I hate reviews written by people who have never used the product, I always feel that a good review is one created by someone who has used the product for months and knows its strengths and weaknesses.
I’ve owned Scarpa Mescalito TRK boots for one year and have clocked about a hundred miles on variable terrain.
This is my honest review.
- Lightweight – Surprisingly light, considering how sturdy they are.
- Durable – No issues so far, after one hundred miles.
- Firmish sole – Not to everyone’s taste, but it’s great for mixed terrain and feels secure in muddy conditions.
- Laces to the toe (nearly) – These provide a solid secure fitting all the way to the toe.
- Great for edging.
- Break-in period – It took a couple of hikes for me to break them in with a couple of small blisters developing on the way.
- Firm sole – While great for trekking in mud and on mixed terrain, they don’t smear as well on rock as floppy soles.
- The price.
Who Are These Boots For?
The Scarpa Mescalito TRK is a three-season boot designed for long-distance hiking and trekking across variable terrain.
It isn’t a pure scrambling or climbing boot but takes features you’ll find on climbing footwear, such as to-the-toe laces for a secure fit and a rand for protection from sharp rocks.
The sole and midsection are fairly firm, so it’s perfect for longer distances where the user may require extra support without compromising comfort.
Breaking In Period
It took a couple of trips for me to break in the boots; they aren’t as flexible as most of my summer boots, and I did get a couple of small blisters at first, but after two hikes, they bedded in nicely.
I’m a size 11 and usually go up half a size, but I went with an 11, and I found them a perfect fit.
While only a 3-season trekking boot, they are certainly firm enough to accommodate a C1 crampon or microspikes for walking, although I wouldn’t want to do any serious climbing in these with crampons attached.
These Scarpa Mescalito TRK boots are designed for long-distance trekking on mixed terrain, so they have lugs that suit most conditions.
If you’re using them on a long backpacking trip or wild camping trek on hilly or rocky walking routes, you’ll find the traction excellent. The firm sole and lugs mean they probably aren’t the best option for difficult scrambles (grade 3+) or rock climbing, where a softer, more flexible sole may help with traction.
I had no issues with traction on hiking and grade 1 scrambling routes in Snowdonia and I tested them on some very popular routes up Snowdon, in the Carneddau and on muddy towpaths and also some routes in the Surrey Hills.
I’m one year in, and as you can see from the photos on this page, there are no issues so far.
Nothing has torn, snapped or worn away, and the boots feel as though they have many hundreds of miles left in them.
During my hundred miles of testing, I found the Scarpa Mescalito TRK boots very stable around the lower ankle area; the material here is firm and fairly rigid with only limited flex.
The upper ankle area offers more flex but can be tightened via the laces and the three metal hooks.
Overall, I would describe this boot as offering plenty of stability and firmness, mostly due to the thick sole and semi-rigid materials used in the lower ankle area.
The heel is deep and acts as a solid brake. The lugs aren’t overly deep but offer decent traction on most surfaces
Protection From The Elements
Protection from the elements comes in three forms:
1) The rand is generous, especially to the side and rear and offers extra protection from sharp objects and has additional reinforcement in the toe box. I’ve had no issues with scree or sharp rocks, and so far, it’s doing its job well.
2) This boot comes with Goretex, which is a waterproof liner sewn into the boot. So far, it’s kept the water out, although I know from experience that Goretex doesn’t last forever and usually fails between years one and two.
3) The tongue is gusseted and this helps to keep out stones, mud and water but is stretchy and soft so doesn’t impede comfort.
The tongue is long and sewn to the collar of the boot to keep out stones
The laces on the Scarpa Mescalito TRK are the thicker type and are held in place by three metal hooks at the top, three metal ties at the centre and two metal rings and the toe end.
So far, the laces have held firm and after one hundred miles, there are no issues to report. All of the metal hooks and ties are still in excellent condition.
The laces on this boot do a great job of securing my feet in the boots, the laces go close to the toes to provide a snug, secure fitting.
The laces go very close to the toe and I found my feet were always snig with little movement in the boot
These boots are resoleable.
- Best For: Hiking, fell and hill walking. Also paths and mountain walks. Less effective on scrambles and climbing terrain.
- Purpose: The Scarpa Mescalito TRK is a crossover between a general hiking boot and an approach shoe. It has a rand and soft lugs for extra grip but is firm and offers a secure fitting.
- GORE-TEX® Membrane: This boot features a GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort lining that provides waterproof protection while allowing moisture vapour to escape, ensuring your feet remain dry in varied conditions.
- Upper Material: Suede 1.8mm.
- Sole: Vibram XS TREK EVO.
- Crampon Compatibility: While they are primarily designed for three-season trekking, these boots are firm enough to take C1 crampons and microspikes.
- Weight: Being a hybrid boot, the Scarpa Mescalito GTX maintains a relatively lightweight design, making it less cumbersome during longer treks or climbs.
Overall, I recommend these boots for general hiking, hill walking, and traversing across variable terrain.
There are only two things I dislike about them:
1) The lugs are quite shallow for a general hiking footwear. They’re acceptable but could be deeper.
2) The sole and lower ankle area is quite firm and I prefer more flexible footwear for the summer, as I mostly go scrambling on rock where a flexible sole is best for smearing and comfort.
These aren’t major complaints, just issues specific to me and what I use mountain boots for.
Where I Tested These Boots
Before I wrote this review, I wore the Scarpa Mescalito TRK GTX boots for over one hundred miles.
Here’s where I wore them:
- The Pyg Track up Snowdon in Wales (hard mountain walk).
- Glyderau Horseshoe in Wales (grade 1 scrambling and hard mountain walking route)
- Basingstoke Canal (flat but often muddy path).
- Leith Hill in the Surrey Hills (hill walk).
- Various routes in the Chilterns (hill walks).
About Daniel Woodley
This review of Scarpa’s Mescalito TRK GTX boots was created by Daniel Woodley, aka The Bald Scrambler.
From walking along beaches and kayaking down rivers to making his way up mountains and even jumping out of planes, Daniel has a love of the outdoors, but scrambling is his real passion.
Daniel Woodley aka The Bald Scrambler