photo: Scarpa Instinct climbing shoe

Manufacturer's Description

Striking a balance of support and sensitivity, the Instinct picks up where SCARPA’s Vision – a classic rock shoe with a strong cult following – left off.

Steep sport climbing, bouldering or gym climbing, the Instinct is at home in situations where dynamic and intuitive moves reign.

The most versatile performance shoe in the SCARPA rock line, the Instinct has a roomy toe box, so it’s also fairly comfortable for a high-performing rock shoe. The all-suede Instinct is built with innovative Active Rand Technology, and uses 4 mm Vibram XS Grip 2 rubber.

Visit Scarpa's Instinct page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Scarpa Climb Instinct ing Shoes - Men's Black/Orange Medium 34 70036/000BlkOrg34.


The Scarpa Instinct Climbing Shoe is an aggressive lace-up rock shoe designed for sport Climbing and advanced bouldering. The Instinct VS heel, TPU reinforcements, and lacing create a secure and supportive Fit that keeps your foot right where it needs to be. A slightly downturned and asymmetrical profile combines with the Vibram; XS Edge sole to deliver the precision toe power necessary to take on more Technical routes. Features of the Scarpa Instinct Climbing Shoe Highly charged Bi-Tension Active Randing provides maximum toe power Vibram XS Edge provides incredible grip and durability 2/3 length Outsole Full suede/leather Upper Rubber toe patch provides toe hooking power

- Moosejaw

If you are the type of climber who requires your feet to act more like another set of hands, evolve into a pair of Scarpa Instinct Climbing Shoes, and let the transformation begin. The Instinct's aggressive shape and sensitive midsole sucks to your foot like a vacuum so you can push, pull, squeeze, hook, and grab your way to the top of the most perplexing problems. Scarpa's Bi-Tension system utilizes a reverse slingshot rand anchored under the toe-box for maximum power in the big toe without crushing your little piggies so you have the power to toe-down hard without the pain so you can show off your technique. Sure, it's also a favorite of industry testers, but you don't have to take their word for it. Slip in and let the crushing commence.


Climbers who want one shoe for all styles of climbing favor our performance-oriented Instinct collection. A classic shoe reinvigorated-- the updated Instinct lace still offers a performance fit on a curved, asymmetric last, but now with a micro suede synthetic upper and a welded overlay. Performance is enhanced with a high degree of pre-stored power in the Bi-Tension Active Rand, which pulls the sole up and back onto the forefoot giving an extremely precise, low profile fit. The award winning Instinct VS heel is now incorporated into the 2016 lace version. This remains the most supportive shoe in the Instinct family.



Materials Suede
Sizes Euro 34-45 (half sizes)
Weight 8.2 ounces per shoe

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