Scarpa's New Scrambling Boot
Scarpa reinvents the Mescalito for spring 2008 :-)
Posted: 17 August 2007
A quick heads up for next year, with Scarpa revealing a
new, dedicated scrambling boot due to be launched early in
Scarpa's old El Cap / Mescalito boot is still regarded as the best
ever scrambling boot by many users, particularly the early version
with the flat, low sole unit. It combined Scarpa's close-fitting
technical climbing last with a sole that was 100 per-cent sticky
rubber, very stiff and sat nice and low.
It had its downsides - there was precious little cushioning for
walk-ins and the orange, suede upper had minimal water resistance,
but the combination of close fit, supreme grip and confident edging
on the smallest holds made it inspirational footwear on hard
scrambles and easy climbs.
The replacements in the range were never quite as good, but now
Scarpa's announced the Cristallo which looks to be bang on the
money. Like the old El Cap, it's a light, climbing-lasted boot with a
stiff, low sole unit made from sticky Vibram rubber, but it also
features a lightweight synthetic upper with Gore-Tex waterproof liner
which should make it more versatile than the El Cap in British
conditions. It also features a PU cushioning unit in the sole, which
should make it more comfortable for walk-ins than its predecessor.
We reckon the Cristallo could be spot on for hard core scramblers
or anyone after a light, grippy boot for big rocky mountain routes or
via ferrata and provide an alternative to the current options of sticky approach trainers and full-on mountaineering boots.
The Cristallo should be out early next year and will
cost around £150. Let's hope they tweak the colours though...
Details of Scarpa's current range at www.scarpa.co.uk.
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Often the problem is wet trousers/socks wicking water in to the boot: were you wearing gaiters?
Posted: 24/06/2008 at 20:04
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No, no gaiters, however it is just not possible that the water would have seeped right down to the tip of my toes. I didn't actually check the wetness of my socks from top to bottom but seem to recall that the top area kept drier than the inside of the shoe. Anyway I am quite used to walking around with other boots and have never had such a problem: the main point of this thread here is "has anyone else had some waterproof problem with these boots", and not "does this guy know how to deal with wet conditions" ! - )
cheers for you answer anyway Pete.
Posted: 26/06/2008 at 09:24