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Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe
  • Scarpa Rapid Mid GTX Women Approach Shoe

Rapid Mid GTX Women

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Description

The approach shoe that offers support and protection at the ankle, thanks to the mid version. Rapid Mid GTX WMN is designed for moving fast on mountain terrain, even if it rains. Ideal for technical trails, when approaching the climbing wall, easy to attach to the harness and performing well on steep and fast descents. The last is studied for woman's foot.

Retail price

US$ 219.00

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Weight

Half Pair - size 38
300 grams (0 lb 10.5 oz)

Full Pair - size 38
600 grams (1 lb 5.1 oz)

Style

Style

Running

A running inspired shoe, designed to excel on technical trails. These shoes may have less rubber lasting and a smaller climbing zone on the sole but tend to be on the lighter and less bulky side of the spectrum, similar to a classic technical trail runner.


Casual

Great for flat ground, short approaches, and slabby scrambling. Casual approach shoes are great daily wear for folks that find themselves scrambling and hiking a lot in between trips to the crag and the grocery store.


Technical

A more rugged shoe with more lasting and typically a thicker sole. Made to handle the most technical terrain and talus fields. Technical shoes can also have more ankle coverage and waterproof coatings.

Technical
Volume

Volume

Size vs Gender

Volume refers to the overall sizing of the shoe in relation to the size of the foot from top to bottom and side to side. Many brands make a Mens/Unisex shoe and some have both a Men’s and Women’s model. Brands are slowly updating their language away from gender to Low/High volume -- recognizing that any person may have a high or low volume foot.

Low (women)
Closure

Closure

Flat Laces

Flat laces are found most often on casual or running shoes, as their low bulk helps with aesthetic and having a lower profile.


Cord Laces

Cord laces are found on the majority of approach shoes. Their rounded shape makes them more durable than flat laces and their woven structure makes them much stronger.


Webbing & Buckles

Though fairly uncommon, some approach shoes are made to be closed via a combination of threaded flat webbing and a tightening buckle.

Flat laces
Rise

Rise

Low vs Mid

The rise of an approach shoe mostly affects the support and coverage of the ankle but can also limit articulation and range of motion. Most approach shoes have a low rise. A mid rise should be chosen when scrambling through large loose scree or boulder fields is a regular need or when in wet or snowy environments where slippery surfaces can benefit from more ankle support.

Mid
Features

Features

Climbing Zone

The climbing zone is a quintessential part of an approach shoe; without it, we consider a shoe a hiker or trail runner. The climbing zone is a flat or flattened area of the sole directly beneath the toes on every approach shoe. This zone is specifically designed to not have lugs for grip and instead is intended for smearing and edging on rock during an approach to a technical climb. Some manufacturers add splits or shallow texture to this zone, but it is not lugged as in a traditional hiker.


Foldable Heel

A foldable heel is designed to flatten into the shoe so it may be slid on and off easily similar to a clog or a croc. This is becoming more common with newer models and is most likely to be seen in casual shoes than hiking or running.


Low Toe Lacing

Low toe lacing is a feature where the closure of the approach shoe extends greatly towards the toes as compared to traditional hiking shoes. This will most usually be an extra 3-5 extra lacings across the shoe that are usually partially across the knuckles of the toes. The advantage of lacing extending this low is that it allows a greater tightening of the shoe around the toes when terrain requires technical footwork like slab climbing or crack jamming.


Stowable

An approach shoe with this feature either has a built-in elastic or webbing or an accessory strap or band that is designed to connect the shoes to each other when they aren’t worn. This allows them to be hung from a harness or bag on a multipitch climb. This is fairly uncommon and usually found on light-weight shoes.


Vegan

Since there is no standard in the shoe industry for what exactly qualifies a shoe as ‘Vegan’, we only list this if the manufacturer has stated it in the product description.


Waterproof

Refers to an applied coating or material technology that either makes a shoe resistant or impervious to water. Not every manufacturer tests waterproofing in the same way so this can be difficult to compare. We list items as ‘Waterproof’ when the manufacturer states they have one or more of these technologies.

Climbing Zone
Waterproof
Sizing EU: 36 - 42 (half sizes) ­
Materials & Construction Upper: Mesh / PU / Micro Nubuck

Midsole: 3D EVA-CM ­

Insole / Liner: Ortholite® strobel and footbed

Sole: Vibram® Agility / Megagrip ­
Scarpa GORE-TEX®

GORE-TEX®

GORE-TEX® membrane contains over 9 billion microscopic pores which are approximately 20,000 time smaller than a drop of water, but 700 times bigger than a molecule of moisture vapor. So while water in it's liquid state can't penetrate the GORE-TEX membrane, the boot still remains breathable.

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