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SCARPA Answers Your Top Five Product Questions

May. 15th 2015

We talked with our fantastic customer service team here at SCARPA North America about the most frequently asked questions they get from customers. Take a look below to see if some of their answers will help you figure out what approach shoe to buy, how to take care of your SCARPA boots, and how you can get some free stickers sent right to your door.

So what makes an approach shoe…an approach shoe?

Approach shoes are essentially the most comfortable rock shoes you will ever wear. Designed for scrambling, technical approaches, and low-grade climbing, they have especially sticky soles and rubber toe rands for overall better traction on rock. Different types of approach shoes are developed to meet a range of needs and conditions.

The Scarpa Tech Ascent GTX is the true alpinist’s companion. Designed for all-mountain performance and long approaches on varied terrain, it is mid-cut for ankle support and waterproof thanks to a GORE-TEX lining.

The Scarpa Vitamin is long-lasting thanks to its stiff and durable Dual-Density PU midsole which handles gravel, dirt and rock on the approach and sticks to slabby sections and edges capably when you need it for low-grade climbing.

The Scarpa Crux has the same Vibram® Vertical Approach sticky sole as the Tech Ascent and the Vitamin, but the Dual-Density EVA midsole makes it more lightweight and comfortable. Go with the Crux Canvas for enhanced breathability on hot summer days.

What is the difference between the Kinesis Pro and SL Activ?

The Kinesis has a GORE-TEX Performance Comfort lining that offers durable waterproof protection which helps keep feet warm and dry. The SL Activ has a Cocona comfort lining which manages moisture and dries quickly but isn’t waterproof.

What boot do you recommend for wildland firefighters (and why)?

The Fuego is the most popular choice for wildland firefighting. It meets the minimum qualifications with an 8 inch cuff, all-leather upper and Vibram sole. There’s no rubber randing to melt or scorch, and the higher cuff supports the ankle, which is key with extra gear on your back or on unpredictable ground.

fire man on forest fire     

How do I care for my boots?

Here are some quick tips and general rules:

  • Always rinse off mud and dirt with plain water
  • Remove stubborn dirt with a sponge, damp cloth, or brush
  • Dry your boots naturally over time in a cool, dry place with good air circulation (never force dry your boots using heat, as this will damage the leather uppers)
  • Regularly treat them with a suitable waterproofing treatment applicable to the type of boots you have

Could you send me some stickers?

YES! Please send a self addressed stamped envelope to:
Scarpa – Stickers
3550 Frontier Ave, Unit E
Boulder, CO 80301

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