Boots We Like: Scarpa Tech Ascent

Scarpa‘s mid-cut “approach” shoe is designed for alpine trekking, easy climbs, and descending loose terrain. Though it’s meant to get you to the base of your climb – and it does that with verve – we also found this shoe to be well-suited to casual day-hiking on the difficult geography of much of the Bruce Trail, where loose, sharp stones and angular rock features demand lightweight, flexible, responsive and sticky footwear.

The Scarpa Tech Ascent.
The Scarpa Tech Ascent. Shot with iPhone 5.

More supportive than a low-cut approach shoe, the Tech Ascent is light, nimble and heel-hugging on technical terrain. The dual-density polyurethane midsole provides substantial shock absorption but still retains its sensitivity to climb well. Asymmetrical lacing to the toe provides precise fit and enhances stability when climbing. Abrasion resistant suede uppers, Gore-Tex® waterproof breathability, and sticky rubber round out the Tech Ascent’s numerous pluses.