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  • Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe
  • Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe

Instinct VSR


My vote: None ( 5.4 avg )


A more supple version of our award-winning Instinct VS, the Instinct VSR features Vibram® Grip2 rubber and a more snug fit across the top of the forefoot, with the same form-fitting, sock-style fit and a lightly asymmetrical last that excels across the spectrum of hard climbing. Perfectly suited to lighter climbers.

Retail price

US$ 209.00

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Weight 460 g

Single : 230 g / 8.11 oz (Size 40)
Pair : 460 g / 16.23 oz (Size 40 )
(we converted grams to ounces)

Closure Type Slipper 1 Velcro closure
Gender Unisex
Volume ­
Sizing Information European sizes 35-44, 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.

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Best Use (Highest Performance) Sport / Face
Asymmetry Moderate
Tongue Details not provided by the brand
Last Details Shape: Downturned (performance)
Construction: not provided by the brand
Last : FV Scarpa considers last information super top secret so we can’t define the last types further than the initials FV. 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 not provided by the brand  MICROSUEDE
Midsole Material 1.0 mm  Flexan
Sole Material 3.5 mm  Vibram® XS Grip 2
Rand: Bi-Tension
Footbed Lining not provided by the brand
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.
Other Shoe Versions male female

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Climbing Shoe Review logo rating 9/10

In my opinion, a shoe like the Instinct VSR is the closest thing you can get to a sport and bouldering all arounder right now; soft enough to allow for flexibility to adapt to angles above and below vertical,  enough support to stick smaller edges, and the sensitivity you need to get the read on how secure your foot placements feel.

Rock and Ice Gear Review no rating given just a review

When taking the Instinct VSRs outside, I found that they performed well on both super steep and slightly overhanging, off-vertical terrain. As mentioned, the soft rubber proved to be ideal on more technical routes, where proper weight placement on small footholds is critical. I noticed this particularly while climbing polished limestone in Rifle. The downturned angle of the shoe is perfect for the really steep stuff though too, as it helps you to to really “grab” footholds in an overhang.

Rock and Run Gear Review no rating given just a review

Overall if you’re looking for a relatively comfy well-fitting technical shoe I would definitely recommend the Instinct VS-R. Whether you’re an indoor only climber that occasionally ventures outside or a dedicated year-round outdoor climber they’re definitely a shoe to consider. They give me so much confidence in my feet even on the most desperate of footholds, I will certainly be purchasing another pair and recommending them to those after a technical rock shoe. For me they are the perfect shoe!

Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

Soft and sensitive are the two words that echoed through our testers’ review notes on the new Instinct VSR. Built almost exactly the same as the outstanding Instinct VS—a favorite around here—shoe designers put Vibram Grip 2 rubber on the shoe, which is a softer and more supple compound. The other major change was making the upper fit even closer, so testers said, “I wore it like a sticky-rubber sock; my toes could actually feel even quarter-inch bumps.” The VSR stood out impressively for bouldering when techy heel and toe hooking were necessary. In an apples-to-apples comparison with the Instinct VS, testers found that they complemented each other well. A single Velcro strap dials in fit for the microsuede upper, and a pleasant surprise: Even though the Grip 2 rubber is very soft, it has impressive durability, showing no signs of damage after three months of use.

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