The Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX is part of a new line up in Scarpa's catalog this year, including the Zodiac Tech GTX. The Zodiac Plus excels in mountain terrain where excellent traction and stability are essential to keep you safe and secure. Less than an actual mountain boot, this mid-weight hiking boot will handle trail miles with ease, whether on day hikes or extended distance backpacking trips. It also has the chops to venture off trail onto demanding technical terrain no matter the weather conditions.
We found this boot to be the best combination of attributes for off-trail scrambling. Other models such as the Adidas Terrex Scope High GTX or the Las Sportiva TRK GTX have stickier rubber compounds and perform slightly better in the vertical realm, but fall short in other key metrics. We recommend this model without reservations as a durable and capable boot for mountain travel.