We can see why these are some of Scarpa's bestselling boots, they're lovely in most regards for general walking duties provided you don't push them too hard. They also sit at a favourable price point compared to competing leather boots on the market, and with Scarpa heritage and build quality behind them that makes them a bargain.
We found the Terra GTX boots comfortable to walk in straight out of the box. There's no denying that they're quite soft, both in the upper and sole, which is very flexible in all directions, but the boot is still stable and responsive when you're hiking on paths and trails that the Terra GTX was primarily designed for. If you push the Terra GTX into rough mountainous terrain, then clearly you're going to get unstuck.
There's a bit more trail feel through the soles than we would like, which does eventually become tiresome over long distances, but you can partially combat this issue by using thicker insoles. On short walks the trail feel isn't an issue and makes you feel a little more connected to the ground beneath you.
Heavy cushioning around the ankle and tongue really adds to the feeling of comfort and the inners of the boots feel as comfortable as your favourite slippers (well, almost). We don't have any complaints about rubbing or blisters yet over mostly short (8 miles and under) walks.
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Foot hold is great despite me having narrow feet and the fit being mid width, although heel hold is perhaps not as good as some of the narrower, more sporty boots with techy heel retention systems.
The walking platform beneath you is neutral and stable so feels very natural and easy going and the weight, at 1230g, isn't bad at all considering the build quality and materials used.
Overall, these boots just work and are therefore a keeper.
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