The Marmolada Trek, is a lightweight but serious hill boot designed to be used as a long distance walking and scrambling boot and ideal for a variety of mountain missions such as a snow-free ascent of the Aonach Eagach or a dream via ferrata adventure in the Italian Dolomites. The Vibram Mulaz S sole is stiff and sticky enough for some easy "rock work" but sensitive enough to provide the feel you want when things become airy. The OutDry "sock fit" liner is waterproof and thermo regulating so ideal for both long summer days and wetter conditions
Out of the box, the Marmolada is a very comfortable boot with a neutral, true to size wide-ish fit best suited to those with broader feet. The low volume shape helps the boot feel precise when walking over technical ground and holds your foot nicely over the sole. The lacing system which uses material loops rather than eyelets, combined with the Outdry and Sock Fit technology is both comfortable and smooth to operate and despite the apparent size of the boot it feels quite nimble, especially on steep, soggy or rocky descents.
The relative lightness does come at the cost of solid foot protection and a slight lack of stability around the heel cup, but this is more than made up for by the excellent Vibram Mulaz S sole which performs well in across the spectrum.
The Marmolada Trek is an ideal 3 season hill walking boot, especially if you intend to use it on more challenging ground where you may encounter rock steps and bit of scrambling. Unlike many more performance oriented boots that require a considerable breaking-in period, the Marmolada Trek works well from the get-go and its performance is matched by Scarpa's excellent quality and modern styling. At £200 pounds, these boots are undeniably an investment, but one that will be rewarded through quality, modern finish and good all-round on the hill performance.