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Celebrating the Climb: Vitamin, Tech Ascent & Techno X

Aug. 14th 2014

Leaving the trail is only the first step. Boulders, talus, scree and slabs often make up the landscape that lies between our beloved rock climbing and our feet. For that, we know it’s best to have friction. Whatever the mountaineering objective, SCARPA wants you to scramble with confidence every step of the way.

Photo credit: David Allfrey

That’s why we’ve produced three category-defining shoes—two approach and one climbing shoe—that are born from decades of experience and crafted through a culture that attends to detail like no other. The result: efficient, strong and comfortable shoes that will deliver you to the base of potential glory.

SCARPA Vitamin

Response from climbing and mountain guides in the Dolomites has inspired the Vitamin, the right tool when you need a single shoe for a long approach, followed by a technical climb and descent. From the ground up, the Vitamin employs SCARPA’s exclusive Vibram Vertical Approach sole, which climbs more effectively and provides better traction for descending loose terrain. The architecture continues with a polyurethane midsole that is more shock-absorbing than EVA Foam. The dual-density construction strategically places softer materials that work best for walking, and puts firmer material in specific locations for climbing performance and durability. The shoes’ uppers include suede construction that molds to the foot for a phenomenal fit, which is bolstered by asymmetric lacing down to the toe for precision and control, and a durable stretch material in the ankle collar for comfort. Add a Cocona lining for moisture management and odor resistance, and the Vitamin maintains an edge on civility as well.

SCARPA Tech Ascent

Many working mountain guides like the protection and support of a mid-cut approach shoe. The Tech Ascent fits the bill when extra support is required for a long approach and moderate rock climbing. A board-lasted shoe, the Tech Ascent supports the ankles, but is surprisingly light and nimble on the rock, making them ideal for smearing, scrambling and shouldering heavier loads in tweaky terrain. The midsole is dual-density polyurethane, a design that delivers good shock absorption, yet still retains sensitivity to climb well. The shoe employs SCARPA’s exclusive new Vibram Vertical approach sole, which climbs more effectively, while providing better support and friction when negotiating looser terrain, both on the way up and down. The suede construction molds to the foot over time, and features Gore-Tex for weather protection. Asymmetric lacing down to the toe also provides an excellent fit for precision placement and sensitivity.

SCARPA Techno X

Finally, when it’s time to rope up, SCARPA has the Techno X. From face climbing on dime edges to splitter cracks or smearing on slabs, the Techno X is a performance-driven rock shoe offering substantial all-day support. This flat-lasted shoe employs SCARPA’s bi-tension active rands, which direct power to the front of the shoe without sacrificing all-day comfort. Upper construction combines suede with key areas of microsuede synthetic leather that conforms to your foot but won’t stretch out over time, resulting in a high-performance shoe that handles long days on the sharp end. The toe rands offer excellent coverage and protection that’ll handle scumming, and uses Vibram XS Edge, a firm rubber that excels on climbing thin edges and cracks.

A long day of climbing is much more than the route itself. The approach, climb and descent are three parts of a greater journey. Happy climbing!

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