Pretty expensive but lightweight, tough and really capable long days on the hills
After initial concerns about the rather fragile looking BOA fastening system some years ago, I have to confess I am now a big fan. I’ve tested three different pairs of shoes with BOA dials, and the system has consistently outlived the shoe itself, working perfectly until they they’re pretty much falling off my feet.
So, it was good to see it in place on the Shr-alp, bringing all the benefits of easy fastening and release, plus one-handed tweaking from the saddle if need be.
The BOA fastening works by just twisting the knob clockwise to draw the wire in, tightening the shoe. Twist the opposite way to loosen, or pull out to quick release the whole thing. A short Velcro strap across the bottom of the BOA nipped everything up nicely.
Mesh panels kept the air flowing for decent ventilation, and while that also meant water poured in at will, it also poured out fast too, and the shoe dried quickly even on the move. This was also helped by the lack of thick padding — it was all fairly austere in that department — but it was still well-fitted and comfortable over long periods.
I liked the high inside cuff, which prevented knocks to the anklebone when things got rough, and the tough heel cup and toe protection reinforced the Shr-alp’s mountain credentials. While the tread isn’t very deep, or aggressive, the compound is pretty sticky, and it’s combined with a mid-stiffness sole offering just enough flex to tackle rocky hikes without too many slips and curses.
The Scott Shr-alp RS is pretty expensive, but it’s lightweight, tough and a really capable shoe for long days on the hills.