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Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe

Instinct S



My vote: None ( 3.9 avg )


As the name suggests, the new instinct slipper inspires the climber to follow their instinct, allowing fast and precise foot placements in any direction thanks to its “straight forward“, down turned last shape.

Retail price

US$ 165.00

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Weight 200 g

Single : 200 g / 7.05 oz (Size 40)
Pair : 400 g / 14.11 oz (Size 40 )
(we converted grams to ounces)

Closure Type Slipper
Gender Unisex
Volume ­
Sizing Information European sizes 34-45, including half sizes.

From your measured size, you'll want to consider downsizing .5 - 2 full sizes. The flatter the shoe, the closer to your measured size; the more downturned / aggressive the shoe, the more you'll want to downsize....

PDF icon Scarpa-Shoe-Size-Chart_4.pdf
Best Use (Highest Performance) Sport / Face
Asymmetry Moderate
Last Details Shape: Arched (technical)
­Last : FQ Scarpa considers last information super top secret so we can’t define the last types further than the initials FQ. But, if you find a Scarpa shoe that fits, any Scarpa shoes with the same last initials will fit your foot in a very similar way.
Upper Material ­MICROSUEDE
Midsole Material ­Flexan
Sole Material 3.5 mm VIBRAM® XS Grip2
Rand: Bi-Tension
Footbed Lining ­
Bi-Tension System Technology

Bi-Tension System

Innovative concept of active midsole adapting to the footshape while loading and unloading bodyweight to the forefoot area, for the best power transmission. The B-TENSION system supports the arch and forefoot area without taking away sensitivity.
VIBRAM® XS Grip2 Technology


Represents the natural evolution of VIBRAM® XS Grip, the new XS Grip2 delivers highly improved grip, while maintaining consistent performance in all temperatures. XS Grip 2 is the best solution in pure friction situations while remaining durable and even-wearing.
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Scarpa Performance Line 2016
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Chicks With Picks Gear Review no rating given just a review

SCARPA has really made something for everyone with this shoe in three different styles.  A unique feature that they all share is SCARPA’s patent pending Bi-Tension rand.  This innovative use of the rand acts like a reverse slingshot, pulling power from the toes rather than jamming them forward.  The rand anchors under the toe box, giving focused power and a surprising amount of comfort.  Another plus they all share is a minimal amount of rubber compared to many rock shoes, making them quite light.  Asymmetrical toe boxes make these bad boys edging machines and a slightly downturned toe gives them power for pulling.

Rock and Ice Gear Review no rating given just a review

I found both models to be confidence-boosting performers, especially on vitreous limestone smears and rounded sandstone edges. The slipper was both a sensitive and powerful edging shoe. The lace-up shoe was great at edging, and was a more reliable heel-hooker. Despite being sized snugly, the slipper often failed on more demanding heel-grappling situations such as The Buddha (V6) at the Gunks.

Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

The asymmetric, downturned Instinct grabs holds on the steeps better than any shoe in this review. The substantial and semi-stiff midsole also enables precise edging—a quality you don’t normally find in a slipper. Generous rubber atop the toe box provides excellent toe hooking, jamming, and scumming. Fit them tight and you’ll also get superior heel hooking—another quality normally reserved for lace-ups or Velcros. Made with 3mm Vibram XS Grip2 rubber and a Lorica upper, the Instinct is Scarpa’s most sensitive shoe. They hold their shape over time, so expect them to stretch half a size at most. One seasoned tester summed up the Instinct when he called them the “best, most versatile slippers I’ve ever climbed in, hands down.”