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Finding a comfort and performance balance between lightweight trail boots and heavy-duty hikers, the Kailash GTX hiking boot from Scarpa is a versatile option for on and off trail. At less than a pound and a half, these boots are light enough for quick day hikes, but if the agenda calls for a longer sojourn, the durable suede uppers, waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX liner, and traction-proficient Vibram soles are ready for the challenge.
Top Customer Reviews
The Scarpa brand has a good reputation, using good materials that will clock up the miles without too much fuss. I have quite narrow feet, yet these boots fit like a glove! The longest I have worn these boots for in one go was about three hours or so, on a nice hike up, and then back down a hill. The area I hike in is a good test on boots as the terrain changes a lot. You can usually expect a nice mix of mud, rock and clay. The soles on these boots have plenty of bite, so the mud is not a problem, and the same goes for the clay etc. They also grip to rock rather well, and the thickness of the lugs means that it should be some time before they need re-soling. The ankle support is supurb. I haven't had the pleasure of using these with a heavy pack yet, but I felt really sure-footed on the hillside with these things on. On a steep climb, and again on the steep decent they worked like a good boot should. There is enough room in the front of the boot to prevent any problems with sore toes too.
I have only used these on short hikes so that I can "break them in" as is usually the case. To be honest though, at a push you could probably get away with using them on a longer hike straight out of the box! They are an extremely comfortable boot, not to mention extremely light. They actually look pretty good to, with or without mud!!
I purchased these online through amazon. They had the best deal, plus the fact that once again, they won me on service! Thanks again Amazon!!
They are a really good boot, I use them in a very hot and sandy environment. This boot does a good job keeping my feet comfortable with good (not great but pretty good) air flow, even with very high (avg'ing over 110F and arid) ground temperatures.
Why 4 instead 5? It is because they are pretty good but not perfect. The boot did not ever really form to my foot even after months of constant wear. Also there something a little off in the way the toe fits, not enough to saying something bad about the boot, but when you ware the boot 18+ hours everyday it feels a little off. I would not want to run any distant in them either, but for walking and hiking they are fine (note I have only use the boot on relatively flat (but broken) ground).
NOTE: In my case the boot sizes run just a little small, so if you normally a 10.5in i would suggest and 11in (EU 44.5)
First-rate Italian craftsmanship, beautiful finish.
A bit lighter than the Zamberlan Rise and Steep boots, but the Scarpa has a little less ankle support (the Zamberlan are hard to beat for ankle protection). The Scarpa is mid weight hiking boot, while the Zamberlan are a heavy hiking boot or a light backpacking boot. Both Scarpa and Zamberlan boots are outstanding.
THE KAILASH FAMILY OF BOOTS
3 boots share a common ancestry based on the Kailash. They are the Scarpa Nangpa-La XCR, the Kailash and the Bhutan. Each shares the same Scarpa BX last, Vibram® Hi-Trail Lite sole, Comfort-Flex insole and Polyurethane/EAV midsole.
Men's boots also come in a BXX last, a wider last, designated by W in European sizing and the E in US shoe sizes. Availability can vary between countries for the BXX last.
From lightest to heaviest they are: Nangpa-La XCR, Kailash and the Bhutan.
The Nangpa-La XCR has a Cordura and Suede upper and a pair weighs 1180 grams. The Kailash is made of mainly Suede and weighs 1240 grams a pair. The big brother Bhutan is made of Nubuck leather and weighs 1420 grams. Weights based on a boot size of 42 (European).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had two pairs during my OIF deployments. hundreds of miles during the foulest of weather and terrain; they performed above par. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Thomas Manes
This is an excellent hiking boot. Fit is perfect - top quality and long listing. My third pair of Scarpa hiking boots.Published 20 months ago by Guy H. Yeatts Jr.
Brilliant boots. Compared to the traditional Scarpa mountaineering boot, these are lightweight. I spent 10 years trying to break in my leather Scarpas and failed. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Dave
I wear a 10 shoe and bought these in a 10.5 and the fit was perfect. I thought they were a little small but after a week they broke in and are the most comfortable boot that I've... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by stat
I have had them now for six months now and they still like new. i am real hard on boot but so far these are better than my Danners . Fit perfect right out of the box. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by W. Moore
Love even more the warranty that comes with them. These boots do run a bit narrow so if you will need thicker socks for colder temps, order a half to full size larger than... Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by R. Shaffer