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Scarpa SL Activ Walking Boots

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Scarpa's definitive 3-4 season hill walking boot, making walks on any rugged terrain easier and more comfortable all year round.

The iconic Scarpa SL Activ Walking Boot has been updated for 2011, to give you even better performance and more comfort.

It incorporates Scarpa’s innovative ActivFit technology, combining four elements; last, sole, ergonomic design and footbed.

ActivFit provides a new level of instant, out-of-the-box comfort and performance.

Their BD last allows for exceptional foot-hold, with enough volume for auto fit foam inserts in the heel area, enabling  instant comfort and all day performance - your foot stays continually supported and secure.

The Performance Flex midsole is reinforced with an additional moulded thermo plastic shank (TPU) and finished with the tough, responsive Vibram outsole.

Ideally suited to hill walking on rugged terrain all year round, the Scarpa SL Active is also compatible with crampons, for shorter summit trips and easy glacier crossings. 

  • Co-cona lining material for maximum moisture transfer and comfort
  • Auto fit foam inserts in heel area provide perfect foot hold and total comfort
  • Performance flex midsole for increased underfoot support 
  • Mini Speed lacing system for incredible cinch
  • Weight: 1720g (pair of size UK 8)

Performance Flex midsole:
A robust nylon midsole giving superb support to the whole foot, with a graded design for perfect balance between longitudinal flex and total lateral support for walking on rough ground or steep hillsides. It requires a short amount of breaking-in, but supports and protects the sole from the tiring effect of walking on hard or rocky surfaces. Boots with this midsole can be used with flexible walking crampons.

Sherpa Leather upper:
A 2.7 mm to 2.9 mm tanned leather. It's extra thickness and durability is perfectly suited to stronger hill and mountain walking boots, where extra support and resistance to scuffing is important. Sherpa leather is treated with the HS12 tanning process making it durable and resistant to scuffing, and stops the leather from wetting out so easily.


Upper Material: Leather
Weight Per Pair (g): 1720
Height: Boot Cut
Insole: Viscoflex Activ Fit with memory foam
Midsole: Performance Flex midsole
Sole Type: Vibram®
Shank: TPU
Toe Protection: Yes
Stiffness: Firm, for mountain walks over rough ground
Boot Grade: B1 - suitable for C1 crampons
Ideal Crampon Rating: C1 - flexible walking crampons
Fastening: Standard Lace Up
Footwear Features: Waterproof
Gender: Mens
Recommended Use: Mountain


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  • 5 out of 5
Scarpa SL Activ, 03 May 2017
By White Mole (Penrith,)
Since I started hill walking and mountaineering in the late 1980s I have owned four pairs of mountain boots, three of them were Scarpas and one was Zamberlans. The new Scarpas are the most comfortable I've had, they are simply wonderful, they feel as if they aren't there! I am hiking in Switzerland for two weeks in July so they'll get well and truly road tested there! W.M. ??

  • 4 out of 5
Pros and cons, 21 December 2016
By Bryan (Isle Of Wight)
Ive had these for just over 3 years now and its soon time to replace them. Their used for between 2 and 12 hours a day, probably averaging about 4. Like many, soon after buying them the inside lining deteriorated, I tried heel grips but gave up and after a few sore spots just go used to them. I found the insole didn't properly match with the inside shoe and my foot would find the gap in lateral movement.

More recently I have exposed them to sea water, the eyelets have not rusted but created a pink reaction which has firstly locked the lace in the eyelets then they have all started to break off. I say pink I wonder if its reacting with the colour in the brown leather treatment, and the salt water. However the locked eyelets that remained have held the shoe in place.

This sounds like a negative review and yes there are problems with the design. But I haven't had a pair of walking boots last this long since Raichle, who are now Mammut. Mammut make a nice boot but 12 months is good for the mid sole to remain in one piece from my last 4 pairs and buyers have moaned to the manufacturer about that for years and they just don't answer my correspondence. Berghaus, in my experience, are normally discovered to not be water proof in the first few months, Brashers are uncomfortable, meindl are an out of the box shoe good for one year if your lucky.
Now I live near sea I wouldn't buy this model again for fear of the eyelets breaking so quickly since moving here, but at the price you pay for premium boots, 3 years is better than expectations from experience over the last decade, They have been mostly comfortable and very supportive throughout. Whilst not exactly waterproof, my feet have never been soaked. I would probably opt for a goretex liner next time, not because goretex is waterproof, in my experience it isn't, but it is a longer lasting liner than whats in these SL Actives.

For others without sea water problems, who are happy to overcome the liner failing, this is a decent buy that should last better than most alternatives.

  • 2 out of 5
Scarpa SL GTX, 25 July 2016
By John Dee
For anybody else thinking of buying boots like this, which admittedly look cool and are fine for the first day, my experience is as follows;

The pulley lace eyes are not necessarily such a good idea for they make differential lacing pressure difficult to achieve. The key thing about lacing is to keep you heel in the back of the boot not sliding forward. These pulley laces mean that additional pressure is inevitably added over the top of the toes. I had to add some dummy laces over the toes to stop this, and only properly laced the top 3. There is also not much volume in the boots for alternative more supportive insoles.

The rubber rand although ostensibly protective of the leather will restrict your feet from expansion or indeed the ability of the leather to become broken in to the shape of your feet in hot conditions.

These two features on any boot (my experience was with these scarpas) I think make the boot only suitable for cold conditions, or only buy them if your feet are already hot and swollen from carrying a 40 lb rucksack for a day.

After a couple of years of these Scarpas being fine after modification for day walks, but useless for anything longer, feels like I’m walking on needles, I have gone for some Alt bergs ( I might have tried the Scarpa Delta but the lacing includes the pulley system.)

  • 2 out of 5
poor liner, 22 November 2015
By Aki (Doncaster)
I bought these boots in April 2015, I've just returned them to Scarpa. I've had the same problem as others it seems. The lining in the heels has worn away after only seven months use. I can't fault the rest of the boots as the quality is excellent. I am awaiting how Scarpa resolve the fault in my boots . If Scarpa listen positively to their Customers suggestions hopefully they will start reinforcing the lining of what could be an outstanding boot.

  • 1 out of 5
Not made to last, 06 August 2015
By Alan K (York)
Bought a pair of these Scarpa SL Activ just over 15 months ago at RRP of £225, within a year the lining material had worn through on both boots at the heel. Go Outdoors kindly sent them back to Scarpa to see what they could do. Scarpa bodged the repair by sticking addtional fabric on the inside of the heel area, see photos on Facebook. This has the effect that the boots are smaller in length and cannot wear two pairs (one liner) of walking socks and the insoles need to trimmed to bed down onto the soles.
I have other pairs of Scarpa boots (Ranger and SL M3) and other makes and never had this problem with any over the last 20 years. I feel sure that this is a product issue !!! I presently have two other pairs of walking boots so these SLs haven't been used for more than half my walks over the last 15 months.

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