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 climbing in his Vapor Vs on Free Rider (5.12b) in Yosemite Valley. Photo credit: Austin Siadak Continue reading...
The Vapor V’s power starts under the front of the shoe with Bi-tension Active Rands that direct power to key parts of the shoe to offer higher performance paired with better comfort than a traditional slingshot rand.
On the toe box, the Vapor V uses synthetic microsuede, which stretches without stretching out. Underfoot, a Vibram XS Edge sole balances superb grip with durability.
At home in a variety of more technical climbing situations, the Vapor V embodies SCARPA and Climbing Line Manager Heinz Mariacher’s philosophy of using active-tensioned rands to consistently improve performance while also making rock shoes more comfortable.
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Rifle has always held a reputation as the place in Colorado for hard sport climbing. With clinics, demos, and countless routes it’s no surprise the Rifle Climbing Festival hosted by apparel brand, prAna, drew over 300 moderate, advanced, and elite level climbers.
Battling major temperature swings – from the low 40’s at night to 100 degrees mid-day – attendees warmed up on 5.11 climbs, switching to 5.12 and 5.13s for the rest of the day.
SCARPA’s demo selection of trailrun, approach, and climb shoes went quickly as everyone awoke with the sun, eager to hit the crags. SCARPA climber, Sam Elias was there to explain the uses and benefits of each shoe to those interested. Continue reading...
An expert shoe for technical climbs, the 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.
Put on your Lumberjack attire, tighten your harness, and get ready for the 8th annual Squamish Mountain Festival (SQUMF) July 17 through 21 in British Columbia. Less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver lies one of B.C.’s world-renown climbing destinations and for five days, the area known as Squamish will be filled with climbing experts, boulderers and all-around crag-cravers.
Hosted by Arc’teryx, SQUFM offers an opportunity to inspire, unite, and celebrate the sport of climbing with others who share the same passion for a life on the rocks. Several types of climbing and bouldering clinics put on by professional guides and pro athletes, gear demos, themed parties, and off-the-rocks activities draw crowds from all over B.C. and the northwestern US. Continue reading...
When dangling from a rock wall, hundreds of feet above the earth’s surface with nothing more than a harness, ropes, and some bolts, there’s nothing more vital than having full control over your next move. This is where the SCARPA Boostic comes into play. This professional rock shoe designed by Heinz Mariacher, provides toe power and precision in vertical and overhanging terrain. Intended to provide maximum edging and maneuverability, the Boostic features SCARPA’s Vibram XS Edge for ultimate grip and durability. Combined with a stretchable upper made with micro suede and leather, the Boostic is an easy-on / easy-off shoe that fits most feet types. Additionally, the SCARPA V-Tension active rand pulls tension from the forefoot backward to provides you with the power and accuracy needed to make your next move without experiencing pain.
Arltey Goodhart has been an invaluable member of the SCARPA team for four years in the warranty department and is currently studying pathology and microbiology. He enjoys most styles of climbing – everything from from big wall to bouldering but big climbs that require full commitment and persistence are what he finds most rewarding.
Ah, springtime. Everything is fresh, new and the climbing temps are nothing short of perfect. As a student, spring grants me time to finally venture to the climbing spots I’ve had my eye on for the past semester. For me, springtime equals an agenda of multi-sport days that include climbing, running and biking. Continue reading...
Forces only exist as a result of an interaction. Whenever there’s an interaction between two objects—a climber and a sheer rock face, for instance—there’s a force upon each of the objects. Contact forces are the types of forces that result when the two interacting objects are perceived to be physically contacting each other. So, it’s simple science that we’d make a versatile, can-do shoe that fully embraces the laws of physics; thus, the Force X. Continue reading...
To celebrate spring and summer and to ensure you’re spending as much time climbing and running as possible, SCARPA has launched our “26,320” month-long giveaway.
Over the next four weeks, SCARPA is hosting four product giveaways on our Facebook page. Simply head over to facebook.com/scarpana and click the “26,320 Giveaway” button in our Tabs menu to unlock your entry.
Why 26,320? It’s roughly the amount of days you have on Earth and it’s a symbolic reminder for making sure you spend as many of them as possible in the mountains. It’s also a benchmark number for our Facebook community; we have currently just fewer than 25,000 Likes. We would love for you to share the SCARPA page with your friends and grow our community to 26,320 and beyond.
Starting today with the new Spark GTX trail running shoe (for men and women) giveaway, a new contest will start each consecutive Tuesday until April 20. Fans will have the opportunity to win our newest Trail, Approach, and Climbing shoes.
Fans are encouraged to share the SCARPA contest with friends because we’re giving away a pair of shoes to one winner + a friend of their choice each week. Good luck! Continue reading...