Scarpa Super Trek M3
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The Super Trek elevates lightweight footwear into the performance arena and above other lightweight fabric boots of its type. Based on the superb Vibtam/Scarpa M3 sole unit, the upper benefits from Scarpa's 'Comfort Technology', featuring anatomic internal padding, forward flex panels, Mini-speed lacing and E.last hooks. It is fully lined with a Gore-Tex lining and is completed with a performance Flex midsole for excellent under foot support.
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Scarpa Super Trek M3 Reviews
Reviewed by David Gilchrist (Aberdeen) on 2006-01-31:
General comments: I bought these boots 2 years ago after various bad experiences with leather boots and cheaper fabric boots. The leather boots had caused problems with blisters while the Berghaus Fabric boots were comfortable but would last one season at most. Thankfully Berghaus replaced the boots 4 times within their warranty. But for hard wearing and strong boots avoid Berghaus!
The Scarpa Super Treks have been excellent - both comfortable and hardwearing. As they are fabric they don't need broken in and so I have never blistered in them. I've climbed over 100 Munros in these boots and they appear to be in a reasonable condition and are still waterproof. After the experiences with the Berghaus boots, I've taken great care with the Scarpas by cleaning them after almost every walk and I think that has help their longevity. Also I have made sure no grit or dirt is inside the boot as this will easily puncture the lining.
These are probably the toughest fabric boots you can buy and from my experiences you can wear them for almost the whole Scottish year. The ankle is very supportive and yet doesn't cause me any pain, which is a common problem for me with other stiff boots. However, I have recently bought a pair of Scarpa Manta's to accommodate crampons. Unless the conditions required the use of crampons I would still choose the Super Treks over the Mantas due to their amazing comfort and lower weight. Based on the experience from these two Scarpa boots I am sure I will never buy boots from another manufacturer again.
Overall, these are durable and supportive boots which thus far have proved that fabric boots can last about as long as a leather boots.
Pros: Hardwearing, comfortable, and lighter than leather boots
Cons: Maybe a bit expensive for a fabric boot but you get what you pay for
Reviewed by Simon Harry (Inverness) on 2006-02-02:
General comments: great fit, very stable, lightweight (for a full-on fabric boot), not sure about theme being labled as a 4 season fabric boot though.
Pros: Quality, longevity (i use them for work every day), still waterproof
Cons: fit, although great now took a while to break in - i have wide feet and Scarpa fit is quite narrow. cost
Reviewed by D.ten (s.wales) on 2006-02-08:
General comments: These boots were given to me by work as i spend alot of time 'in the great outdoors'. i was somewhat sceptical about the tag of them being a 4 season boot but i am suprised by their performance. the sole unit is a vibram M3 with a performance flex midsole - this provides a fair amount of stiffness for a mostly fabric boot - the uppers consist of Cordura and Suede with a Gore-Tex Lining. I now proof these boot with Nikwax liquid or grangers spray to keep them in tip top condition. there is a good rand around the toe are and very good padding around the ankle. I take a size 12 boot which usually means they are very heavy, but these are quite light which i like. i think that the boot will suffer the usual wear and tear common to all fabric boots in that they will not last as long as their leather counterparts.
the fit is typical scarpa/european which means they are quite narrow. They did take some breaking in with blisters showing around the heel and small toe. After this though they feel fine. recommended if you are after quite a sturdy fabric boot that will cope with the demands of most hill walkers
Pros: scarpa are one of the best boot companies in the world..quality, crampon compatable.
Cons: wouldnt like to try them with crampons on
Reviewed by Banjo Jimbo (New Forest) on 2006-02-21:
General comments: A great summer boot, which is also suitable for those winter days whee you dont think its going to get really epic. I got these boots for a trip to Yosemite National Park in America, as I wanted a boot that would do as much as possible- namely be a good trail boot- which this is, being light and comfy while offering a good level of support, and also being tough enough for some ascents, (they coped with a snow / ice capped Half Dome admirably). They were comfy enough to wear on the plane, giving much needed space in the rucksack. Care for these boots is easy, a good clean and waterproofing after getting them absolutely stinking is easy enough to do. I've had these boots now 3 years and they are still waterproof and a favorite for 3 season day hikes. I go for the Mantas when the conditions require however.
I only used them with crampons once or twice, and I'm not sure Id advise buying these as your only winter boot, but they are plenty stiff enough for most non crampons winter walking. They have all the usual quality associated with Scarpa. They fit well, and despite taking them virtually new to the states, I suffered no blisters or wearing. I did find the laces came undone a bit easily though.
Pros: The fact that they are so versatile.
Cons: None really, a great boot.
Reviewed by Ben.D (Aberystwyth) on 2006-02-27:
General comments: I have used these boots year round for the last three years. They have been great and have seen me up o the summit of Mt Kinabalu in what was Borneo in addition to numerous Munros and the Pembrokeshire coast path. I have found these boots a good alternative to my leather affairs as they offer a lighter alternative but without the drawback lightweight fabric boots have. The sole unit is stiff, stiff enough to take my Yeti gaiters that fit very well without the boot giving too much flex. The Gore-tex lining keep water at bay and are still going strong, I have two pair of gore-tex lined boots and have found that there has been no degradation in the waterproof ness over time. There is a nice rand which covers some of the toe area which gives some protection against scuffing, The uppers are a mix of codura and leather and are very tough and has the addition of internal padding which aids comfort and I have found reduces fatigue on long walks. The lacing system is scarpas speed lacing, which holds the lace very well and allows good fitting of the boot. As this boot is fairly stiff I did experience some blister during the initial breaking in period, something my other fabric boots did not do. I have yet to use these with crampons as I have other boots for that job but if you are after a tough fabric boot this must be one of your choices, although look at the ZG series for something a little lighter.
Pros: good italian quality boot, good sole unit and uppers
Cons: did experience some blistering initially and they can be quite hot in the summer months
Reviewed by Joe OKeeffe (Leeds) on 2007-03-03:
General comments: I bought a pair of Super Trek M3 a year ago now reduced to £90, and thus far they are proveing to be a good bootthey are showing no wear, and are comfortable, being fabric,The sole is nice being rigid giving good confidence when walking, they have not let any water in at all, although i have heard of a pair leaking, but good maintinence is key. for the use of crampons i have heard the leather m3s are more apropriate, but for basic conditions they are ok as they flex.
Pros: comfortable and tough
Cons: crampon compatability