In its annual Spring trail-running footwear guide, which came out this week, Runner’s World Magazine named SCARPA’s Spark trail runner as ‘Best Debut’ in new trail shoes for 2012.
“The shoe offers impressive protection from sharp trail obstacles, thanks to a plate under the forefoot and wide overlays at the base of the upper,” Runner’s World wrote. “With all that, the shoe weighs just 9.7 ounces … Bottom Line: A lightweight trainer ideal for steep, shale-covered trails.”
SCARPA has been well-known for hiking, backpacking, skiing, mountaineering and rock climbing footwear for some time, and first developed a line of trail runner’s four years ago. Each year it’s expanded the collection and in 2012 it introduced four new models – including the men’s and women’s Spark – driven by its ‘Mountain Minimal’ philosophy. SCARPA Mountain Minimal strives to build very lightweight trail shoes, but footwear that still retains a sufficient level of midsole cushioning and sole traction for true mountain running in rugged terrain.
“At SCARPA, we build the highest-performance mountain footwear, whether that’s for the trail, rock, snow or ice, and we’ve invested a lot in the last four years in making sure our trail-running program competes right up there at the same level as our ski boots and hiking footwear,” said Mark Mathews, Director of Sales and Summer Product Development for SCARPA North America. “So we’re obviously gratified to see North America’s most widely read running magazine recognize the work we’ve put into developing the Spark.”