Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $92
Trail running shoes that are lightweight with a low heel-to-toe differential, wide toe box, true to size, excellent lacing system and the best part of all made with recycled synthetic and breathable mesh uppers for a wonderful ride. They make you feel like you are floating instead of runnning.
- Made out of recycled synthetic and breathable mesh uppers
- Cushy ride without adding the extra weight
- Shoes are light, less than 10 ounces
- Dry fast
- No ankle turning
- Wide toe box
- Cushy ride
- Great colors to pick from. Love the Lipgloss/Orange color
- You will need to buy two pairs so you can alternate them between runs to make each pair last longer
- They are expensive ranging from $90-$115, depending on where you buy them
- Wish they were made in the USA--instead they are made in Italy
This is one totally awesome trail shoe. Being a trail runner for over 30 years I have tried every trail shoe on the market. The lightweight and low-to-the-ground framework with a 6mm drop from heel to forefoot helps keep balance and stability on uneven trails. You get to enjoy a trail minimalist shoe without losing the protection you need when you run rugged terrain.
The shoe not only gives you some extra toe box room it also offers exceptional overall comfort that basically molds to the shape of your foot. Add in that your purchase of the shoe is good for the planet and how can you go wrong?
My experience with trail shoes is that if you enjoy a little cushion in your shoe most of the miminalist shoes don't provide that. Then you run into shoes with a higher low- to- ground framework that can cause you to turn your ankle. The Scarpa shoe has just enough cushion that I don't miss my heavier trail running shoes. You can wear them right out of the box, there is no beak-in time needed.
I have worn these shoes on 100 mile and 50 mile races and have had them wet and muddy. They dry amazingly fast too. I have had 6 pairs now and just recently purchased another pair as I am getting to run a 50 miler up on the Superior Trail in September.
Don't walk, run to the store and get these shoes. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.
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Scarpa's Spark is a race-ready, mountain minimalist, award-winning trail running shoe that offers protection needed for trails at only 260 g (9.2 oz.) per shoe.Runner's World Best Debut 2012 and TrailRunner Editor's Choice Best Traction
Made with partially recycled materials, these mountain-ready Scarpa Spark trail-running shoes feature a minimalist construction for lightweight protection on the trails. Partially recycled polyester mesh uppers with synthetic leather overlays create flexible, breathable membranes for your feet. 50% recycled polyester linings wick moisture away from your feet to keep them dry, reducing susceptibility to blisters. 6mm heel-to-toe drop encourages an efficient midfoot strike. EVA midsoles provide excellent shock absorption for high impact running; EcoPure additive promotes degradation in landfill conditions. Hi-Tensile nylon forefoot plates offer lightweight protection from bruising and rocky terrain. 25% recycled rubber Speed Lite outsoles provide superior grip, keeping you nimble on the trails. Laces and webbing on the Scarpa Spark trail running shoes are made with 100% recycled polyester.
Most trail shoes seem as thought they are trying to create a fortress around your foot. The Scarpa Spark is different- this is the trail shoe that a ballerina might prefer.A women's race-ready, 'mountain minimalist' trail running shoe that offers protection needed for trails, but at only 232 grams. Minimal 6mm midsole drop versus 10-14 in most trail running shoes Upper: Recycled synthetic leather and polyester mesh Lining: Recycled polyester Plate: Hi-Tensile Fabric Plate underfoot helps protect feet on rocky trails without adding unnecessary stiffness Midsole: Compression molded EVA is light and cushy Weight: 232g; 8.2oz (1/2 pair size 38) Color is Pewter/Turquoise