We know the drill. A long, hot summer session results in some serious shoe funk so you throw your shoes in the trunk. Then you hit your favorite restaurant for grub or watering hole for a drink. Before too long, someone suggests a cruiser ride, and you decide to just unpack from climbing the next morning. Bad idea. Everything lovely about summer, the sun, the heat, the dryness will trash your climbing shoes. Here are a few tips care for your rock shoes during the hot months. Sending temps are almost here.
The first time a climber pushes off the ground and ascends into the vertical can be a life-changing experience. Instincts fire, movements refine, and the climber experiences a feeling that’s both unsettling and completely natural. It’s addicting. This feeling has drawn thousands to climbing in recent years and helped build the critical mass needed to support countless state-of-the-art gyms around the country. With this explosion of growth SCARPA recognized that it needed a shoe that would appeal to the masses of new climbers exploring the gym and the rock for the first time. So SCARPA’s legendary rock-shoe designer Heinz Mariacher went to work. The result is the new SCARPA Origin, an $89 (USD) rock shoe that’s edgy and supportive in all the right places, while offering an approachable and super comfy fit.
The New SCARPA Origin. ($89 USD)
For some people, putting on a rock shoe can be similar to putting on a ski boot – it can take some effort. But, knowing how to first properly size, and – then – how to properly put on a rock shoe, can make all the difference.
There’s a correct way to put on rock shoes, you say? Indeed there is, and it’ll help you get the longest life out of your shoes. In this short video, SCARPA’s Climbing Line Product Manager Heinz Mariacher demonstrates how to properly fit and put on a rock shoe.
“The concept is as easy as nailing a piece of rubber to a barn door,” says Heinz Mariacher, SCARPA’s storied shoe designing prophet, or – more formally – climbing line manager.
But don’t let his casual theorizing about what he calls ‘Active Randing’ fool you. There’s more going on than Mariacher would lead you to believe. After all, the guy’s had a one-track focus on climbing shoes for well over three decades.
So what is Active Randing? And what difference does it make in SCARPA’s rock shoes?
Said (somewhat) simply, Mariacher’s concept of Active Randing employs rubber rands that wrap around the shoe in different configurations (for different types of climbing), designed to support climbers’ feet in the movements critical to climbing at top levels. These active rands are tensioned in ways that engage and disengage to support the foot, storing and re-releasing energy. They dynamically adapt to the foot while it loads and unloads body weight, effectively storing and releasing power—similar to the way a barn door slams shut with a rubber tether.
Visually, you can see it SCARPA’s rock shoes. If you look at, say, a Vapor V or an Instinct, the shoes have structure that makes them look like there’s a foot in them when there isn’t. Active rands give the shoe that structure. They also do a lot more that you can’t see, but you can feel … Continue reading...
As winter transitions to spring here in the Colorado front range, and thoughts turn more and more to the rock, we were excited here at SCARPA to find out this week that one of the more unique rock shoes in our collection, the Instinct S, received an Editor’s Choice from Urban Climber Magazine. The award is outlined in its 2011 spring gear guide, which just hit the streets. Continue reading...