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Keeping the Spark Alive: The SCARPA Spark GTX

May. 14th 2013

Slowly, mountain run-off and latent winter storms give way to spring weather. But it’s never easy. This time of year it’s a crapshoot to predict trail conditions. Morning squalls drop an inch (or more) of snow, leaving intermediate wet zones, slippery corners and Oh, shi-! moments in the event of a misstep. Nevertheless, when the sun starts taunting us through office windows the urge to seek out our favorite single track pulls from every direction. It’s ironically frustrating.


Men’s Spark GTX

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What’s your Tempo? SCARPA’s every day trail running tool

Jun. 19th 2012

Single Track. It’s the muse of the trail runner, slithering, undulating, and leading us not only into the woods but also through our own personal wilderness. Long trail runs can be hypnotizing, and whatever tempo we take, the rewards leave us longing for another day in the hills. SCARPA knows this, hence the Tempo, the all-purpose tool for the trail.

The Tempo belongs to the same family as the award-winning Spark, but its slightly stouter build makes it better equipped for bigger forays into the wilds. Both shoes embody SCARPA’s Mountain Minimal ethos, which strips away excess materials but retains the necessary structural integrity for protective, high performance fit and feel trail running shoes. Think of the Tempo for training, and the Spark for racing.

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SCARPA Planet Friendly program now covers trail runners, light hikers

Sep. 20th 2011

SCARPA Planet FriendlyAs far as companies are concerned, ‘going green’ is essentially about making a smaller mess, using and re-using waste, and simultaneously lowering their carbon footprint as much as possible in a world of consumptive excess. And while no company is perfect, SCARPA has been making strides in its proactive campaign, dubbed its Planet Friendly initiative,  to make the best technical gear possible using materials and practices that also help us all reach a greener goal.

Already, we’ve made progress in our Alpine Touring and Telemark ski boot line using Rnew Pebax shells made from castor oil, which is 90 percent plant-based oil rather than being derived from petroluem. Several boot models, including the award-winning Maestrale, use Rnew as its secret ingredient, which requires 29 percent less fossil fuels and puts out 32 percent fewer emissions in the process of taking Rnew from raw to useable material. What’s left is the same high-end performance (slightly higher performance, in fact) with a smaller carbon footprint.

In the last year-plus, SCARPA has extended its Planet Friendly program to include five models of trail runners and light hikers. The Pursuit and Pursuit GTX (trail runners), the Epic (hiking/approach shoe built on a trail runner chassis) and the Moraine and Moraine GTX (light hikers) incorporate ‘Planet Friendly’ materials choices. Using mesh, synthetic leather, lining, webbing, laces and rubber that are between 25 and 100 percent recycled content, as well as EcoPure in the midsoles so they biodegrade more quickly under landfill conditions, these specific SCARPA products set a higher standard in supporting low-impact technology.

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