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?
Any real report might help someone! Thanks.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.