Critically acclaimed and award winning, the Vapor family is a perfect way to breathe new life into your climbing day. Quite often, improving climbers don't want to stray too far from tried and tested shoes, but increasingly they want to experiment on different types of terrain. SCARPA appreciates the opportunities that alternative versions of shoes with similar basic designs can unlock. The single piece synthetic upper promotes a new concept in comfort, and minimal stitching eliminates "hot spots". The full length outsole and increased stiffness are matched with Vibram® XS Edge rubber to offer the most supportive lace up in the entire climbing collection. The Vapor lace is built on the same last and utilizes the same Active Rand as the Vapor V, complimenting its softer relative extremely well.
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|Weight|| 215 g|
Single : 215 g / 7.6 oz (Size 40)
European sizes 34-46, 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....
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face|
|Last Details|| Shape: Arched (technical)|
Last : FR Scarpa considers last information super top secret so we can’t define the last types further than the initials FR. 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||1.8 mm Microsuede|
|Midsole Material||1.0 mm Flexan|
|Sole Material|| 3.5 mm XS EDGE|
Vibram® XS Edge
The Mt Blanc Escalade wall is known for having very small footholds and insecure smears, so it was going to be a good test for the shoe. In short, I was impressed. The shoe felt a bit bigger than I was used to, but when I learnt to trust it, I found it extremely stiff and precise. The fit is so comfortable, it just seems to wrap around my foot and the laces make it nicely adjustable.
The bottom line is I love these shoes. When it comes time to buy a new pair or think about getting them resoled, I'm definitely going to consider these strongly and it's going to take a VERY good pair of shoes to get me to stray away from them. Indoor, outdoor, bouldering or sport climbing, these shoes really can tackle it all. What more could you really ask for in a pair of climbing shoes?
This shoe comes close to being a jack-of-all trades; it performs at a high level on a variety of rock types and angles. It’s a favorite for climbing in places like Eldorado Canyon, where I have to be able to jam cracks, smear on subtle slopers, and stand on tiny edges. Some people like a slightly aggressive, downturned shoe for climbing hard cracks; I’d recommend armoring the outer toes with a little shoe goo for this purpose.
Overall I think the Vapors are a very good shoe for technical edging and climbing longer routes where comfort is important. These could also make a great moderate alpine climbing shoe if sized appropriately. They are very light and comfortable which is ideal for bringing into the mountains. I am curious to try the Vapors out in Indian Creek this fall to test out their durability and crack climbing ability. Stay tuned!
A great all-round technical shoe that provides exceptional performance in a very comfortable package. Whether a beginner or expert, if you have a medium to wide foot and want a versatile shoe that fits well and ups your game look no further. For all you Katana fans, the Vapor is similar but less expensive so you should check them out.
After using these shoes extensively the last couple of months, my only criticism is that I’ve worn through the rubber pretty quickly, which was a bit surprising for the usually quite durable XS Edge. It’s possible that because it’s only 3.5mm, instead of the typical 4mm found on most edging shoes, there wasn’t as much to begin with. Or maybe I just climbed a lot.