I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had trouble finding hiking boots with a mix of comfort and weight that works for fairly heavy duty walking such as off-trail backpacking, fourteener climbs and that sort of thing. The trail is calling now that my knee issue is fading to a distant memory, but what to use? After a bit of searching I’m picking these Scarpa ZG40s. They’re still a little hot due to the Gortex and plastic around the toe area, but they’re much more comfortable than the Charmoz GTX that I used last season. Recommended so far. Long term testing now in progress.
|Scarpa ZG40 are a good bet for heavy duty hiking.|
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.