shoes feature a single-piece prespair upper that is extremely...
These shoes feature a single-piece Prespair upper that is extremely durable and abrasion resistant, supported by a multi-layer midsole that includes a TPU shank.
Credit: Whitney Clark

Construction Quality


When it comes to approach shoes – especially pricey ones – we want to invest in a reliable pair that will last a long time. It's a horrible feeling to be way out in the mountains only to discover a delaminating sole or a blown-out eyelet. If a shoe is well-designed and constructed with care, it should be able to withstand normal wear and tear for many years.


Out of all the approach shoes we tested, the Mescalito Planet is one of the most well-constructed. It features a nearly flawless design – it's obvious that these shoes were made with great attention to detail. The Prespair upper is incredibly durable yet breathable, which is often a hard combo to come by. There is full rand protection, metal eyelets to prevent laces from blowing out, and a Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole. Even after 40 miles on the trail and scrambling over rock, we barely noticed a scratch. The Mescalito Planet are definitely built to last.

scarpa mescalito planet for women - after 40 plus miles on the trail and scrambling in the mountains...
After 40 plus miles on the trail and scrambling in the mountains, the tread on the Mescalito Planet is still in great shape.
Credit: Whitney Clark

Should You Buy the Scarpa Mescalito Planet?


The Scarpa Mescalito Planet is the epitome of bomber construction, making it a reliable option for technical alpine objectives. However, these high-end approach shoes are the most expensive pair we tested, and they might not be a necessary purchase for someone looking to casually approach rock climbs. Even though they offer top-notch performance, their wide toe box may not be the right fit for your foot. But if you have the cash and they fit you well, the Mescalito Planet provides the support, comfort, and technical prowess necessary to move through the mountains.

What Other Approach Shoes Should You Consider?


If you're looking for a less-expensive approach shoe with similar all-around performance, the La Sportiva TX4 is a great option. It climbs well, is comfortable for long-distance hikes, and features a bomber construction nearly on par with the Mescalito Planet. The La Sportiva TX Guide is also an excellent alternative and slightly better than the other two for climbing. If the wide toe box of the Mescalito Planet doesn't work well for your foot, the narrow toe box of the TX Guide might offer a better fit.

Whitney Clark