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Scarpa Ranger 2 GTX Active Review

The Scarpa Rangers have all the things that you could ever want or need in a pair of hiking boots. They’re simple, high-functioning and incredibly well-made boots.

It’s perhaps because of their mix of simplicity and robustness that I like them so much, alongside the fact that they really look the part (if you’re a bit of a traditionalist). There’s been no skimping on any of the individual components and everything from the laces to the insole are top-notch.

These boots are great for medium to high intensity hiking. They don’t offer quite the same support and protection as, say, the Burmas but they’ll hold up in pretty much any kind of environment you use them in.

PriceWeight (Pair)MaterialBest For
£150Approx: 1500 gCalf LeatherMedium Intensity Hiking

Technical Specs

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Upper: Calf Leather & Gore-Tex

Insole: “Viscoflex Activ Fit” (Very well-cushioned with memory foam.)

Midsole: “Hi-Flex” ( Made from either polypropelene, nylon or texon according to Scarpa. It”s a hard(er) material with medium flex.)

Outsole: Vibram

Positives

There was an immediate feeling of comfort when putting these boots on for the first time. Scarpa has used a new last, “BD Last,” which supposedly results in much more cushioning all over the interior of the footwear. It’s definitely noticeable.

The sole is thick, with big rubber lugs and good traction, without being overly stiff. Another feature that really turned me on to these boots is the smoothness of the inside back wall. I’m prone to blisters and this is always something I look out for. If you struggle with slipping or blisters then do give these  go.

Negatives

They’re advertised all over the place as boots for light hiking and trail-only walks. It’s my opinion, however, that they would be equally at home on a demanding trek. The only downside, depending on your preference, is the relatively low-cut of the boot. They do offer some support and cushioning to prevent excessive movement just above your foot but not as much as, say, the Burmas. Having said all that, it is important to remember that they’re not necessarily designed to be high-level backpacking boots. Whilst a thicker sole would be needed for extended periods of mountain hiking (both for support and protection) the one provided is very sound.

In short, I would highly recommend the Scarpa Rangers. They look and feel like proper hiking boots and are definitely my overall favourites.

Best Bits

Incredible comfort, well-fitting design, all-round “nice” feel.

Worst Bits

Could offer more ankle support, not as rugged as some really hardcore boots (although I do think that these could hold their own on a difficult trip with harsh terrain) and at approx. 789 grams each they’re not the lightest boots in the world. Having said that, in regards to the first two points it’s worth mentioning that they’re not designed to be “really hardcore boots” so take that criticism with a pinch of salt.

Price

These retail at around £150. The price is slightly lower than some of the hardier competitors but, as an investment, these will provide a comfortable and problem-free walking experience.

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