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SCARPA Vapor V and Crux Approach: A Winning Combo

Apr. 13th 2015

Our approach to climbing is simple. Enter the Crux and Vapor V, a rock climber’s conquering combo. Talented in their own realms, the approach shoe and all-around climber are an ideal pair, whether hiking into the crag or setting bigger sights on multi-pitch mountain climbs that include route finding, scrambling, belayed climbs and long slogs back to the car. Together they are the archetypal footwear package that provides climbers the maximum sensitivity, comfort and performance for the myriad scenarios played out in the rocky hills.

David Allfrey climbs in his SCARPA Vapor V on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley.

David Allfrey climbing in his Vapor Vs on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley. Photo credit: Austin Siadak

Beginning at the trailhead, the Crux is ready for whatever comes on the way to the climb: single track, boulder fields, talus, brush gullies, and scree. Its suede uppers have Kevlar ribcage reinforcements for climbing precision by securing the forefoot and minimizing slop when it counts. Like a rock shoe, the lacing system begins at the toe for a snug fit, and the low profile framework make it stout and stable through a variety of technical terrain.

Below your digits, the Crux features a microporous EVA midsole that provides substantial cushion for long hours on your feet while toe randing rounds out the protective qualities necessary for a durable approach shoe. The Vibram® Vertical Approach sole is designed for maximum sensitivity for moving over 5th class slabs, easier alpine routes, as well as mitigating loose terrain on the descent.

Once you’ve reached the vertical wilderness, swap out the Crux for the Vapor V rock shoe, a versatile ally for slabs, cracks, technical face climbs, pumpy boulder problems, and daylong comfort. The V is constructed asymmetrically with a slightly downturned fit and dual powerstrap closure. The stretch, gusseted airmesh tongue maximizes comfort on hotter days without sacrificing performance, and the ultra-grabby Vibram® XS Edge rubber sole doesn’t stretch in hot temps either, and maintains its resistance to plastic distortion to hold its edge when you need it most in hotter environments.

However your days of climbing take shape, the Crux and Vapor V will provide a broad spectrum of versatile performance for just about any off trail pursuit that lead into the vertical wilds.

More on the SCARPA Vapor V

Introducing the New SCARPA Vapor V from SCARPA North America on Vimeo.

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