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Scarpa Rush Low GTX Review

This is a great example of a beefed-up trail runner that works great as a fastpacking shoe
Scarpa Rush Low GTX
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Price:  $189 List | $188.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Comfortable, lightweight, doubles as a trail runner
Cons:  Less supportive, average durability
Manufacturer:   Scarpa
By Ryan Huetter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 6, 2022
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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Comfort - 25% 8.0
  • Weight - 25% 8.0
  • Support - 15% 6.0
  • Traction - 15% 7.0
  • Versatility - 10% 8.0
  • Water Resistance - 5% 6.0
  • Durability - 5% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Scarpa Rush Low GTX could easily be mistaken for a running shoe. Mesh upper, rockered sole for comfortable striding and a standard lacing system, but that is where the similarities end. This is a capable hiking shoe disguised as a trail runner, and this makes it a really appealing option for weight-conscious hikers who plan on going fast and light, or who would like a bit of versatility in being able to go running on wet and mucky trails.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Scarpa Rush Low GTX is a trail-running shoe in beast mode. The look is very reminiscent of a running shoe, but don't be fooled; these do a great job at hiking long miles on the trail and provide much better comfort and support than similar shoes.

Performance Comparison


Scarpa Rush Low GTX hiking shoes - trekking through the deep slot canyons of death valley we were happy...
Trekking through the deep slot canyons of Death Valley we were happy to be wearing the comfortable Rush Low GTX.
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Comfort


This is one of the areas in which this shoe scored the best, impressing our review team with straight-out-of-the-box comfort. Thanks to a mesh upper that conforms to the foot, we found no rigid material that caused our foot any discomfort. The standard lacing system snugly secures around the foot and can be adjusted easily.

Scarpa Rush Low GTX hiking shoes - a well-constructed midsole gives this shoe the support we needed for...
A well-constructed midsole gives this shoe the support we needed for lightweight hiking adventures.
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Equipped with a dual-density EVA midsole, there is adequate cushioning on longer runs or when carrying extra weight in the pack, and a molded toe cap keeps us from stubbing our toes.

Weight


We put these shoes on our digital scale and verified their 1.9-pound weight (size 11 US Men's). Over the past few years, we have started seeing that the bar for lightweight has been steadily being lowered—Two pounds used to be considered cutting-edge, and now has become a standard for hiking shoes. These shoes have a good performance-to-weight ratio by including a waterproof/breathable lining and a supportive midsole.

Scarpa Rush Low GTX hiking shoes - the lower weight helps the scarpa rush transition from hiking to...
The lower weight helps the Scarpa Rush transition from hiking to trail running along the trail.
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Support


The Scarpa Rush Low GTX uses a dual-density EVA foam midsole to create the cushioning platform for the foot and a TPU frame to give the shoe structure and rigidity. Much more supportive than your average running shoe, we found this model to work effectively on most trails we tested them on, and even scrambled around on the boulders and approached rock climbing areas with moderately heavy packs and gave them good marks for support and stability.

Scarpa Rush Low GTX hiking shoes - nimble and light, these can be used for day hikes as well as trail...
Nimble and light, these can be used for day hikes as well as trail runs and backpacks.
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These are not going to be the right shoes for those who have ankle issues or plan on carrying heavy packs, as they obviously lack the sturdiness of a heftier hiking shoe.

Traction


This shoe features the brand-new Interactive Kinetic System from Scarpa, a unique sole design that utilizes several concave areas in the sole to simultaneously create additional cushioning upon foot impact as well as then creating more surface area contact for the lug pattern of the sole to provide extra traction.

Scarpa Rush Low GTX hiking shoes - the rush has phenomenal traction for the type of shoe it is.
The Rush has phenomenal traction for the type of shoe it is.
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We certainly did notice more traction than typically found on this type of shoe, which due to the rockered shape of the outsole, often provides less ground contact and therefore less traction.

Versatility


This lightweight hiking shoe can handle day hikes and light backpacking trips in style. We also found that it does incredibly well when used as a trail running shoe. It has a nice and vibrant look, making it an appealing choice for a casual shoe to wear around town. We awarded good marks for its versatility for these reasons.

Water Resistance


The Rush Low GTX has a flood level of 2.5 inches, measured from the bottom of the sole to the lowest point of the Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane sewn into the interior of the shoe. This amount of water resistance will let you slosh through shallow puddles, but it is not enough to ford creeks without running the risk of getting your socks wet.

Scarpa Rush Low GTX hiking shoes - adequate for shallow crossings, the gore-tex lining did its job as...
Adequate for shallow crossings, the Gore-Tex lining did its job as long as you don't go to deep.
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Durability


The upper material of the Rush Low GTX is mesh with panels of polyurethane reinforcement. So far, it has held up to normal use during testing, but these materials do have more susceptibility to damage on the trail over time.

Should You Buy the Scarpa Rush Low GTX?


We really like the Scarpa Rush Low GTX for early season trail running, day hiking, and light backpacking. It is very comfortable, is versatile enough to be worn running, and has excellent traction. It is a specialized tool, but the Rush should be on your list if these activities sound like what you are doing. This is an upper-end light hiking shoe/heavy-duty trail running shoes, and due to its technological advances and versatility, we feel it is a good deal for the price.

What Other Hiking Shoes Should You Consider?


The Salomon X Ultra 4 Gore-Tex is lightweight and offers better traction, support, and water resistance. It sits at a similar price point and has a higher flood level to keep water out. Depending on your goals and hiking location, this could be a better fit for your needs. If you are on a budget, The North Face Ultra 111 WP is one to consider. This shoe has similar performance in every metric to the Scarpa but slightly better traction results in testing. With the savings of around fifty dollars, we think most hikers won't notice the difference between the two while wearing but will be happy with the extra money in their wallets.

Ryan Huetter
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