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Redefining mountain performance, this boot is suitable for challenging the most technical routes in cold climates, whether ice cragging or in the high mountains.
SizingSCARPA Sizing Chart
Measure your foot with a ruler, using cm or inches; convert to Euro or US using this chart. If you need mondo sizing, please refer to the SCARPA chart on this page/tab. We recommend you purchase two sizes, the size you think you are plus one .5 size bigger for fit testing at home. As long as the products are in like new condition and the packaging is 100% intact, we will credit you for the returned product.
General fitting rules depend on the product's intended use... follow the appropriate guidelines below for best results.
- The bigger/heavier/more supportive the product, the more you may want to upsize .5 - 1full size. Lighter, softer, more supple shoes can be sized closer to your measured size.
- Note: SCARPA Plastic mountain boots all use UK sizing; UK converts easily: 1 full size smaller than US men's size, 2 sizes smaller than US women's size.
- Try on with appropriate socks for your usage. The bigger the boot, the more appropriate a bigger sock (sounds crazy, huh?)
- If you use orthotics or already have aftermarket footbeds, measure against the standard footbed in boot. Fit into boot for sizing/fitting the boot.
- Best to try on at the end of the day when your feet are larger/swollen, than when your feet are fresh to ensure good fit after a long day.
- Lacing can play an incredibly important part of a good fit. Be sure to play with lacing when analyzing fit.
- Make sure your heel isn't slipping.
- Make sure your toes aren't hitting the end.
**Approach shoes may be sized smaller for performance purposes but beware... small shoes are really uncomfortable on the trail.
Rock climbing shoes
- From your measured size, you'll want to consider downsizing .5 - 2 full sizes. The flatter the shoe, the closer to your measured size; the more downturned/aggressive the shoe, the more you'll want to downsize.
- The best fit is comparative between sizes and only you will be able to judge that, though an experience climber could offer good insights to your fit.
- If it feels painful, it may break in... or it may not.
- Pain sucks as a rule of thumb though and makes climbing miserable.
- Only you can judge what's 'acceptable' discomfort.
- Good fitting rock shoes shouldn't necessarily be 'comfortable' by walking/running shoe standards.
- Look for looseness/bagginess in the toes and heel. Bagginess can mean 'slop' when climbing with feet perspiring, etc.
- Toes should completely fill the toebox.
- Heel should feel solid; like they won't pull off if heel hooking.
- Any foot movement in new shoes will mean sloppy fit when broken in.
- From your measured foot, convert to US size using the scale. Translate the US size to Mondo size using the SCARPA mondo scale (not 'true' mondo conversion)
- Shell fit: taking liner out of the shell and inserting foot, toes touching end of shell but completely flat.
- Should have 1.5 - 2 fingers of space behind heel and heel of shell (between 14mm - 20mm)
- Too little space = go up one shell
- Too much space = go down one shell
- If not sure... fit test BOTH shell sizes
- Put on a ski sock for gosh sake!
- Use and orthotic? Put it the boot (after taking out the standard footbed).
- Put foot in boot AND BUCKLE IT! You can not tell a boot fit without buckling it
- This will pull your heel back into the heel pocket, relieving cramped toe space
- Boots do pack out! A 'comfy' fit when new will mean slop later.
- Regardless, your toes should NOT be pressed against the end of the liner
- Get your Intuition liners molded! This provides THE BEST FIT available.
- Any minor pressure points or space will be eliminated by molding
- Find an experience SCARPA dealer for fitting/molding
- Boot fitting is an incredible service and generally requires a service fee of varying amounts... it's worth it though!
More good information fitting available here.
- Upper: Cordura® and Elastan 10% (S-tech Fabric)
- Lining: Waterproof-OD/Primaloft®
- Insole: Pro-Fiber
- Midsole: PU/TPU
- Sole: Vibram® TT3
- Last: AG
- Sizes: 38 - 47, 48 (half sizes)
- Weight: 900g; 1lb 15.7oz
- Color: Orange
- Product Code: 87411/210
- Ueli Steck, an incredibly talented climber and SCARPA athlete in Europe sending speed ascents on the three great North Faces in Europe: the Matterhorn, the Eiger, and the Grandes Jorasses
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Anonymous Aug 14, 2014
These may looking bulky but they climb superbly! We have been putting these boots to the test for the past two ice seasons in Hyalite Canyon on everything from long moderate ice routes to the canyon test pieces including the more technical mixed lines. They perform super well while keeping the feet nice and warm even on the coldest of days in Montana. We have been avid about applying the provided lubricant on the gaiter zippers and have yet to have any problems.
Anonymous Jun 21, 2013
I have put at least 50 days on these boots and they are going strong. They have done the job on everything from technical ice and mixed route to long snow slogs. Have worn them down to -20F and my feet have stayed warm ( I sized them 1/2 large). Great all around winter boot for ice and mountaineering. If you want to do more summer alpine stuff (rock scrambling etc.) get a softer boot like the Rebel or Triolet. You won't be disappointed with this boot.
Anonymous Nov 30, 2012
The Phantom Guide is a fantastic boot. I recommend this one for mid altitude ascents (4000-5000m peaks like the Euro Alps, especially for Mt Blanc and Elbrus). The sole and shape accommodate technical climbing very well and it hikes reasonably well even off-snow. I personally also use it for very cold ice climbing days or winter ascents on Rainier. If you plan on Aconcagua, Denali and the likes, get an even warmer boot!
Anonymous Oct 17, 2011
These boots are light yet really supportive and accurate. Climbing with a buddy of mine recently who is technically far better than me, I was surprised to notice that we were really close in our standards which I attribute to these boots. While I have a wide foot that is at the extreme of the fitting range I reckon they will fit most foot shapes. Guy Cotter IFMGA Guide
- Anonymous Aug 14, 2014