Support for the most brutal approaches.

Whether you are making the march to Upper Chaos in RMNP, or sweating your way to the top of Clark Mountain for a burn on Jumbo Pumping Hate, the Scarpa Tech Ascent GTX is your go-to approach shoe. The Extended Comfort Gore-Tex lining lets your feet breath and keeps them dry in wet conditions while the mid-cut design and sticky rubber keep you from rolling an ankle in the talus. If your latest project includes a brutal approach, help improve your odds for success by booting up in the Tech Ascent.

  • The suede upper and Extended Comfort Gore-Tex Lining allow your foot to breath while keeping it dry during early-morning approaches in dew-soaked meadows
  • Vibram Vertical Approach sole with sticky rubber provides ample friction for technical approaches over granite slabs
  • The Overlasted rubber toe rand enables secure edging and stances
  • Technical mid-cut design is compact while providing ankle support in difficult terrain
  • The Tech Ascent weighs in at 1lb 2oz per shoe, making it light enough to pack away during the climb
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Light, Gore-tex, sticky, needs break-in

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 46

Got these a year ago to replace some older, heavier boots and to do some hiking in the White Mtns. I was looking for a lightweight, stable platform with gore tex and sticky rubber, and these do a good job of filling those requirements. I have medium width feet with almost no arch to speak of and these boots are a little on the wide side and probably need some good inserts for arch support, like all boots.

The Vibram soles stick well on the granite of the Whites, and the shallow lugs don't get filled with mud too easily. On a warm day and in a steep hike, these can get a little hot. They also take some time to break in; I got a heel blister about 1 mile into my first day with them. I recommend wearing them around town for a week before heading out. The heel cup is a little finicky at first, but I found that the boot will mold to your foot.

I also got rid of the laces and got thicker boot laces--the laces these boots come with are too long, don't stay tied, and are thin enough that I worried about them breaking or cutting through the unreinforced eyelets.

I was thinking about the Salewa Alp Trainer mid GTX, but bought these when they came on sale. I've got about 250 miles on them; so far so good.

Should I order these in the same size as my Charmoz or 1/2 size smaller?

Best Answer

I ended up ordering them a full size smaller (41.5) than my charmoz (42.5). I probably could have gotten a 41 for better climbing.

Do i order just my normal running shoe size?


Order the same as you would for running or hiking shoes. These are wider, but not longer than usual.

More questions? Just call or email me, directly.

No good for narrow feet.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 46.5

I've had good luck with Scarpa before and thought these would serve me well. Nope: If you have narrow heels, expect blisters. I tried multiple insoles and multiple lacing methods. Mine are going to the second hand shop. Aside from that, if you have wider heels these are sturdily constructed. The lug pattern is shallow and wears out more quickly than others but the advantage is excellent traction on rock, as should be expected for an approach shoe. A full circumference rand would be nice, but that would add weight. The webbing eyelets might eventually wear out, but if your feet fit the shoe better than my narrow feet did, you won't need to yank them so hard to get the boot tight. The midsoles are supportive with good energy return, and can take a heavy pack. The looks of these boots are top notch. The gore-tex liner works well.

good slightly wider alternative

    These are really comfy right outta the box for my slightly wider foot. I couldn't get the sportiva Hyper Mid GTX's to fit, they just pinched down on my forefoot too much. The Tech Ascent's are a touch wider than the Salewa Alp Trainer/Mtn Trainer or Sportiva Xplorers/Hyper Mids. I found 42.5 to fit perfectly, while I normally wear a size 10 street shoe, and size 43/43.5 Mountain Boots.

    Damn good boot.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    Stiff platform with a goretex membrane makes these boots mountain crushers. I wish they had a slightly softer heel cup so the break in time wasn't so long (I have roughly 25 miles in mine). Definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a mountain boot that can take a pair of strap on crampons.

    Unanswered Question

    Did you order these boots 1/2 size larger...

    Did you order these boots 1/2 size larger than your street shoes?

    Do these boots have a gusseted tongue? ...

    Do these boots have a gusseted tongue? I've used Scarpa Zens for many years and my only frustration with them is the lack of a gusseted tongue (sand & dirt get into the shoe along side the tongue).

    Best Answer

    Yes these do have a gusseted tongue.

    Would approach shoes work well for long...

    Would approach shoes work well for long distance backpacking? Or would I be better of using a full on hiking boot? Pack will probably be ~40lbs

    Best Answer

    With a pack of that weight, I would suggest a light to medium hiking boot. However, this is really dependent on what kind of terrain you will be hiking. These boots are best suited to rocky terrain, or anywhere where a sticky sole would be advantageous.

    It depends on the approach shoe. For the Tech Ascent I would say that yes, this will work great for long distance backpacking with a 40lb pack. The Mid top height and the PU midsole will work just as well as most hiking boots.

    Really good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I wore these for the first time crossing a glacier at about 4,500m. I was worried about blisters etc but nope, zip, nada, not a single issue despite wearing them 10 hours on the first day. These shoes were excellent on boulder hopping , not so good on ice and snow but hey thats a tough ask of any boot made for approaches. I ended up crossing a snow bound pass at 5,400 m in these boots and only got slightly cold feet. I really rate these shoes as an approach and found them more comfortable for general walking than the Ganda.

    Really good

    Are these crampon compatible?

    Are these crampon compatible?

    Best Answer

    These will only work with fully strap on style crampons

    Hello, thanks for the question!

    You should check these crampons out. They work with any style boot.

    Scarpa Tech Ascent GTX Shoe - Men's

    The sole looks awful thin. Has anyone ever...

    The sole looks awful thin. Has anyone ever hiked in these or are they only for cold weather/snow?

    The sole is very flexible, and a great three season climber/hiker boot. While they're great at keeping the water out, I haven't had the chance to try them in snow yet.

    If your feet do not run cold in winter, they might suffice for snow shoeing, but the mid-height ankle might let a bit of snow in (without gaiters).

    Does scarpa no longer offer a widrh...

    Does scarpa no longer offer a widrh option?

    Unfortunately this shoe does not come in varied widths.

    The heel is normal/slightly narrow, but the toe box is nice and spacious for a standard size boot.