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Scarpa Marmolada Trek Boot | Review

Scarpa's brilliant alpine-styled all-round Marmolada Trek mountain lightweight scores bonus points for its OutDry lining and blend of comfort and support.

‘Scarpa’s Marmolada is a superb mix of all-mountain walking and scrambling ability, and blends lightness and comfort with alpine good looks. The excellent OutDry waterproof membrane is an added bonus.’

Outdoors Magic: Light, supportive, comfortable, walks and scrambles, OutDry waterproofing rocks, good all-round grip, slick alpine-style looks. Good value too.

Outdoors Tragic: EVA mid-sole cuts weight, but won’t last as long as a PU equivalent. Too garish for some tastes.

Outdoors Grabbit? We’re huge fans. The Marmolada is a stable, supportive, but deceptively light boot that’s great for both mountain walking and scrambling. It uses Scarpa’s benchmark technologies for great fit and comfort – think wide, but lower volume forefoot – plus the excellent OutDry waterproofing technology works better than anything else we’ve tried. Uppers have proved surprisingly tough so far, but the lightweight EVA midsole cushioning won’t last as long as PU equivalents if you’re bothered about ultimate long-term durability. Great boot if it fits your foot shape.

 

Full Specification

Lightweight mountain walking and scrambling boot / Suede and Schoeller L-Tech synthetic fabric uppers / OutDry waterproof membrane lining / SOCK-FIT XT technology /  Scarpa Pro (4.5mm) midsole / Vibram Mulaz S outsole / Cocona 37.5 fabric lining fabric / B1 crampon rating

Full Review Below

All-round rubber rand helps to protect the Schoeller fabric upper from rock abrasion - Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)
Alpine-style down to toe lacing gives good forefoot hold and adjustability as well as looking rad... - Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)
Soft ankle collar adds up to excellent comfort and mobility - Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)

Scarpa Marmolada Trek Boot | Performance

We try to keep things objective and reasonable here on OM, but the Marmolada Trek is our kind of boot. Why? It has a deceptive mix of an impressively light weight, excellent fit and comfort for our medium broad British feet and a chassis that’s stiff enough for scrambling, but rolls along happily for all-round mountain walking.

How light? An impressive 1260g for a pair of size 43s thanks to the combination of tough Schoeller fabric and suede uppers and a stiff but light chassis which uses EVA to save grammes.

What’s great about the Marmolada is that it’s still stiff and supportive enough to handle both mountain walking and scrambling on moderate technical stuff. Normally that’d mean an extra 500g or so of mass, but in this case it doesn’t.

Confident all-round grip comes courtesy of the excellent Vibram Mulas S sole unit – Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)

It’s super comfortable on the foot too thanks to a broad, but flattish forefoot and Scarpa’s wrap-around Sock Fit technology – also used in the excellent R-Evo walking boot – that feels like, well, being embraced by a friendly, wrap-around sock. Alpine-stye down-to-toe lacing helps there too giving a confidence-inspiring forefoot hold.

And on the move, the sole’s relative stiffness is compensated for by a pronounced rocker which contributes to an easy rolling stride. Nice.

It’s OutDry Inside

Another bonus with the Marmolada is the use of OutDry’s excellent waterproof technology. A PU membrane is attached directly to the inside surface of the outer boot meaning there’s no void between membrane and outer for water to fill.

The only other boot in the range using OutDry is the new Charmoz OD but it’s a real plus in our view. It’s also a cracking glove addition.

Token wistful atmospheric rear view - Photo: Lukasz Warzecha (lwimages.co.uk)

Scarpa Marmolada Trek Boot | Verdict

A definitive lightweight mountain walking and scrambling boot that combines impressively light weight with enough underfoot stiffness to satisfy those who prefer a more traditional underfoot feel, but without the clumpiness you get from full leather boots.

The fit and comfort is excellent and gives a neat, precise vibe when you’re scrambling. Walking’s fine too thanks to that rocker on the sole, speaking of which, we can’t fault the boot for all-round traction.

If there’s a downside, it’s that the lighter construction using suede and fabric uppers and an EVA mid-sole won’t be as long-term durable as more traditional designs, though ours are lasting fine with moderate to medium use. Finally, OutDry is a big plus in our books.

Note that our boots are an older green colour scheme, current UK models use red suede rathe than green. Still looks great though…

More Information

See scarpa.co.uk

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