GEAR REVIEW- TERRA GTX BOOTS

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Why I Love the Terra GTX Boot

It’s hard for me not to drool when looking at the Terra GTX. A classically styled boot featuring a rich brown full-grain leather upper, the Terra GTX is built by the Italian footwear company, Scarpa, which has been making boots for eighty-two years. The Terra GTX encapsulates the spirit of a boot at home hiking in the mountains but is equally at home as a statement of adventures to come in your local coffee shop, or walking gravel roads with your canine companion. At $239.99 the Terra GTX is a great price for the versatility, durability, and comfort that it provides.

Best Uses

Made using full-grain leather and a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane, the Terra GTX are made to hold-out in wet weather. Although this makes them not ideal for hot weather hiking-I have found them to be comfortable for summertime in the mountains and Saskatchewan. They provide enough support for “few day” backpacking trips, but are light enough to wear when you want some extra protection on a rainy-day walk at Cranberry Flats. I have even worn them to work for extra support and with their classic, and as the name suggests, down-to-earth look, I don’t mind wearing them through town long after my hike is over.

Material

The Terra GTX is made in both a men’s and women’s version. Scarpa prides itself in using the best materials, and the Terra GTX boot is no exception. It is made with 2.0mm thick full-grain leather upper, as well as a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane. It utilizes a PU midsole, which provides long lasting support and extra protection for your feet. The outsole is a Vibram rubber outsole also made to last. I bought my boots six years ago and have worn them since for a few backpacking trips, and frequently for daily walks and day-hikes. After applying some leather treatment to the upper, they look almost the same as the day I bought them.

Fit and Feel

Similar to many other Scarpa boots, the Terra GTX fits on the narrower side. I do not consider myself to have a particularly narrow foot, but I like the fit of the Terra GTX because it locks my ankle in well and I still have enough room for my toes. Although a little tight to begin with, the leather upper formed comfortably to my foot after some wear and has given my foot the perfect amount of room. The sole is fairly stiff, but has enough give to allow your foot to move comfortably, and is not so thick that you feel like you are wearing “moon boots”. The Terra GTX sits in a mid-ground weight wise as it is not super-light, but not a heavy mountaineering boot. A removable insole has allowed me to customize the boot with my own orthotics for a fit that better supports my arch. The Terra GTX provides a solid mixture of comfort and security so your feet stay happy wherever you go!

Conclusion

If you are looking for a boot to do a little bit of everything-look no further than the reliable Terra GTX. They have served me well on many day-to-day adventures, as well as on some more extensive ones. I have no doubts that they will continue keep my feet happy for many years to come, but when they do “die”, I won’t hesitate to get another pair.