Scarpa Instinct S
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: 50% of the retail via store discount
One of my favorite warm-ups shoes, the Scarpa Instinct S are comfortable and aggressive sport climbing shoes with a stiff bottom sole.
- Stiff rubber
- Heel pops off foot easily
- Not great for toe hooking
- Bad for compression/gymnastic bouldering
While comfortable and aggressive at once, the lack of heel tension or suction means very limited heel hooking and uncomfortable toe-hooking. The heel pops off on any pulling heel hooks, which are crucial to bouldering.
The stiff bottom sole is supportive of the foot and results in effortless toeing in, and the rubber stands up to granite and small holds well. This shoe is good for warming up, but not long stances or trad, since the ultra aggressive shape can be tiring after a long time.
I would use these for warming up, ladder climbs, or sport climbing on a flat faced pitch without any fancy movement.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The most sensitive shoe in the entire Scarpa collection - perfect for training, bouldering and sport routes.
The Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe combines a seriously aggressive down-turned toe with the convenience of a slip-on design to get you sending quickly. To top it off, Scarpa added a super sticky Vibram XS Grip2 sole and wrapped the rubber over the toe to give you an edge on the steepest routes out there.
Free Shipping. Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe DECENT FEATURES of the Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe Bi-Tension active randing system provides maximum toe power without painful 'cramming' 100% Lorica for incredible comfort, no stretch and long-term durability Rubber toe patch provides toe-scu mming and hooking power Vibram XS Grip2 makes these shoes stick like glue The SPECS of the Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe Upper: Lorica Midsole: Flexan Sole: Vibram XS Grip2; 3 mm Last: FQ Weight: 1/2 pair: 6.5 oz / 184 g
Perfect for training, bouldering and sport routes, the SCARPA Instinct S Climbing Shoes are the most sensitive in the climbing line. Featuring a bi-tension active randing system, the Instinct S provides maximum toe power without painful cramming. The 100% Lorica upper provides incredible comfort and long term durability while the rubber toe patch offers toe-scumming and hooking power. With a Vibram XS Grip2 sole, the SCARPA Instinct S Climbing Shoes stick like glue to whatever surface you're taking on.
- Altrec Outdoors