At a shade over a kilo these are lightweight walking boots, but the feeling of weight doesn’t always come purely based on what the scales say.
The moment you put the Rush TRK walking boots on your feet you know you’re in for a treat. Despite being so lightweight they aren’t at all sloppy, in fact we were surprised at having to do a few miles of wearing in. This is to the benefit of the boots though, as stability and support are both excellent long term.
Typical of a Scarpa boot the fit is fairly narrow, but for such a sporty boot we were surprised to find plenty of wiggle room up front for the toes. This allows them to splay naturally, offering much more comfort than precise, tight-fitting boots.
The heel is retained and cushioned perfectly using a combination of a deep heel cup and what Scarpa term ‘Autofit 3D Collar’ which adds an area of padding at the back of the foot that nestles into the ankle. The whole ankle area is well cushioned making for a superbly comfortable feel overall.
The suede leather and fabric upper is easily tweaked over the foot using an excellent lacing system which has lockout points at the flex zone to customise fit at the lower and upper part of the boot. Overall fit and feel when walking in the TRK GTX is nimble but stable, truly encompassing what a lightweight walking boot should be.
We found the Presa sole to offer great grip across different terrain, the lugs are well spaced and deep, so shed mud but not at the expense of grip on slicker surfaces.
Comfort and shock absorption from the footbed and midsole are both decent for long days walking and there are no signs of hot spots or blisters, testament to Scarpa’s craftsman-like build quality that works and lasts.
Buy Scarpa Rush GTX Walking Boots: £164.99 at Amazon.co.uk