Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX vs ?

WeiserBucks

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Looking at the Scarpa Zodiac Plus for a lightweight, do it all boot for everything until the weather demands a more serious boot. How are they with a 40 lb pack? Adequate support? Anything else I should be considering for this application?
 

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I wore them for the 2019 and 2020 seasons and really like them (hunted ID and NV). They’re lightweight and the sole is fairly stiff too, however they don’t offer much ankle support. For me that’s not a big issue but something to consider. I’ve packed out 4 bulls with them (one was mine and three were buddies) and the sole is plenty stiff for a 80lb pack.

Even though I like them a lot I bought a pair of Scarpa Ribelle HD to use this fall.
 
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After more research I bought Ribelle HD too, should receive them monday.
 

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Nice. The Ribelle seems to fix the shortcomings of the zodiac plus without any drawbacks.
 

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Would you say the ribelle’s are more breathable then the zodiacs? Also are they a stiffer boot?
 

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The Ribelle is stiffer and is taller with more ankle support. It’s surprisingly easy to walk in though. I don’t have enough time in the Ribelle to comment on which is more breathable. I only have one 5 mile hike in the Ribelle about a week ago in 90 degree heat and they did well.
 

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The zodiak plus is a hiking boot, at best. The zodiak tech is the boot to get if you want a true mountain boot.
 

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Awesome thanks. I was curious if the Hdry was more breathable then gore-tex. My feet sweat a lot.
 
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WeiserBucks

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My Ribelle HD came in today, fits great and very lightweight. I think they're going to be great for everything I need except for extreme cold and deep snow but I have other boots for those conditions.
 

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I've worn through my first set of Ribelle HD's and have a second set on order, they are my favourite all time boot. They are a totally different boot then the Zodiac, as mentioned above, the Zodiac is a hiking boot. I only wear them on walks with the kids, in the rain. I've worn heavy packs with them, but I've also done that in runners. If I need ankle support, I'll take the Ribelle HD.
 

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Picked up a pair of Crispi Thor II's on sale this year - stiff sole, super light - 6 days high alpine bear hunting and couldn't be happier. Bought a pair of Nevadas at the same time and will likely sell the Nevadas.
 

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Awesome thanks. I was curious if the Hdry was more breathable then gore-tex. My feet sweat a lot.
HDry is significantly better then Goretex. Breathes better, actually water proof and it lasts longer. I wore the tread off my Ribelle and the boot is still waterproof.
 

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I've used the Scarpa Mescalito Mid the last year. It's super light and stiff enough for me. It will be my early season elk/mule deer until it wears out
 

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Echoing the facts about Zodiac Plus (hiker) vs the Tech (real mountain boot) -- I have the Tech and it's awesome. Ultra light, ultra stiff, waterproof, great boot. If your feet don't get cold you could probably wear it year round. I wear uninsulated Schnee's Absaroka II's in snow/zero degree weather but not sure I'd do that in the Tech.

For everything else though, if you like really light boots the Zodiac Techs are awesome.
 

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Actually, I've found that the Zodiac plus, Ribelle HD and Mescalito (low top) are all good with their own range of usefulness (for me).

If not for achilles tendinitis I'd likely wear the Ribelle HD more, but for some reason the less stiff Zodiac Plus aggravates mine much less. I've worn the Zodiac plus in Dec. WY cow elk hunting and like most things for me, as long as I'm moving I'm good. They were fine for the short distance I carried 1/2 a cow downhill a short distance through a mix of tall grass and snow.

As good as the rocker is on the Ribelle HD, the Zodiac Plus feels better on my feet for putting on miles, as the flex allows a more natural gait for me.

The Ribelle HD definitely feels more supportive and great on side hills in comparison.

For early season scouting, training or when not serious side-hilling, I've loved the Mescalito low tops. They also are notably the easiest on my Achilles causing me to wear them a good bit.

Sorry for the long post, but put a good amount of time and miles on these guys.
 
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WeiserBucks

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Actually, I've found that the Zodiac plus, Ribelle HD and Mescalito (low top) are all good with their own range of usefulness (for me).

If not for achilles tendinitis I'd likely wear the Ribelle HD more, but for some reason the less stiff Zodiac Plus aggravates mine much less. I've worn the Zodiac plus in Dec. WY cow elk hunting and like most things for me, as long as I'm moving I'm good. They were fine for the short distance I carried 1/2 a cow downhill a short distance through a mix of tall grass and snow.

As good as the rocker is on the Ribelle HD, the Zodiac Plus feels better on my feet for putting on miles, as the flex allows a more natural gait for me.

The Ribelle HD definitely feels more supportive and great on side hills in comparison.

For early season scouting, training or when not serious side-hilling, I've loved the Mescalito low tops. They also are notably the easiest on my Achilles causing me to wear them a good bit.

Sorry for the long post, but put a good amount of time and miles on these guys.
Any real report might help someone! Thanks.
 

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What is the fit like between the Zodiac Plus and the Ribelle? I tried on the Ribelle and they were a touch too narrow across the forefoot. Heel fit was great.
 
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