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.
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|Weight|| 460 g|
Single : 230 g / 8.11 oz (Size 40)
|Closure Type||Slipper 1 Velcro closure|
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.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face|
|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
|Footbed Lining||not provided by the brand|
VIBRAM® XS Grip2
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.
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.
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!
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.