If there is one product that defines the 4-season walking boot it is the Scarpa Manta. The Manta remains the same this year as in 2009. The upper is one-piece leather so there is no stitching to break down with hard use. There is a rubber rand around the whole boot for durability year on year. There is a little forward flex in the ankle cuff, so walking is a little easier when the boot is tightened up. The Manta sits lower to the ground than some other boots, which gives it an excellent feel on rock as you can tell where your feet are more easily than with more ‘clumpy’ designs. There is a good aggressive pattern of lugs underfoot to keep a grip when walking on snow and ice. Get the boot on, and it is very comfortable and provides a good walking action. But there is no Gore-Tex lining inside the upper, unlike many other boots. Some may feel this is a drawback as it does mean you have to treat the upper with waterproofing products. The outsole roll is not perhaps quite as good as some boots. Use the Scarpa Manta on snow and it feels great, but on the walk-in the smoother roll of some other boots is a benefit. The weight is a little more than some, as is the price.
Upper reversed crosta leather
Sole Vibram GSB Jorasses, ProFibre midsole
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 37-42 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2110g (pair, size 46)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 65
The Scarpa Manta is an ideal boot for glacier travel, mountaineering and serious winter walking, and it won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010