The new Scarpa Manta keeps much of the heritage of its older brothers but has been made a lot lighter. They trimmed about 10% of the weight (bringing it down to just under 1,700g) by moving to a new sole and midsole. They’ve also really beefed up the protection by giving it a really generous rubber rand all the way around that will help protect the leather from getting cut or scuffed on sharp rocks.
The new Manta also uses the new GSB binging system, which stands for Grivel-Scarpa Binding). This is a great mechanism for attachtaching crampons but it is not a universal system. If you buy a crampon that is designed for this mechanism you can’t use it on other boots that are not compatible.
This boot is designed specificially to take the Grivel Air Tech New Matic GSB, which really fits well and won’t pop off. It has also won a whole bunch of awards since including a couple more from Trail MagazineUpdate ends — back to the rest of the original 2005 article below:
Unfortunately you can’t read Trail Magazine online so you’ll have to buy the magazine to get the full report.