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Where Can I Buy the SCARPA Drago?

Aug. 31st 2016

Matty Hong takes a breath on Papichulo, 5.15a, at Oliana.

Matty Hong takes a breath on Papichulo, 5.15a, at Oliana.


The most anticipated shoe of 2016 is here. The new SCARPA Drago offers a new paradigm of sensitivity, feel, precision and performance. Looking to get your hands on a pair this fall? Limited quantities of this shoe will be available on SCARPA.com and at the following select retailers. Don’t see your local retailer here? Ask them to special order a pair for you. Better yet, ask them to range the Drago. It’s one badass shoe.

Matty Hong takes a breath on Papichulo, 5.15a, at Oliana.
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The SCARPA Drago has Arrived!

Aug. 31st 2016

The SCARPA Drago has arrived and just in time for fall sending season too. Crafted by legendary rock-shoe designer Heinz Mariacher and handmade in Italy in SCARPA’s state-of-the-art factory, the Drago is SCARPA’s most refined rock shoe to date. Sensitive, precise, and insanely sticky from heel to toe, the Drago has become the shoe of choice for many of the world’s top climbers. “I compete in the Drago because of its versatility. I feel like I can do any move with them,” says SCARPA athlete Sean McColl. “I’m a better climber with the Drago on my feet.” This shoe will win comps. It will take down steep, stubborn, and technical projects that require creative footwork. The Drago is at the leading edge of what’s possible in rock shoe design. With a limited stock now available at SCARPA.com and select SCARPA retailers, you will want to act fast to get your pair.

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Video: A – B Red Rock Bouldering

Apr. 12th 2016

Just some good quality climbing footage from SCARPA athlete Michael Rosato (@mikerosay) and several members of the SCARPA southeast grassroots team. Read the full story here.

A␥B from Michael Rosato on Vimeo.

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Michael Rosato works Monkey Bar Direct (V8).
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What Makes a Great Climbing Trip?

Apr. 12th 2016

Good friends, classic problems, and a relative lack of real-world responsibility: Bouldering trips are hard to beat. When several members of our Southeast grassroots team, Michael Rosato (@mikerosay), Al Smith, Keith Share (@sharekeith), Dan Horne, Billy Brown (@southernsteeze), Eric Eigner, and Kaitlyn Honnold (@khonnold), got together in Red Rock, Nevada, over New Year’s 2016, they worked about every problem they could get their hands on and put together a pretty sweet little edit of their trip. We asked the crew a few questions about their experience in one of America’s premiere climbing destinations. Here’s what they had to say.

Michael Rosato works Monkey Bar Direct (V8).

Michael Rosato works Monkey Bar Direct (V8).

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Dream Job: Heinz Mariacher Builds Your Rock Shoes

Jun. 4th 2014

Heinz Mariacher’s biggest impact on climbing might be on climbers’ feet—he’s the wizard behind many groundbreaking climbing shoe designs, and likely the only shoe designer most climbers know by name. But his beginnings in shoe design sprang from an intense passion for the sport, and the hard, bold routes he has climbed on the foreboding limestone peaks of Italy’s Dolomites.

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Meet The Family Instinct

Mar. 6th 2014

We had a vision. We wanted a set of climbing shoes to cover the spectrum of technical climbing, bouldering and everything in between. They would be shoes that could defeat any boulder problem, any steep overhang, any wall. They would edge, smear, toe in, but also stand alone. They would be a family of shoes.

Meet the family Instinct.

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Behind the Instinct VS

Jul. 16th 2013

An expert shoe for technical climbs, the SCARPA Instinct VS was crafted with hard sport routes and bouldering in mind. The Bi-Tension active rand works from the heel to toes, literally pulling the toes back so they don’t jam and crush into the front of the shoe. The toe and heel piece are separate from one another allowing the arch of your foot greater ability to flex and work your toe independently of your heel and vice versa. Power straps on the upper help you maintain a snug fit and eliminate the need to re-lace your shoes leading to faster and easier adjusting. Another feature that separates the Instinct VS from other climbing shoes is its light rubber material that keeps your feet from cramping and offers added comfort and flexibility in the upper. Learn more about the Instinct VS here.

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SCARPA’s Crux Canvas is Another Work of Art

Jul. 9th 2013

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.

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SCARPA’s “26,320 Days” Giveaway Ends with a Bang

Apr. 19th 2013

To wrap up our “26,320 Days” Facebook Giveaway, we’re  hooking up one fan plus a friend of their choice with a $300 gift card to Scarpa.com. To up the ante, we’ll give away a $500 gift card if we reach our goal of 26,320 fans by Thursday April 25th. Think how far 500 bucks worth of SCARPA gear can take you!

The goal of SCARPA’s Giveaway is to reach 26,320 fans. It might seem like a strange number but if you do the math, it’s the average number of days a human spends on earth and we want you to embrace every one of those days to the fullest ­– outside.

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Understanding Instinct: Introducing the new Instinct VS

Apr. 16th 2013

Winter has given way to Spring, and those with Instinct are shelving their AT boots for rock climbing shoes, and headed for the warmer climates to return to the sharp end. From sport crags to boulder fields, SCARPA’s Instinct VS is the tool for versatile precision and performance in a sophisticated package. “The Instinct models are my favorite and most used in the entire line,” says SCARPA athlete Sam Elias. “And though it’s called the Instinct VS, and is supposed to be an ‘Instinct,’ it’s truly a different shoe.”

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