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.
Geared for the long haul, the Tempo is ultimately more protective. It has more synthetic leather, as well as welded TPU “ribs” on the upper for a bit more structure and protection. By minimizing lateral play of the forefoot, not only does it mitigate potential hot spots and blisters, it raises performance and longevity. This is pivotal on rocky terrain, where pinpoint accuracy and quick rebound can be the difference between a seemingly deft foot placement and a potentially hazardous ankle roll or washout.
When we’re out for long mileage, the last thing we want to think about is managing our footsteps. We want to focus on the quietness of breath, the sweeping ridges, meadows of mountain flowers. None of this can be done while we’re staring at our feet, hoping we don’t misstep and ruin our summer.
Any runner who’s unwittingly landed on oblong stones or sharp rocks knows the value of midsole protection. The Tempo’s forefoot plate is High-density EVA rather than fabric, for more underfoot protection, which can be considered a lifesaver when you’re five miles from the trailhead. And to cap if off, the toe box has a firmer reinforcement than the Spark. Longer running objectives tend to tire us out, our footsteps tend to lose their spring, and stubbing toes can become a reality if we’re not careful. The Tempo’s reinforced toe gives peace of mind to stalwart trail runners who measure runs in hours as much as miles.