Scarpa Charmoz GTX Boots
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The Scarpa Charmoz GTX is a very popular boot and rightly so. The Charmoz has two massive strengths - versatility and weight. The boot is suited to a plethora of different activities - alpine routes, winter walking, via ferrata and even scrambling.
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Scarpa Charmoz GTX Boots Reviews
Reviewed by Matt (UK) on 2009-03-08:
General comments: If you want to relive the heyday of glam rock, check out the Scarpa Charmoz boots. A seventies-tastic flash of electric blue and sonic silver left me feeling all Ziggy Stardust as I set off towards the Cuillin Ridge. On the walk-in, their thin soles and light weight made me feel much more sensitive to the rocks underfoot. So I found myself thinking harder about foot placement and wasting less energy. Then, once on rock, the flat climbing zone at the front of the sole cam into its own. The Cioch Slab is a Diff, and these boots cruised through the route. Until recently, I've done all my scrambling in 3 season boots, switching to climbing boots on tougher pitches. With boots like the Scarpa Charmoz GTX, you can breeze through Alpine routes, via ferratas, scrambles and on to entry-level climbs.
Pros: Good feel. Very light. Versatile.
Reviewed by Ed (UK) on 2009-10-18:
General comments: Bought a pair after my 10 year old La Sportiva Makalu's finally gave up the ghost. These Charmoz are a different league for 2 main reasons: weight and support. I've just come back from a weekend in Snowdonia which included the Snowdon Horseshoe and the High Crynedds, and they were a joy to wear out the box. During the corssing of Crib Goch they inspired confidence (always a good thing!) and gave great confidence on some some scrambles of reasonable exposure. My socks even survived a trip through a bog due to their goretex lining. All in all these boots are far more capable than I am and i can't recommend them enough.
Reviewed by Al Barnard (Nairn) on 2011-02-25:
General comments: Wonderful alpine boot. Needed no breaking in.
Pros: Comfort. Weight. Support. Good on Alpine ground, Scottish winter climbs, Summer climbing on Skye etc.
Cons: Wearing thin on the sole after 7months use. Material on sides getting scuffed. Smell a bit (or is it just my feet??)
Reviewed by Kelvyn James (Lake District) on 2014-01-08:
General comments: I've always been a Sportiva fan - but in 2012 I ran 1500 miles for charity and it kinda changed the shape of my feet. After much trying on I'm now in the Scarpa Charmoz's - & I'm a very happy bunny.
As said by other this is a very light boot - especially for one that offers such precise tight control. I've found that the lacing system allows for a lot of tightening when it comes time to climb, but the walks in and out can be left as a fairly loose fit without any real sense of foot movement.
I've not always been convinced by fabric boots - but after nearly 12 months of fairly heavy use these boots are still keeping my feet dry (they do get re-proofed every month).
I was told when I bought them that Scarpa deliberately ship their boots with a very basic footbed - and your supposed to buy a better one to maximise the fitting. Initially I thought this was a bit of a con - but its paid off in full & in fact is how I;'ll aim to fit all boots in future.