Scarpa Mojito Trail GTX Review

Burly and comfortable, the new the new Mojito Trail is a great addition to the Mojito shoe range.

Go to your local climbing wall or to a busy crag and you won’t need to go far to see how popular the Scarpa Mojito approach is. The combination of good, casual style and robust manufacture has made them a sure choice for climbers and outdoor folk for many years.

2019 sees the addition of a hiking specific version the Mojito Trail GTX. The styling is definitely classic Mojito with the distinctive front rand and toe lacing system. The suede upper gives the Mojito Trail a robust and burly appearance and they have proved rugged throughout the spring testing season. Although the suggested use is country and urban walking I have used them for more extreme uses. On a recent day out on Great Gable in the UK Lake District they were super comfortable and easily coped with a full variety of mountain terrain including extended ascents and descents on loose scree. In fact these will most likely be my main hillwalking shoe for the entire summer season. So far the suede uppers have withstood everything I’ve put them through and are showing little signs of wear.

The Gore-Tex liner made light work of the boggy crag approaches. Back Bowden, Northumberland

I have also used them extensively for rock climbing and bouldering approaches throughout the great dry conditions we’ve been enjoying in the UK. They’ve been warm and kept my feet dry on a variety of damp and boggy approaches and have been easy to get on and off. They’re 900g per pair so they’re not the type of shoe I’m going to want to clip to my harness and climb a 6 pitch route with but they would be fine to carry up a single pitch route if you then have an extended walk off. There is a large, but unobtrusive heel tab that will easily fit a carabiner for harness clipping.

The Vibram Salix sole provided plenty of friction on dry rock and the cleats are well designed to offer support on muddy ground. This is attached to a springy EVA midsole provided plenty of shock absorption and cushioning for tired legs at the end of a tough day. Further cushioning is provided for in the removable Comfort Fit insole, they dried out quickly when they occasionally got wet through boggy ground. The extended toe rand provided some hardness which mitigated the worst from the odd stumble and even provided some friction for a toe jam when scrambling.

Making light work of loose scree when approaching crags.

Talking of scrambling and technical approaches the toe lacing is ideal for this type of activity as it’s easy to cinch everything tight when the terrain changes from hiking to scrambling and offers rock shoe type security which many hiking books don’t. Scarpa have also bee making improvements to their lacing over the years and the soft/round laces have been working well now that they have broken in. There’s nothing more annoying than having to stop every 300 metres to retighten stiff laces. I feel they are a little too chunky to be a dedicated technical approach shoe but then they’re not designed for that, it’s just my way of trying to get the most out of the shoe.

Finally they have a full Gore-Tex (GTX) sock for keeping the water out when walking across wet ground. The low cut nature of the shoe meant that water did get in on really wet ground but then I often wear Seal Skinz on very wet walks. If this is an issue and you feel you need more support on your hikes then there is the Mojito Hike GTX which for £10 extra is a bargain.

In conclusion the Scarpa Trail GTX have been a great spring hiking and climbing shoe and they are likely to remain that way through the summer and early autumn. The Gore-Tex lining will mean that remain on the shelf for the warmer days but the combination of a durable outer, lightweight comfort and a great Vibram sole is a winner.

SRP is £160 and the Scarpa Mojito GTX comes in sizes EUR 40 – 48. They come in colour Shark (grey). There is a women’s specific fit the Mojito Trail GTX WMN and they come in sizes EUR 37 – 42 and the colour is Ice Fall (Blue). They are available direct from Scarpa and specialist retailers.

PS – beware the new Facebook and Google scam of selling fake Scarpa shoes. Although imitation maybe the sincerest form of flattery – you all know that you get what you pay for!

Disclaimer – CGR reviewers are never paid to provide a review and the website does not take advertising or link to affiliate sales. We are a bunch of keen climbers and travellers that accept sample products and offer an honest and independent review of the item. The reviewer will often keep the sample after reviewing it for both hygiene and safety reasons and more often it’s in no fit state to return!



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