These shoes are comfy with a cushioned tongue and are stiff and are great for edging. The stitching is solid and the shoes are holding up well. I mostly gym climb but have used them on sandstone and they did great on both.
Materials: leather upper (unlined)
Use: trad climbing, sport, all around
Break-in Period: A few climbs
Weight: 480 g (1 lb 1 oz)
Price Paid: $129
These shoes are perfect if you are looking for a versatile shoe. I have climbed sandstone cracks in Indian Creek and sporty granite faces in Rocky Mountain and they performed very well.
I mainly bought these to have a comfy pair of shoes to trad climb in. They easily get the job done and the laces are much more secure when jamming a crack than the Five Ten Ascents that have velcro straps. The edging is great and the smearing capability is fine. I notice a slight difference in friction with the Scarpa rubber (I think it's vibram) compared to Five Ten's stealth rubber. When I resole them with stealth, they will be unbeatable. They are unlined, but probably won't stretch more than half a size unless you buy them really tight.
If you are looking for a great all-around comfy trad shoe definitely buy these.
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CLOSEOUTS . Go from the local rock gym to the big wall with Scarpa's Marathon climbing shoes. Edging, jamming or smearing, the 5 mm Vibram(R) Megabyte rubber outsole provides superior grip on a variety of surfaces. Suede and synthetic uppers Extended lacing for a secure fit Lightly padded tongue for comfort Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz. pr. By Scarpa of Italy Made in Italy Runs small, order one size larger Climbing and other related activities are inherently dangerous; anyone purchasing or using equipment for this purpose is personally responsible for getting proper instruction on its correct and safe use Visit our Climbing Gear Guide Available Colors: LIMONE. Sizes: 39, 42, 35, 34.5, 41, 43.5, 40, 42.5, 44.5, 38.5, 43, 44, 41.5, 40.5, 38, 37, 37.5, 35.5, 36.5, 39.5, 45, 45.5, 36.
- Sierra Trading Post
A stiff forefoot, comfortable fit, and a dot rubber heel make the Scarpa Marathon Rock Climbing Shoe ideal for casting off on multi-pitch trad routes. The Marathon's solid edging platform gives you confidence when the next pitch is an 80ft slab with four bolts, and the Marathon's padded tongue increases comfort as you jam another sinker hand crack. This Scarpa climbing shoe's padded heel has dot rubber traction for comfort and traction during grueling walk offs, and the slightly asymmetrical fit gives you exceptional performance while maintaining excellent comfort all day.
- Backcountry Outlet
Free Shipping. Scarpa Marathon Shoe (Fall 2007) The Hummer of climbing shoes, Marathon by Scarpa is perfectly suited to long mountain adventures; both climbing and descending in style. It's supremely comfortable for all day wear thanks to its Drylex tongue and speed lacing and has enviable performance due to its subtle asymmetric design and wrapped toe rand.Features:Performance oriented comfortSupportive protection excels on long routes, jamming, and slabsPU heel wedge offers just enough protection for that long descentDot rubber heels add tractionSpecs:Upper: SuedeSole: Megabyte 5mm + PU insertLast: FFSizes: 36-46 (half sizes)Weight: 510g (39)Color: LemonScarpa Product WarrantySCARPA products are covered by a 1 year limited warranty from the original date of purchase. This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship. Damage that is due to normal use and wear, abuse or accidents is not covered by this warranty. Products that have been resoled or otherwise modified are excluded from this warranty. Fit is not covered by this warranty. Except as otherwise specified above. SCARPA MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE DESIGN CONDITION OR QUALITY OF MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP TO THE PURCHASER OF THE GOODS PURCHASED HEREBY OR ANY OTHER PERSON WHATSOEVER.SCARPA North America, Inc. reserves the right to make all warranty determinations which may include but are not limited to repair, replacement or credit for the product. If it is determined that there is no warranty issue with the returned product, the product will be returned to the dealer with a note of explanation.We ask that dealers are our first line of service in the warranty evaluation process, and prefer that all consumer warranty returns be handled through an authorized SCARPA dealer.