The Maverick is a comfortable and versatile all-rounder that offers a good amount of support without being overly bulky. There’s a comfortable amount of flex in the toe and no heel lift or wiggle, which translates into all-day comfort and a feeling of security underfoot.

The boot is slimline externally and sightlines are good, but there’s still (just) enough volume inside for a second pair of liner socks. I can find the Scarpa last a little narrow for my wedge-shaped feet, but not so with the Mavericks – there was plenty of room to wiggle my toes on descent. The heel and mid sole unit provides enough cushioning without removing all feedback underfoot and there’s an encouraging amount of lateral support too – useful for carrying larger loads on uneven ground.

Grip from a relatively soft rubber sole unit is excellent. Lacing is simple with cleats to finish and the boot is mid cut with a minimal rubber toe bumper. The outer fabric does wet out but my feet stayed dry, if a little cool, under the Gore-Tex membrane. All in all, this is something of a ‘Goldilocks’ boot. As with most synthetic fabric hiking boots, I’d be wary about durability, but would have no reservation in choosing this for shoulder season weekend trips.



Supportive and non-bulky, the Scarpa Maverick GTX performed well in David Lintern’s best walking boots guide