Scarpa Manta Pro GTX £320

■ Me■’s 40-50 ■ Wome■’s 36-42 ■ Weight 2074g (size 46)

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IT'S GOOD

The Manta Pro de­fines the 4-sea­son moun­tain walk­ing boot cat­e­gory, and while it re­mains un­changed it is still the best op­tion if you can stretch your bud­get. Built around a leather up­per with syn­thetic over­lays and Gore-Tex wa­ter­proof­ness, the up­per is sup­port­ive, with ex­tra dura­bil­ity com­ing from a full rub­ber rand. The an­kle cuff is slightly more com­fort­able than other boots. It pro­vides great sup­port and also flexes for­ward par­tic­u­larly smoothly for com­fort­able walk­ing. The out­sole is a Vi­bram unit with deep, well-spaced lugs and a good heel breast, and it also rolls rea­son­ably well from heel to toe when walk­ing. A nice ben­e­fit is that the fore­foot and toe ar­eas are slightly wider than oth­ers, but still af­ford a pre­cise feel for scram­bling over rocks.

HOW­EVER

If you need a boot mainly for moun­taineer­ing then a more ded­i­cated de­sign would be bet­ter, ow­ing to those boots hav­ing a nar­rower toe and there­fore an even more pre­cise feel. It would be nice if this was a lit­tle lighter, but on the foot it ac­tu­ally feels lighter than some other boots that do weigh less, and this is due to the care­ful de­sign that works so well with the foot. A boot with fewer over­lays might be more durable for those of you that re­ally ham­mer your kit. But the main draw­back is the price, so if you aren’t a reg­u­lar win­ter walker then a lower-priced boot will no doubt suf­fice.

VER­DICT

Sets the stan­dard for reg­u­lar walks and scram­bles over British moun­tains in win­ter, but oth­ers have ben­e­fits for climbers or less reg­u­lar hill­go­ers.

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