A few years back a little known Italian artist named Leonardo da Vinci used canvas as the backdrop for a portrait he called the Mona Lisa—you might have heard of it. Well, the Italian SCARPA family liked the idea of art built upon canvas, and decided to use the material to create their own three-dimensional masterpiece. They call it the Canvas Crux.
Designed off the same template as the handsome, high-performing Crux approach shoe, the Crux Canvas is very much the Crux in spirit—only it excels in warmer conditions thanks to the canvas upper material. It employs the same Kevlar ribcage reinforcements for climbing precision, securing the foot, and minimizing slop when you need it. Also, the lacing begins at the toe for a snug fit and the low profile frame make it utterly stable in technical terrain. “The lacing system is awesome,” says SCARPA athlete Kevin Wilkinson. “They snug up easily, giving you a good, secure feeling.”
Microporous EVA provides substantial cushion for long hours in the hills while toe randing rounds out the protective qualities necessary for a durable approach shoe. “I have been able to test them for a few weeks now,” says Wilkinson, “[and] from what I have seen, they are holding up and are well built.”
Like da Vanci, much of the Crux Canvas’ artistry comes from the sole. The low profile Vibram® Vertical Approach sole is designed for maximum sensitivity for moving over fifth class slabs, easier alpine routes, as well as mitigating loose terrain on the descent. The toe-edging platform is smooth for confident edging on steeps, while the sparse tread pattern embraces broken terrain with aplomb. “The shoe is very soft and sticky,” says Wilkinson, “making them great for scrambling.”
Like many pieces of SCARPA art, the Crux Canvas is made with recycled polyester lining, as well as the planet friendly EVA midsole, which breaks down much more quickly after the lifetime of the shoe.
Italian mastery has come in many forms since the Renaissance. The materials haven’t changed much, other than the art we choose to create. SCARPA’s Crux Canvas is a testament to tradition while expanding the limits of art to include performance.