With so much padding, the Scarpa SL feels extremely comfy at first and this will convince a lot of people, but the standard fitting could prove a little too narrow for some feet. There is a wider option though. The low-cut, flexible ankle suits ordinary walking, but it lacked support on steeper slopes with a crampon. No waterproof lining, but could do with a better rand.
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Verdict: The Scarpa SL is a one-time benchmark 3/4-season boot that works well for year-round hill walking and occasional crampon use, but there are better boots out there for the price.