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The definitive hill and mountain all-rounder, the Scarpa SL Activ delivers the perfect combination of support, flex and protection.

As the latest generation of the SL - Scarpa's legendary 3-4 season boot - the SL Activ has some pretty big boots to fill. Not to worry: the SL still offers fantastic support and grip on demanding terrain, but with added comfort for multi-day use. Sturdy enough to take a walking crampon when needed but flexible enough to use as a hill walking boot, the SL is a stunningly versatile piece of kit.

From the stiffening materials within the boot which provide tailored, unobtrusive support, through the shape of the padding around the ankle, right down to the design of the lacing eyelets to ensure the boot wraps securely around your foot, Scarpa's attention to the comfort of your feet in the SL is incredible. As well as providing comfort and support, the SL uses sturdy Sherpa leather and sports a high rubber rand for dependable, durable protection.

If you're looking for a boot to take you from Snowdonia's craggy peaks to Everest Base Camp, look no further than the SL.

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Product Features

  • Weight: 1580g
  • Sherpa leather outer
  • Auto-fit foam inserts in heel area for added comfort
  • Memory Foam ankle padding
  • V-Flex ergonomic ankle
  • Viscoflex Activ Fit insole with Memory Foam
  • Vibram Biometric sole with Dynamic TPU shank
  • Speed lacing system
  • Boot rating: B:1

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14 Customer reviews for this product

Fantastic boots
Reviewed By R, 12 Dec 2014

Had them 12 months now and used them winter and summer, great comfort and really good fit, not a single blister straight from the box. A bit heavy but you soon get used to that. Never let any water in and seem to be bombproof construction. I've put a sorbothane double strike insole in to help save the knees, top end budget but should last for years.



Great boots!
Reviewed By Neil, 03 Nov 2014

I bought these in March and broke them in well. Last week I used them to climb Kilimanjaro. Not a single blister and a good few turned ankles avoided. I have no hesitation in recommending these wonderful boots. My feet stayed warm even during the 7 hour treck to the summit.



Back to the future, yes please!
Reviewed By Martin, 23 Sep 2013

I've always preferred a leather boot to a fabric. My last set of boots (Meindl Burma Pro) were very comfortable and lasted very well, almost 7 years or trekking, hiking, scrambling, etc. The time came to replace them though and like everything that needs replacing, I look at what I liked in and what I didn't in the old boot. The only thing that I didn't like was the goretex linging in the warmer months as I find it too warm and my socks were always wet with sweat.

Trying to find a leather boot without a goretex lining is increasingly difficult, but after a lot of research I decided that the Scarpa SL was worth a look. The extra large rand around the toe was also essential for me as this is a high wear area on all of my previous boots, and I like the stiff sole for climbing as well as walking.

I visited my local Cotswold and got fitted with a pair of SL's. After wearing them around the house for a week I found they had a bit too much heel lift and despite many lacing options (demonstrated by the staff in store) decided to go for a size smaller boot. This one fitted perfectly and my first day out in them was a scramble and walk over Pavey Arc (Langdales). The boots performed flawlessly, with excellent grip and stiffness for scrambling from the sole, and exceptional comfort right out of the box. The biggest surprise was at the end of this very hot, sunny day. I removed my boots whilst enjoying a pint and found my socks to be almost dry o touch, and certainly dry by the time I'd finished my pint! I've never had that in a boot before.

My worry with an unlined leather boot was that it would leak water and require lots of regular proofing. This is not the case with the SL's. I have now used them for 6 months and in that time have completed my ML training in Snowdonia, climbs in the Cullin, and countless walks in the Lake District. Not once has the boot failed to impress me, and not once has it leaked or become too warm. Just to prove the point, yesterday during a training exercise I spent 45 minutes stood in the bottom of a gorge with water flowing over the boots and my feet remained completely dry. I never expected that, especially as I have only waxed them once in 6 months (simply with G-Wax)!

I don't consider these to be a winter boot, I consider them to be an all-year boot. Don't be put off by reviewers focusing on the weight or the stiff sole or the lack of goretex. Light, flexible and fabric isn't always the right option. Supportive, long-lasting, comfortable, good traction, waterproof and breathable are all that matter when they are on your feet. These boots score 5 out of 5 in all of these areas.

Never again will I buy a goretex boot, and I doubt I'll buy anything other than Scarpa when these finally wear out.



Brilliant Boots
Reviewed By Alan, 29 Jun 2013

As an avid mountain climber good boots are essential. This is the first time I have bought Scarpa boots. They definitely did not disappoint!

After 10 hours on the mountains of Donegal, Ireland they didn't let me down. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for comfortable, waterproof and durable boots . I was served by Sabin in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sabin's expert help after two hours of fitting and deliberating was invaluable. I would buy these boots and brand again.
They are worth every penny!



Fantastic Boot
Reviewed By Callum , 03 Jan 2013

After various recommendations of boots, decided on these for my first pair of winter/mountaineering boots. Fantastic from the start! Having used them in the Cairngorms and Pennines, both out on the moors, and on snow and ice, they have been fantastic. Great support and comfortable across most terrain, had been told to expect to be uncomfortable on tracks because of the stiffen sole, but they were fine, though definitely more suited to the moors and snow. Comfort, support and all round great boots. Would certainly recommended them



The near perfect winter boot
Reviewed By Paul, 03 Nov 2012

Truly an astonishing boot. I have just come back from 5 days running a Gold D of E in Dartmoor in grim conditions (very wet, incredibly muddy & dam chilly) & these were the only boots out of 48 people which did not leak, stayed immensely comfortable & stayed firm all day. A top purchase



A bomb proof pair of boots
Reviewed By Brendan, 04 Oct 2012

A very comfortable pair of Scarper boots. I recommend these boots to any one doing high mountain trekking (requiring crampon use). This is my second pair and I can not fault them.



Excellent boot
Reviewed By Craig, 02 Oct 2012

Have been looking for a while for decent boots which offer great support but are not to stiff; these are them. The foam upper ankle support is very comfortable and the lacing system keeps your feet where you want them. Married them with a pair of Green Superfeet and i now have the perfect boots. They have been to the Lakes, the black mountains and the Austrian Alps without any issues. Fantastic.



Brilliant boots
Reviewed By Fiona, 29 Aug 2012

I have had Scarpa SL's all my life - the first pair lasted 25 years, the second 15 years, so there was no contest for my next pair. But the SL Active are so much better than the SL and took no breaking in at all despite a long hill day on their first outing. They felt so comfortable immediately on trying them on in Cotswold. Annoyingly Scarpa are not making a Ladies' version but although I had the Ladies' SL, the new Ladies' SL was far too narrow despite my having narrow feet. It was also much stiffer and according to a friend, has the usual wearing-in and blister problems. So Ladies, as long as you are no smaller than a 41 definitely go for the SL Activ. I take a 39 shoe and the 41's are fine with 2 pairs of socks which I always wear in any case. Fantastic boots which I hope will last another 15 years! And thanks to Cotswold staff for their knowledge, advice and patience.



Great, comfortable boots.
Reviewed By Claire, 06 Mar 2012

Having not had time to break these boots in I first used them to scale Crib Goch. From the beginning they proved to be an extremely comfortable boot, kept my foot completely dry with plenty of ankle support. A great all round boot, would highly recommend.



Great boots
Reviewed By Stephen, 14 Feb 2012

The guy in the shop was very helpfull with the fitting of the boots. One hour after buying them i was on the mountain and they felt class(no blisters). They are abit on the heavy size but there is loads of support.



Jack of all trades
Reviewed By Samuel, 04 Jan 2012

I spent around 45 -60 minuites with a member of staff at the cotsold outdoor shop in Betws-y-coed talking about what I wanted from a pair of boots and having my feet measured. I was told that these boots would be a good choice for all of my needs. I was somewhat sceptical of leather boots due to having high feet arches and being very prone to recieving blisters (even in trainers). However, i tried on these boot and knew these were the boots for me.

I have already used them on a long walk in up steep tarmac and on a scramble and not recieved a single blister. They are without doubt the comfiest footwear i have ever owned. I would recommend these boot even if you dont require a crampon compatible boot.

overall, a fantastic boot and brilliant customer service as always.



Scarpa SL Activ (B1) review
Reviewed By Steve, 04 Oct 2011

The first time I wore these boots was on Grib Goch and the Snowdon Horseshoe in heavy rain, followed the next day by Tryffan. Two weeks later I did the Glyders. No a bad test! They were a great, fitted right out the box, completely comfortable, no blisters, fantastic. Great for steep walking and scrambling and descending steep scree gullies and do not feel heavy. The very first thing I did with them was to jog up to Pen Y Pass car park and they were brilliant. To be honest I set out not to buy leather boots but there are not many alternatives in this "must do it all" category but these were the best fit and met all my requirements, in theory at least and in practice so far they have surpassed by expectations. The staff at Cotswolds were good too and spent nearly 1.5 hours with me making sure I got it right. All in all highly recommended boots and in store service.



The best leather boot ever
Reviewed By Andrew , 29 Sep 2011

I have owened an the old Scarpa SL. This was before the ankle upgrade. These boots lasted me over 6 years of of intense daily use. up some of the roughest terain. Bounced of scree and walked though snow and ice in -20c temperatures. They stud up to some harsh conditions. My feet never got wet, i never slipped from the tread. I sat at home nursing my boots not wanting to part from them. But it was time that the old SL's to be put out of there poor missery (sorry boots). Im now the happiest owner of the Brand new Scarpa SL active boots and oh my god. To say that Scarpa have out done them selvs is a total understatemnt, the old boots took some time to bed in but these are as comfy as trainers, as waterproof as wellies and yet as warm as a hot sandy beech. I love these boots. forget about anything else. these boots are well worth the cost. I use mine 5 days a week and they will last, the tread will last and the linner also. I have a brand new hot model and i like her.
Do not consider anything else untill you have slipped your feet into pure luxury.
Can i say anything else but thank you Scarpa you have made a happy man happier. Also top marks to Cotswold for there sales. I love just popping in just to chat to the guys about stuff. Thanks and keep up the hard work.
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Scarpa are an Italian footwear manufacturer that combines a proud history of traditional hand-made craftsmanship with modern and innovative approaches to boot manufacture. This has enables the family run company to develop a range of hiking boots, approach shoes, mountaineering boots and rock shoes that are considered amongst the finest in the world. With their history and their future working in harmony, Scarpa are able to look forward with confidence, and innovate freely.

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