The moment we leave the trailhead we set a pace. It changes as we go up, as we go down, how far we venture, and for how long. It pays to have the proper shoes working in concert with whatever pace we set. With backpacking season coming into full stride this coming August and September SCARPA gives a welcomed nod to their streamlined utility light hiker, the Moraine Mid GTX.
A deft synthetic boot that’s light and nimble for an hour-long outing, but built intelligibly to handle the rigors of a week-long backcountry march, the Moraine Mid GTX is SCARPA’s sophisticated interpretation stealth and strength.
Because backcountry travel is more than just hiking, the svelte packaging of the Moraine comes into play. At less than a pound a boot, the Moraine Mid GTX is light on the feet and easy on the mind. The ¾ high design shields the ankles for technical hiking, and gives additional support without compromising articulation. The suede uppers are abrasion-resistant and the lacing system anchors the instep snugly for superior maneuverability. The heel pocket minimizes slop, hot spots and potential blisters. Think sturdy for long hours on the trail, but comfy for the duration of the day around the campsite.
Other protective measures include a compression molded mid sole and structured toebox with a thin abrasion-resistant rand to further protect your feet from rocks or the event of a misstep.
Closer yet to the ground, rounded lugs on the sole offer stability on uneven trails, but also shed mud that’s commonly associated with unnecessary weight caused by dirt clogged treads (with more aggressive edges). For wetter or potentially chillier temps, the Gore lining keeps feet dry and warm in the event of an unwelcomed blanket of snow that welcomes your awakening in those late fall mornings.
Whatever the pace, SCARPA wants you to stride with confidence each step of the way.