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There’s nothing that can spoil a mountain hunt sooner than having the wrong boots. And, questioning your choice of boots on a hunt should be the last thing on your mind. Boots are the most essential piece of equipment in your kit. For mountain hunting in steep vertical terrain, there are 5 key elements you need to consider.

5 KEY ELEMENTS

FIT:

Improper sizing of your footwear can lead to hotspots, blisters or worse. It’s better to be slightly too large than slightly too small. With KUIU/SCARPA boots, we recommend ordering a half size larger than your normal shoe size. If you’re between sizes, go up one full size. All boot sizes fit an average foot width.

WEIGHT:

The lighter the boot, the less energy you’ll burn on every step of the climb. The old backing rule-of-thumb is one pound on your feet equals five pounds on your back.

WATERPROOF:

Not all waterproof membranes are created equal. KUIU/SCARPA boots feature an HDry® waterproof membrane that’s laminated to the boot’s upper, ensuring protection from creek crossings, wet vegetation, saturated ground, and precipitation.

MATERIALS:

Full synthetic construction will absorb less moisture and dry quickly while remaining lighter weight and more breathable than traditional all-leather boot materials.

STIFFNESS:

Boots with a mountaineering stiffness only flex at toe and pivot at the ankle to give you more control and support while front-point climbing, side-hilling, and gaining purchase on steep and vertical terrain.

SCARPA Rebel K 8 HD

Built with the optimized stiffness and sole to take on the steepest hunts, the SCARPA Rebel K 8 HD features a comfortable Sock-Fit XT® tongue that offers a consistent fit while trimming excess weight. The one-piece HDry® waterproof-breathable membrane is laminated to the inside of the boot’s synthetic upper, leaving no seams or gaps for moisture to penetrate or collect.

  1. Weight: 3 lb 3.4 oz | 1460 gm (pair, US 9)
  2. HDry® waterproof-breathable direct laminated membrane with 37.5® Technology lining
  3. Sock-fit XT construction for reduced bulk and enhanced fit
  4. Quick dry synthetic upper with Super Fabric® side panels for durability
  5. Vibram outsole offers maximum support and torsional stability
  6. Upsize half+ size for optimal fit
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SCARPA Rebel K 8 HD
SCARPA Rebel K 10 Insulated HD

SCARPA Rebel K 10 Insulated HD

Built with the optimized stiffness, insulation, and sole to take on the steepest cold-weather hunts, the SCARPA Rebel K 10 features a comfortable Sock-Fit XT® tongue that offers a consistent fit while trimming excess weight. The one-piece HDry® waterproof-breathable membrane is laminated to the inside of the boot’s synthetic upper, leaving no seams or gaps for moisture to penetrate or collect.

  1. Weight: 3 lb 7.4 oz | 1570 gm (pair, US 9)
  2. 200 gm Primaloft Gold Insulation Eco (90% recycled content)
  3. HDry® waterproof-breathable direct laminated membrane with 37.5® Technology lining
  4. Sock-fit XT construction for reduced bulk and enhanced fit
  5. Quick dry synthetic upper with Super Fabric® side panels for durability
  6. Vibram outsole offers maximum support and torsional stability
  7. Upsize half+ size for optimal fit
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SCARPA R-Evolution K 8 HD

A versatile, lightweight hiker designed for mixed terrain. This is the boot for those looking for the 'best of the best' in features and materials without the stiffness and build associated with typical mountaineering boots. The R-Evolution is ideal for most big game hunts in the lower-48 states.

  1. Weight: 3 lb | 1364 gm (pair, US 9)
  2. HDry® waterproof-breathable direct laminated membrane with 37.5® Technology lining
  3. Sock-fit DV construction for reduced bulk and enhanced fit
  4. Quick dry full-synthetic upper with Super Fabric® side panels for durability
  5. Vibram outsole offers maximum support and torsional stability
  6. Upsize half+ size for optimal fit
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SCARPA R-Evolution K 8 HD

Finding the right boot is not easy, but if you put in the time and research it can change your motivation during a hunt. The boots that we offer will not work for everyone as SCARPA’s typically run narrow eliminating people with a wider foot, but the five key elements above still stay the same. Spend the time and try on as many boots as you can before pulling the trigger, you won’t regret it.

SCARPA Boot Factory

Take a look inside the manufacturing process at the SCARPA boot factory in Asolo, Italy. The process of making Italian handmade boots proves nothing short of the highest quality.

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