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Scarpa SLM3 Mens Hiking Backpacking Boots Review

Scarpa SLM3


Description
This classic mountain boot has been redesigned to reflect the latest technology in hiking and backpacking footwear. Made from HS12 treated Sherpa leather for water resistance, durability and support. the SL M3 also has a full Cambrelle lining. The Performance Flex midsole and Vibram Grinta sole ensure excellent support for rough terrain. Available in regular and wide widths.


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Review Date
November 23, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Rob Kraggenhupper ,  Backpacker

Summary:
If you're a big guy then this review is for you... These boots are like Toyota Landcruisers for feet - big, strong, tough, very comfortable, whether over land or through water... only thing is that after a while they also feel as heavy as a Landcruiser. But you get used to that over time and training. I've now completed 50km in one day and hardly noticed the weight (whereas when I first stated hiking in them, they felt like diving boots after about 10km). Grips on rock like a spider to a wall and as far as I can tell, watertight as well (walked through a shallow stream and mud for an hour and nothing got in as far as I can tell). The only downside to them was, for me anyway, the break-in time. I notice some reviewers said they needed no break-in, while I think it was 20-30km (cumulative) before they felt that way.
...NOW, the reason I said this was a review for big guys. I'm one myself - 6'6" (2m) tall, about 120kg and size 15 feet. And these are the perfect boots for big. The boots come in big and wide sizes and will take the extra weight of a pack on top of that. All other shoes and boots I've used for hiking (Asics, Keen, Merrell) barely lasted a few km's before the strain of it all started to tear them apart (splitting in seams and material). Btwn my weight and a large pack and other equipment carried by me, say 150-155kg in total, over some long distances so far (and heavy impacts), these boots look like they'll last decades (even the tread). I can't reccomend these boots enough - even with the minor weak points I mentioned they still are worth 5 stars.
Note - I bought these in Australia in early 2010, Australian dollar.

Customer Service:
Haven't needed them.

Similar Products Used:
Keen, Merrell


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Review Date
April 10, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: moomoocow ,  Day Hiker

Summary:
Awesome boot. Very durable with no break in time. I find them very very grippy and supportive. Tough as nails. To top it off they are a nice looking boot. The workmanship is top notch and I have had no leakages when crossing streams. My feet don't feel fatigue with these boots like with some other boots. I have a narrow heel and a low volume flat as pancake foot. You can't go wrong with these babies.

Customer Service:
n/a yet

Similar Products Used:
Lowa Scout, Lowa Banff, Tecnica Stratus,Chaco Beckwith, Montrail Vercors,Scarpa ? forgot.


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Review Date
June 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: GreatDivide14 ,  Backpacker

Summary:
They were on sale, I needed some manly boots. They fit the bill. They seemed to fit ok-- a bit snug in the forefoot, but I tried and failed to jam my toes while wearing them. After wearing them for a bit, they loosened enough to require careful lacing, and I couldn't get them to stay still without pinching. They're tolerable as long as I keep moving, but if I stand still with them laced snugly enough to avoid blackened toenails, they cut off my circulation. Also, they're the only boots I've EVER gotten a heel blister from. They're nearly indestructible, reliably waterproof, very stiff for great edging on rock, and gorgeous to boot, so to speak, but the fit problems (of which I don't believe I'm the only sufferer) keep me from loving them as much as I might.

Customer Service:
Despite a thin selection, JL Waters is among the finest shops in the Midwest, thanks to its excellent staff.

Similar Products Used:
Tried on a pair of Garmont Broncos, which fit better but weren't on sale.


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Review Date
November 24, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Trevor ,  Snowboarder , from Tasmania, Australia

Summary:
Just thought I'd let everybody know that the SL M3 has been withdrawn from sale in Australia. We now get the new SL upper with the old Grinta soles and it's a brilliant combination. I tried a pair out last summer working on Tasmania's Overland track and they wore very well (about 35% usable tread gone in 6 weeks)

Customer Service:
I've included a rating of 3 so as not to skew the results


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Review Date
June 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: MrBurns ,  Backpacker , from UK

Summary:
These boots are great, they are very comfortable indeed and offer very good ankle support. They seem to be very durable, they are definitely well made, offering good water repellance. If, however, you do manage to get them wet they can take quite some time to dry out. They are not light though and a bit on the big and bulky side if you do any scrambling. Grip is generally very good, they grip well on even loose surfaces. I would agree with previous comments that the grip on wet/slimy smooth rocks is not good, but is it with any boots?


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