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SCARPA Bhutan GTX Hiking Boots review
Written by Andrew Horton   
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SCARPA Bhutan GTXLife is full of transitions, and the leap from winter to spring can be exceptionally harsh for hiking. In the northeast, land of extreme climate transitions, hikers need and expect versatility.

Enter the SCARPA Bhutan GTX. Fresh from Italy’s Asolo region with a fighting weight of just 3.2 pounds, the Bhutan GTX is loosely based on SCARPA’s best-selling Kailash boot.

From a design perspective, the SCARPA Bhutan GTX is full of superlatives. The boot features a Vibram Hi-Trail Lite rubber outsole that withstands abuse and stands up to adverse conditions, all while gripping the earth tightly. If the Earth’s gravitational pull ever deviates midway through an excursion; those wearing a pair of Bhutans should be just fine. The apocalypse may have just arrived, but at least you’ll have good traction, right?

The boot’s nubuck leather upper, which, combined with a performance comfort Gore-Tex waterproof liner, works to keep your feet warm and dry during soggy escapades on the trail. The Bhutan GTX’s gusseted tongue and rugged hook lacing system will take everything that Mother Nature can muster. Even the kitchen sink.

The Bhutan GTX is a durable shoe that is constructed to last over a decade. But is it comfortable enough to wear for that long? Well, yes and no. The boot requires a break-in period, which could take awhile. Ankle and heel support are as as can be expected on uneven terrain.

SCARPA Logoimages/SCARPASCARPA’s bidirectional ankle flex feature helps stabilize the load with the boots laces tied tightly. Otherwise, the Bhutan GTX is fine for light hiking. Competing in the World’s Strongest Man tournament? Probably not so much.

The Achilles’ heel is the boot’s narrower toe box, which can be somewhat difficult just a few miles into a hike. Although hikers with narrower feet will adjust to th SCARPA Bhutan GTX just fine, those who are used to roomier offerings will want to purchase the SCARPA Bhutan GTX Wide. (MSRP $219)


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Andrew Horton

Andrew HortonAndrew Horton-Hall comes to OutdoorInformer.com with deep roots in the world of professional journalism, having covered breaking news and feature articles for newspapers throughout southern New England. After witnessing firsthand the power of positive publicity and promoting good causes, he decided to make the leap into public relations and marketing. He currently serves as a Marketing Coordinator at an international architectural firm in Boston and is studying for his MBA in Sustainability at Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H.

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