Not to be dramatic but the Scarpa Women’s Kailash Pro GTX Boots saved my life. It all began in a pair of borrowed boots (thanks sis) on the Scafell Pike descent. Suddenly, my legs started to moan and my toes started to scream. I knew something wasn’t right and when I reached the car park my fears were confirmed. Both my big toes had been squeezed to within an inch of their life and where used to be two beautiful big toenails were two black and gammy toe ends. I vowed to pick up some perfectly fitted boots on my next trip to the shops and low and behold the Scarpa Kailash Boots came into my life before I even had time to say ‘adventure’. Here’s what you need to know.
Appearance & Specs
These boots offer plenty of support and comfort not to mention they have a brilliant blue lining which just peeks out over the top of the shoe by the ankle. Very trendy. As with any shoes, it’s important to test them out before handing over the cash. I tried on at least 6 pairs and although the sales assistants advice was second to none it was my feet singing all three verses of “These Boots Are Made For Walking ” which sealed the deal. If you really want to give them a proper test drive Go Outdoors offers a 1 month outdoor trial period so you can put your boots through their paces.
- Weight: 1200g per pair
- Fastening: Laces
- Technology: Gore-TEX
- Style: Boot Cut
- Lining: Comfort-Flex Insole, like memory foam for your feet.
- Sizing: Purchased 6.5 for size 6 as toes needed extra wiggle room
- Full Price: £200
- Anything Else: Go Outdoors offer price match so I managed to pick these up for £120. Always Google around because £80 is a huge saving.
What Is GORE-TEX?
Gore-TEX Technology is definitely worth having a chat about. It’s a real advantage for any outdoor garment. Gore-TEX technology creates a waterproof yet breathable product. Whilst other fabrics trap sweat, meaning the inside of the product becomes wet, Gore-Tex allows the sweat to escape without letting the outside elements in.
What Scarpa Thinks About The Kailash Pro GTX Hiking Boots
“Kailash Pro is the perfect choice for walkers looking for a traditional style of boot built with modern materials and techniques. Based on Scarpa’s legendary BX last, the Pro versions utilises a rich 1.8mm calf leather, weather protection from Gore-Tex, and a protective rand for added durability. All this sits on top of a Vibram outsole meaning the Kailash Pro is perfectly at home on British fells and hills”
You can read more about the boots on the Scarpa website.
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In my opinion, Scarpa has created perfection. These boots are honestly terribly comfortable. The boot cut at the ankle means that your feet are always well supported and although I haven’t returned to the Scafell Pike descent I’m pretty confident I would have no issues. Waterproof and built to last these boots are the perfect companion for any hiker amateur or not.
Which are your go-to pair of hiking boots?