Off the Beaten Path
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Interest: Bumming around above treeline.
Anyone use the scarpa manta for trekking?
Does anyone use Scarpa mantas for general trekking? I'm trying out a pair of the escape right now, and both fit equally well. I would prefer to have the mantas' superior step kicking and edging abilities, but most of what I do is traveling on scree, talus, dirt and trails, and I'm not sure if the stiff mid-sole on the mantas will work out for that.
Like I said - they both fit indoors, I just want to know from manta owners how you like them for hiking approaches, preferably with heavy loads. I've been wearing the equivalent of 3/4 shank boots for years, but the fact that the old mantas were step-in crampon compatible (as opposed to my new-matic compatible boots) leads me to believe they may be stiffer.