Scarpa Men's Kailash GTX

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Scarpa Kailash GTX
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The award-winning Scarpa Kailash GTX Hiking Boot is back again with a revamped build and a vengeance for tearing up any trail. A brand new sole package highlights this model as it beefs up support and structure so that you are able to handle whatever your trek throws at you. Bi-directional ankle flex is yet another feature that is focused on fueling your adventure. It provides unparalleled mobility while never sacrificing stability. Confidence is yours thanks to the excellent volume control provided by the easily tensioned lacing system. Big loads and technical terrain are never an issue when the Kailash is on the job. Even the most stubborn trails are no match for Scarpa’s stunning boot as it rocks a protective toe rand that guards against stubs of all kinds. Performance Comfort Gore-Tex cranks up the overall ability of this boot to deliver flawless functionality no matter where you choose to hike. Backed by the power of a Vibram sole, the Scarpa Kailash GTX Hiking Boot is stacked with quality and fully prepared to take you anywhere and everywhere.


  • Extended Comfort Gore-Tex offers protection with maximum breathability

Weather and Wind:

  • Performance Comfort Gore-Tex® to keep your feet dry

Traction and Grip:

  • Vibram® sole for excellent traction and durability


  • Bi-directional ankle flex
  • Protective toe rand
  • Super shock-absorbing Vibram Hi-Trail Lite sole
  • Easily tensioned lacing system
The Scarpa Men's Kailash GTX Hiking Boot provides the durability of a suede upper and the waterproof breathable performance of Gore-Tex. A Vibram Hi-Trail Lite sole creates all the traction you need for anything from scree to dirt to mud, and it lasts for years and years of trail time. Scarpa added a protective rubber toe cap to this midweight boot, so you don't go wearing it out before its time. The Kailash GTX Hiking Boot supports your ankles well enough for a weeklong trip yet remains light enough for day hikes.
Ideal for trail hiking, rugged day hikes and general trail abuse, the SCARPA Kailash GTX medium-weight boot offers maximum comfort for all your adventures. The suede and nylon upper of this men's athletic boot boasts a 100% waterproof GORE-TEX XCR lining that offers dependable protection from the elements. A supportive Comfort-Flex footbed delivers cushioned comfort. Padding in the collar protects and cushions your ankles, as the synthetic midsole and nylon shank provide stability. An anatomically shaped heel with external support and a reinforced toe box ensure added protection Part of the Zero Gravity Comfort collection, the Vibram Hi-Trail Lite rubber outsole of the SCARPA Kailash GTX outdoor boot climbs effectively, and provides superior shock absorption whether on-trail or off.

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Scarpa's Kailash GTX Hiking Boot is an award winning backpacking boot that takes trail comfort to a whole new level.


This year’s version of the award-winning Kailash GTX hiking boots features a new midsole and sole package for added structure and support. Other highlights in this boot include bi-directional ankle flex construction, which provides excellent mobility without sacrificing stability. The forefoot has easily tensioned lacing that offers superior volume control and confidence for bearing big loads and moving over technical terrain.


The Kailash GTX is ideal for trail hiking, rugged day hikes, and regular abuse.
A medium-weight boot with maximum comfort.
Suede upper.
Gore-Tex® lining.
Comfort-Flex midsole.
Vibram® Hi-Trail Lite sole.
BX last.
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Ideal for trail hiking, rugged day hikes, and regular abuse, this medium- weight boot offers maximum comfort.

Bi-directional ankle flex.
Extended Comfort Gore-Tex.
Shock absorbing midsole!
Toe rand.
Vibram® Hi-Trail Lite sole

•Upper: Suede.
•Lining: Gore-Tex® – Performance Comfort.
•Insole: Comfort-Flex.
•Midsole: PU/EVA
•Sole: Vibram®Hi-Trail Lite.
•Last: BX
•Sizes: 38 - 47, 48 (half sizes)
•Weight: 630g; 1lbs 6oz

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Also available for: Women
Awards:Past Award Winners
Circumference:14 in
Country Of Origin:Eastern Europe
Crampon Compatibility:no
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Heel Height:1 1⁄2 in
Liner:Gore-Tex® – Performance Comfort
Lining:Gore-Tex® – Performance Comfort
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Mid Sole:Polyurethane
Outsole:Vibram Hi-Trail Lite
Platform Height:3⁄4 in
Removable Liner:no
Shaft:6 in
Shoe Lining:Gore-Tex® – Performance Comfor
Shoe Sole:Sole: Vibram Hi-Trail Lite
Shoe Stability:Stability
Shoe Upper:Suede
Sizes:38 - 47, 48 (half sizes)
Sizing Scale:M
Sole:Vibram® Hi-Trail Lite
Upper:Suede & Nylon
Waterproof:Waterproof Gore-Tex insert
Weight:630g; 1lb 6oz (1/2 pair size 42)
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Scarpa Kailash GTX Reviews:


I'm getting ready for a Colorado backpack trip and needed some new hiking boots/shoes. I've found Backpacker magazine reviews are always helpful and I took 3 of their recommended shoes to the test: Hi-Tec V-Lite Mach 2, Scarpa Kailash GTX, and Kayland Zephyr. The Hi-Tec shoes were noticeably of lesser quality construction, however, they are cheaper in price than the Scarpa and Kayland. I didn't really like the lacing system. It was hard to make good adjustments on the upper and lower part of the boot independently. My foot is somewhat narrow to medium volume and I found it too big for my foot. I think the boot is better for medium to higher volume feet. The shoe insole/insert is nothing to speak of as it is somewhat thin. I would recommend an aftermarket. I also don't think the boot would be good for carrying more than a 35 pound pack. The soles were also not as sturdy or grippy as the other two boots. It was a much harder choice between the Scarpa and Kayland. I liked the color of the Scarpa as well as the actual shoe lace construction. The insoles are about the same as the Hi-Tec so I would recommend an aftermarket replacement. You can wear these boots comfortably right out of the box due to their partial suede construction. The soles will support comfortably a 40 pound pack, however, they aren't as grippy as the Kayland, not to say the Scarpa traction is not good. It just was slightly lesser than the Kayland. The lower eye-let construction was somewhat of a concern for me. I'm not sure if over time, the ends of the eyelets could break off as they have a pivot to them. Both the Kayland and Scarpa weigh pretty much the same when I weighed them on my scale...1 pound 6 oz per boot. What I liked about the Kayland is the stiffer sole, including its gripping power. It has more gripping points than the Scarpa. The polyurethane skeleton gives the shoe more durability and stability, though it's noticeably a little tighter around the mid-foot than the Scarpa (due to the its suede construction). I feel confident to say the Kayland can support a 50 pound pack weight. The lacing system and eyelets are great as they are linked to the exoskeleton and allow you to easily suck in or loosen the fore foot area to expand its width. I also thought the ankle support is better than the Scarpa. The Scarpa ankle support area flexes easily due to the suede construction. The insoles are a higher quality than the Scarpa. I wouldn't recommend changing them out until you have enough mileage to justify the cost of a replacement. Right now, it's hard to find the Kayland or the Scarpa on the internet. These two boots are definitely of great quality and construction. You decide. Order them both and wear them around your house. I tried them on each evening for about a week before I finally made enough mental notes to reach a final decision.
Vascalercio - customer at on 07/22/2009

These boots are waterproof, insulated, rugged, and have great support for carrying heavy packs. I usually don't carry more than 50lbs with these on, but I've carried 75 without any issue. The vibram sole is grippy. I could prob climb a 5.5. Great for loose rocky terrain. The insulation will sweat your feet out in temps over 70-75 degrees. In temps below 20 degrees you've really gotta keep your feet moving to keep your toes warm. In between those temps, they rock! They dry pretty fast too, which is good because they don't really vent. They are pretty short, so walking through deep water isn't really an option, but I've been rock hopping streams with dry feet all they way. I've put a lot of miles on them and they don't show it. Really sick looking boot. I wear them out all the time. When I see someone else wearing Scarpas, I assume that they are hardcore adventurers that expect a lot from their gear and put particular demands on every piece. I initially got them to wear in that mountains in Afghanistan, but I've since worn them tons of other places on more recreationally oriented trips. Never disappoint. I'm no author, so I really can't express just how great these are, but I am sold on Scarpa boots for life. Now I just need to find a good pair for summer hiking. Any recommendations?

J Miles at on 12/15/2013

I did my research on these prior to buying for my vacation to Yosemite this December. From the reviews on here I read endless reports of no blisters and out of the box comfort which from my use has been proven absolutely true. So far they have been to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Zion National Park as well as up to Desolation Lake here in Utah. These boots have been absolutely awesome right out of the box and their vibram soles stick to everything. Granite, sandstone, scree, ice, wet trees you name it and they remain dry and waterproof while crossing streams or running through powder for 4 hrs.
The reviews on backcountry made me confident in my purchase as well as reading the review of the boots done by gear scout for military times. So far I am completely sold on the boots and have possibly convinced my dad to scrap his tread less Keens klogs for these.
As far as sizing goes, I wear a 10.5 with a normal arch so I chose the 44.5 since I wear smartwool hikers, they fit perfect and give me just a little bit of extra space in the toe box that helps.
hope this review helps you make the right choice for footwear.

bacp436032 at on 12/26/2013

Scored a pair on the cheap via SAC (last year's color?), a phenomenal buy. Stupid cheap...
Anyway, size seems pretty true, I normally wear a 45.5 in Scarpa's Italian built boots as they seem to reliably run a tad small. In these Romanian built boots, a 45 would fit fine (which is my normal shoe size) with a lighter summer sock. Toe box seems wider than the Italian built boots too, very roomy by comparison. Extremely comfortable right out of the box and required zero break in miles. Just laced & went with no troubles. Insoles are not the greatest, but a bit improved over previously encountered ones from Scarpa - will slide some Superfeet inserts in there soon.
Sole is not as grippy as my old Scarpa Mustangs for scrambling around on the trails I frequent, but they do clear mud nicely. Lacing is the usual easy Scarpa goodness, works great and ties off with ease. Laces seem okay, not as stretchy as previous boots - held their tension without fuss.
All that said, the boots seem very comfy & capable just like the numerous reviews I read about this particular boot.
I dig 'em and hope they wear as well as my Mustangs did over the years.

Drewmon at on 07/24/2013

Coming from a full leather Vasque Summit GTX i cant say enough about the kailish. Obviously its going to have the Scarpa quality the world has come to know, but i would have never thought they would be so comfy. I would say they compare to asolo in quality. They broke in very easily, really just took one hike up chimney tops in gsmnp to break them in. We did eatern half of AT in GSMNP and mt leconte in the snow and ice and my feet stayed dry and mostly warm other than sitting around shelter at night. The boots worked great with katoohla microspikes. This is a picture at icewater springs shelter with the microspikes on. Overall awesome boot and will diffidently buy another pair when these bite the dust.

The Black Rabbit at on 04/28/2013

I bought these boots after much research for a backcountry bow hunt in the Mt Zirkel wilderness of Colorado. It didn't hurt that I got them on sale at for $135.00 ! I suppose I've put about 100 miles of steep rugged terrain on these boots since July of 2013. Many miles with full gear packs and there are not many "trails" in high country bowhunting!
These boots performed flawlessly! Very comfortable, lite ,dry (on the inside) and they grip exceptionally well on wet logs and rocks. I was surprised by the grip! No worries about blisters! The only small detractor would be that there is not a lot of ventilation during warm weather.
I did replace the insole w/ a pair of super feet greens...

Bill P at on 09/14/2013

I committed an unforgiveable act in hiking and purchased these boots on my way to the trail for a wet winter hike. I put eight miles on them the first day over semi challenging terrain with no hotspots or blisters. Since purchasing these boots I have been all over the southwest to include the grand canyon. They perform their best when its cool to cold out like all goretex boots. I have only re-treated the outside once in 3 years and still no leaks. The boot fit has been true to size and it is very stable over rocky terrain. Overall a great boot!

Levie125 at on 07/05/2013
I needed a new boot for work and previously had a heavy steel toe boot which was pretty worn out. Luckily the steel toe requirement isn't there anymore and I could venture out and get a hiking boot (which is what I would normally like to wear). I saw a lot of great reviews on this boot and decided to give them a shot. One word: Awesome. These boots are the real deal. They fit great, the laces snug them right to your foot nicely, there is great tread, and they keep your foot pretty warm and DRY. Highly recommended.
Jared M - customer at on 01/13/2011

These boots are awesome. By that, I mean they're stiff, light, good grip, and they look awesome. The one drawback is that they run a little narrow. I didn't realize that right away because it was only at the end of the day that my feet would start to hurt, or when wearing super-thick socks for extra warmth. Tried stretching them with a professional shoe stretcher but they're so rugged it didn't work. My solution was to buy a second pair in wide. They're that good. Only pair of shoes I've ever needed in wide - buyer beware.

Anonymous at on 11/29/2013

I bought these boots for my Dad's 60th birthday - and can I just say how stoked he was! Lets just put it this way, for now I am the favorite daughter :) They look perfect - extremely well made, they totally lived up to Scarpa's standard of excellence, besides they are made in Italy, and those Italians know footwear. Fit was perfect right out of the box. I will let you know what kind of mountain stomping action my silver haired dad gets into once they get some mileage. Until then they are a crowd pleaser.

Laura Ashby at on 10/16/2012