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Nature-friendly kicks.

Part of Scarpa's Planet Friendly initiative to support more sustainable manufacturing practices, the Crux Shoe makes every approach or hike all about a true nature experience. An upper comprised of suede and recycled polyester airmesh encourages ventilation so you aren't sweated out within your first 15 minutes of hiking, and a Vibram Vertical Approach sole helps you get traction on steep surfaces. A microporous EVA midsole cushions under proven pressure zones to maintain comfort even during the most trying approach.

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Parking lot photo shoot.

Parking lot photo shoot.

After hiking to an from the snow. I think this is the "Steel Manther" look.

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With poses like that clearly this guy knows what the right approach is to approaching an approach! APPROACH!

Light & Shade

Light & Shade

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Awesome picture SamPatch !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage of Backcountry.com in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

5 5

Comfortable, capable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Climbed upper exum on the grand with these among many other approaches. Rubber is insanely sticky; shockingly so. Doesn't edge that well, but incredible for smearing/slab and even some crack. If you need edging, you should be wearing climbing shoes anyway.
Comfortable; 13 miles, 7K feet in a day without any pain/blister. Hike extremely well. Can't beat the price.
Durability: These won't hold up to every day use. Don't expect them to be your every day shoes as the canvas will wear out, rubber and sole will deteriorate on pavement. They are made for a purpose.

Hey Guys!
Looking for some recommendations......

Hey Guys!
Looking for some recommendations... I'm currently using my Chacos and Asolo Fugitives for most of my outdoor needs, but I'm looking for something to fill the gap in between. Whatever I choose should be well suited for longer day hikes (8-15 miles, both steep CO Rockies grade and sustained flat), and for technical crag approaches under moderate gear load. Am I trying to get too much out of 1 shoe?

Without having tried anything on yet, I'm looking at the Scarpa Crux and the Salewa Mountain Trainer. I know fit will probably be the best determiner for this use, but I wanted to get some input from the community to see if these shoes could handle long hikes, or if that would be ill-advised.

Any other 10.5 E feet out there give these a try? Might be too narrow?

Thanks!

Responded on

I have pretty wide feet and use shoe size from 10-11 (44-45) depending on the shoe. They do expand a little after some use and pretty comfortable for short approach to a cliff (have not walked any long distances). I do feel a little uncomfortable when I tie them to tight and am still for a long time but don't notice that when I walk and I think they are fine for this price (hope this helps).

2 5

Bad construction

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The shoe fit well and the sole grips well on rock, but tore almost immediately after purchase. The rip, on the outside edge between the suede and the rubber fore-guard, happened within one month of purchase.

Responded on

Sounds like you got a defective pair. Shoot us an e-mail at warranty@scarpa.com and we should be able to help you out.

4 5

Good Grip Good Fit

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great approach / hiking/mild climb/ casual....... These shoes fit the bill for almost everything, hell I've even snowshoed in them and an hour later walked into church. They are comfortable and they dont slide around they stick to almost any surface. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that walking down hill the shoe can slip off the heel a little. I have never had any major issues but if you walked several miles down hill you could get blisters. I love this shoe and you should give it a shot as well.

New and old - appear to wear well

New and old - appear to wear well

Neighbor's guest tried to swap his oldies for my new.

4 5

Great shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I've worn these everyday since they arrived in the mail. Out of the box, the soles were literally tacky. When they reviews say they are sticky they mean it. Not sure what kind of magic vibram these are made of but it works - even on ice. The shoe is on the narrower side so if you have wide feet you are likely going to experience some discomfort and possibly split the suede. My only complaint is the soles hold a lot of mud, dirt, etc. and it is difficult to get out. Guess that isn't a real big problem.

5 5

nice.....

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is a excellent trail and approach shoe. Sticky soles and easy to climb in. Laces to the toes and extra support to make the lacing work. I like the low profile sole, mid sole o nthes e for 4th class alpine stff.

5 5

My favourite pair of shoes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have used these as my day to day shoes as well as for day hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Mine have held up really well, other than picking up a lot of dirt, but I also haven't used them for approaching climbs.

They are super comfortable, once you break them in. They hug your feet. For anyone with a wider foot Scarpa fits really narrow, but you can break them in. Mine took about 3 days to break in. Like everyone else has been saying the grip on these is absolutely amazing. I wanted to climb everything in sight when I got them out of the box.

4 5

Go with the canvas

  • Fit: True to size

I figured I'd break my new Crux's in by doing a couple scrambles around Squamish and they basically walked themselves up the mountains! Nice sticky rubber (these are my first approach shoes so I have nothing to compare to but they're way better than my old skate shoes!), and supportive. My problem, as it seems other people have had the same issue: on both shoes the suede started breaking where it flexes near the toe. I sent them back to Scarpa and they were happy to replace them with the canvas Crux's. I haven't done much more than walk around town with these new ones but hopefully they last longer than a week!

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Pretty good. The canvas shoes still do have a piece of suede on the sides which is still fairly weak... I just noticed about a month ago holes on the insides. I haven't used them too much over the winter for anything technical but they still seem a little better. My wife has the La Sportiva Boulder X and she really likes those. I think next time I'd go with them too

How does the "grippy" sole handle wet rock?...

How does the "grippy" sole handle wet rock? What kind of thickness does the sole compare to? Spend a lot of time hiking in areas where the rock is wet and smooth but also a lot of loose sharp rocks on the trail. Hoping to find a shoe that handles both.

Best Answer Responded on

I've had these for almost 2 years now and I would say they do quite well on most terrain types. As to your particular question of traction on wet rock, it sort of depends. On wet rocks that is relatively polished and featureless (river cobbles, really polished slab, etc.) they can be sketchy (but no more so than any of my other approach shoes like the Sportiva Gandas). On wet rock in the talus slopes and on the trail they are fine and grippy. I don't know exactly how many mm thick the sole is but its thick enough that roots, sharp rocks, and other protrusions don't poke through or hurt your feet.

5 5

Pretty solid

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've heard there was an issue with wear but I've not experienced any of that.

The fit is nice and snug with plenty of adjustment options with the lacing system. Soles are nice and thin. Gives a good "feel" for whats underneath you. They grip great on all kinds of surfaces besides wet sheet metal (duh).
Not as grippy as Stealth rubber by Five Ten.
Very nice overall weight and have no problem clipping them onto my harness for descents.
I found that I get sore feet after hiking 5+ miles with gear in them.

3 5

Lots of Feel, not for the long haul

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

These are a nice shoe for short approaches. They have a lot of feel as your foot is close to the ground and there isn't much padding. They are also very flexible. Of course, this means your feet will feel a bit mangled after a few miles on rough trail. Fit is spot on.

5 5

Got Sticky Rubber? Get the Scarpa Crux.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

After too many sketchy approaches in my Salomon trail running shoes (which are great for running, but don't have sticky rubber at all) I decided it was time to get a dedicated approach shoe. Enter: The Scarpa Crux. I was amazed at the change it made, now instead of wearily wandering through boulder fields looking for the path of least resistance, I was able to hop from boulder to boulder 100% confident that my shoes would grip the rock. In the last 3 months that I have had these shoes I can count on one hand the number of times I have slipped, and I still have a few fingers to spare. If you have ever felt shaky about your footing on an approach to a climb I highly recommend these shoes, I have never felt more confident on sketchy scree, shale or loose dirt. These are also a great shoe for day hikes, they provide a good amount of support for a low top.

4 5

Cool approach shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Mine didn't last long but I also beat the hell out of them.

They were great for many different things; slack-lining, hiking, approach, moderate climbing, warm up boulders, etc...

I highly recommend these approach shoes!

Cool approach shoe!
Holes in the suede, less than two weeks

Holes in the suede, less than two weeks

Both shoes held together by super glue and duct tape. Neither shoe lasted 2 weeks. Not sure if it was the abuse I put them through, or something wrong with the shoes.
Disappointed with the durability

Responded on

Hi K, sorry for the issues. Sounds like you got a bad pair. Shoot us an e-mail at warranty@scarpa.com and we'll figure something out.

3 5

The goods are good, and the bads are bad

I bought these as I needed a new approach/aid climbing/jugging/walking around town shoe on a recent trip climb El Capitan. They fit my foot excellent out of the box, the rubber was sticky, and they seemed like they would be able to handle the wear and tear of big wall climbing.
On the plus side: The sole is very sticky, and excels at edging and smearing. I never lost confidence in my footing while descending El Cap carrying an 80lb haul bag down some awkward death slabs and down climbs. They stick to everything.
The downside: On the first day on hike up The East Ledges Descent route, the suede on inside of the left shoe wore through within a day. Over the next week, the hole grew larger and larger until I had to use super glue and duct tape to hold it together. A few days after the left shoe wore through, the right shoe did the same thing, in the same location. Again, more glue, more duct tape, same location. Right in the crease of the shoe, when youd bend your toes.
I dont know if this is a design flaw, a quality defect issue with the pair of shoes I purchased, or the fact that I did 10 miles of shoe destroying hiking, and about 5000ft of jugging in a 1.5 week period.
Either way, Ill be taking the back to the store I bought them at to see if I can get my money back, or a new pair of shoes. In my opinion, they should have lasted longer.