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Vaporize your projects.

Upgrade your sending arsenal with Scarpa Men's Vapor V Climbing Shoe before hopping on your lifelong projects again. This shoe focuses on precise footwork over a variety of footholds, both overhung and vertical. Bi-Tension randing reverses standard slingshot randing in order to connect your toe to your heel, instead of uncomfortably bunching your toes towards the front of the shoe. The result is a more powerful performance, assisting any movement from technical static moves to huge dynamic jumps.

Scarpa made the Vapor V's upper out of stretchy, soft, and strong suede, so expect a bit of stretch after some use. The air mesh gusseted tongue enhances the upper's overall comfort, and it prevents debris from falling in. The Flexan midsole is on the softer side, but the Vibram XS Edge sole keeps the Vapor V in its slightly downturned, asymmetric shape. A slight downturn feels excellent on technical vertical routes as well as overhung boulder problems.

  • Suede microsuede upper
  • Air mesh gusseted tongue
  • Bi-Tension System rand
  • Flexan midsole
  • Vibram XS Edge sole

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Great shoe for bouldering

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Height: 5'4"
    Size Purchased: 36.5

I picked up a pair of these vapor v, 2014 edition, on super sale ($50), to take on a beach trip. I needed a pair of shoes i could destroy on the beach without stressing about it.

I used them all week, and the saltwater definitely did some damage, and the sharp rock tore up the rubber pretty well (especially after getting the shoes wet), and now i am actually upset the shoes are a bit of a write off, because they are terrific.

What i love about them:

Great support, tight precision, super edging, bearable on for a couple of hours at a time. I did not think they performed their best on slab, but then, they are not meant to.


I usually wear la sportiva, and i go by the european sizing. Scarpa runs smaller. I bought the vapor Vs in a 36.5. For reference i have sportiva mythos in a 35; sportiva miuras in a 35.5 and solutions in a 36. The vapor Vs in a 36.5 were definitely nice and tight, tighter than my 36 solutions.

Photo, topping out in Virgin Gorda, BVI

Great shoe for bouldering

Handy and Useful Synthetic Climbing Shoe

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 135 lbs
    Size Purchased: 42.5

I bought this shoe after a few months of bouldering in a gym, and let me just say it is a huge improvement over the rentals. It is incredibly snug and and never feels like it slips off the rock. The downturn is especially helpful for the small footholds. When I purchased the shoe it fit a bit tight but stretches to your foot, in addition the heel is snug and holds your foot in the shoe. It also breathes well and i've only had to loosen it initially while stretching it out. Overall a nice synthetic shoe, easy to get on and off.


Great Sport Climbing Shoe

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 160 lbs
    Size Purchased: 38.5

These shoes are great for sport Climbing. The sole is more supportive then some of scarpas more bouldery shoes, so its better for more vertical type Climbing and will reduce calf pump. For bouldering and really steep stuff I wear the booster S which is much softer and only has a half sole. Over all a nice stiffer shoe and great edging that still remains sensitive enough.


Great Performance but Tight on the Pigs

    These shoes feel absolutely amazing. They are sensitive and the heel fit is a little tight but hugs nicely. My only gripe is my outside toes are a little squished. As you wear them it gets a little better but still a very painful experience. The performance is worth it. Grabbing all the slivers with ease. The rubber is hysterically sticky and they also look amazing. Overall a really great performance shoe for your jarder climbs.


    Scarpa Vapor V Climbing Shoe

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Height: 5'9"
      Weight: 165 lbs
      Size Purchased: 41.5

    I'm an average climber, leading in the 5.10a and 5.10b realm, as well as V4 boulder. I wanted a shoe that was a bit more aggressive as I started sport climbing and bouldering harder grades. I have used these on multiple trips outdoors including a trip to Smith Rock, and extended gym sessions. These are my first down turned shoes. I have owned some Mythos and Tarrantulas prior to these.

    These fit my wider feet well. My feet are not super wide, just a bit wider then normal width feet. So these feet me well. I felt like these are pretty tight on my feet considering I wore 42 Mythos and got these in 41.5. They are not too uncomfortable, but after being on a climb in the hot summer heat at Smith Rock I wanted to rip these off by the time I hit the ground. They have broken in well, but haven't stretched much.

    These edge very well, and also helped me stand on pebbles. I feel much more confident on my toes with these when compared to the Mythos. I also feel very good heel hooking with these when bouldering. The rubber is pretty sticky, and smear well.

    Overall, I would recommend these for folks like me who are moving up through the moderate grades.