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Review: SCARPA Zodiac Plus GTX Boots

The Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX boots are the beautiful offspring of a lightweight hiking boot and a mountaineering boot. They can handle any degree of technical hiking and scrambling in the summer, and they can take strap-on crampons for shoulder season and some winter hiking. Durable and very waterproof, these boots are fantastic, but they run very hot, and have a very stiff sole that takes even a few months to fully break in. Review I was in search of a hiking boot that was serious enough to use in the winter (with crampons) but also light and comfortable enough to use on summer hikes. I settled on the SCARPA Zodiac Plus GTX boots, which Scarpa advertises as for when a hiking boot or approach shoe is too little but a mountaineering boot is too much - and that's exactly what they are. They are well-built and very solid boots, with a stiff, grippy sole that is surprisingly good for both small footholds and smearing against rock. The Zodiac boots are very waterproof - in snow, rain, pud

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