SCARPA Kailash GTX hiking boot wins 08 Backpacker Editor’s Choice

The SCARPA Kailash GTX was awarded a 2008 Editor’s Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine this month.

BOULDER, Colo. – The Kailash GTX, one of the newest mid-weight hiking boots from SCARPA North America, was awarded a 2008 Editor's Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine this month. The prestigious annual award denotes products with outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance. In addition, the Kailash was featured in the magazine's annual gear guide – the issue prior to announcement of the Editor's Choice Awards – as ‘Best All Around Midweight Boot'

In the gear guide, the March issue, SCARPA's Nepal boot, a heavier duty backpacking boot, also earned ‘best buy' in its category. “Even on off-trail rambles with a heavy load, testers reported comfort through 12-hour days …” the magazine wrote.

Offering the impeccable Italian craftsmanship for which the SCARPA brand is known, the Kailash GTX is a midweight hiking boot with a cushy Vibram sole that employs suede so it breaks in virtually out of the box. “Normally we'd advise against heading out on a three-day trip with a 45-pound pack in brand new boots. But that's exactly what our tester did with these mid-cuts, and afterward he said they were instantly comfortable …” Backpacker wrote in its gear guide.

The Editor's Choice Award for the Kailash GTX will be officially announced to the general public in Backpacker's April issue, on newsstands March 11. Given annually since 1993, the awards honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers.

Last year, SCARPA also took top honors in the same category in Backpacker's gear guide with its Mustang GTX midweight boot, named ‘Top All Around' midweight boot for 2007.

"This year's winners show that designers in our industry are really pushing the envelope in producing lighter, tougher, and smarter products,” says Backpacker editor-in-chief Jonathan Dorn. “As we found in field-testing, they're making it easier and more comfortable for anyone to get involved in trail activities. Adds gear editor Kristin Hostetter, who has spearheaded Backpacker's Editors' Choice testing for more than a decade: “These outstanding products should enjoy the same sterling track record as our past winners. Readers and retailers trust Backpacker's picks more than any other magazine's because our testing is unrivaled in its duration and intensity. Our unofficial gear-testing motto – we break stuff so you don't have to – says it all.”

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About SCARPA and SCARPA North America

Founded in 1938, SCARPA builds performance footwear for climbing, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, trail running and other outdoor pursuits from its headquarters in Asolo, Italy. SCARPA has been owned and operated by the Parisotto family since 1956. In 2005, SCARPA opened its North American headquarters in Boulder, Colo., staffed and directed by veterans of the North American outdoor industry, to oversee sales and marketing in the U.S. and Canada.

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