High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Interest: Seriously active hiker/ mountaineer/ canyoneer
I have the Freney Lites, which are typically described as a "cross-over" boot. They were bought as a replacement for my lighter Mantas and were rather pleasingly marked down in price(the VPO CT gear event). I have found them to be very comfortable, in fact supplanting my dedicated light hikers, but the caveat is that my feet resemble failed genetic experiments anyway, so what works for me may not work for you. In any case, They only have maybe 15 hikes or so thus far, so any problems may not have manifested yet. Mine actually don't seem much stiffer than the Mantas, but I haven't had a chance to try them with my flexis yet (have worked well with my MSR snowshoes, although I've heard that the asymmetry of the boots sometimes causes problems with the MSR lacing and platform).
Like any boots, I would simply recommend that you try lots of pairs on and go with what works for the applications you're looking for. Not very helpful, I know, but I can at least say that I've gone through a few pairs of Scarpas and found them to generally be good boots.