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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.

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Rapid Ascent: Introducing SCARPA’s Rapid LT

Mar. 19th 2013

Peak bagging has its own set of rigors and expectations. Beginning at the trailhead, you move with enthusiastic purpose to the objective. Through treed trails you zigzag beside a shaded creek bed. Closer to the crag, you leave the well-worn single track for an incipient climber’s path, then through scree, rubble and finally to the summit. For many people this is the allure of the mountains; the constant changing environment, the challenges, the cruxes, the slog—all of it combine to create those notable days in the hills. And that’s what we want from the Rapid LT.

Based off the chassis of the award-winning Spark, the Rapid LT is a light, nimble alpine hiking shoe that can handle techy terrain with confidence, giving you the comfort and support of an approach shoe but with the svelte maneuverability of a trail runner. The 7mm drop (from heel to toe), low profile compression molded EVA midsole provides cushion and agility when moving over broken terrain or rocky single track. The randed rubber toebox and Speed Lite HDR rubber outsole offer protection, traction and grip for more slabby encounters inherent in mountain travel.

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