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    18 Reviews


    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
    • Item #SCR002E

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    suede, microsuede
    Vibram XS Edge (4mm)
    slight downturn
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    asymmetrical toe profile
    Claimed Weight
    [single, 40] 8.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    Didn't buy from BackCountry, but just wanted to give the basics of what I've found from the shoe so far after a few weeks of climbing in them.

    Sizing: Street shoe is about 9.5, I bought these in 9.0, and the fit is solid. The heel feels maybe slightly wide for me, but at the same time I've done some deep heel hooks in them and they've been solid so I'm not worried about it. If it gives a better reference, La Sportiva doesn't fit me, far too narrow (they make amazing shoes but they seem to be a bit more on the narrow side), 5.10 Pinks at 9.5 are a perfect fit, and I have Butora Accros in a size 10. So I'd say definitely they fit slightly wide feet, but otherwise true to size. They're leather, so they did stretch, but I'd say about a half size is appropriate: mostly rubber, so they won't stretch as much as say Mythos or Rogues.

    Rubber/stiffness/sensitivity: solid medium. About as sensitive/soft as the 5.10 pinks, so a bit more sensitive than most of the Anasazis in general, but more stiff than say Mythos or Accros. So yeah, compared to other shoes I've tried, I'd call them a medium in terms of stiffness.

    Overall, they seem to be a good middle ground - aggressive but not crazy so, durable but not as thick of rubber as other shoes, some stiffness but not too much. And of course, the most important part: I'm loving them, solid all around shoe.

    They're great shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Great shoe! I got these during the winter months and have used them mostly in the gym. They are comfortable and they seem like they are a great well rounded shoe. I look forward to trying them on some real rock.

    My go to technical shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    I bought these in my street shoe size because I wanted to use them for the more technical multi-pitch routes. Even without downsizing, this shoe is getting it done! One of my new favorites. I like it so much that I plan to get the lace version soon.

    I would go a half size down if I was using this shoe for sport climbing or bouldering.

    My New Workhorse

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45.5

    I love Scarpa shoes for their wider toe box (seems to be the only game in town for those of us with wide feet). Unfortunately, most of their line stops at size 45 -- which is an aggressive fit for me. If I wear my Instinct S for several days in a row (climbing trips, etc), I'll end up with blisters and won't be able to put them on again for at least 2 weeks.

    This shoe is a perfect companion shoe for my quiver. They're less downturned, less sensitive and comfortable enough in a 45.5 to use for several days on (as long as I take them off periodically). I mostly boulder, and I find that these strike a sweet spot for performance and comfort. They seem to do everything well, have a confident heel, nice toe patch and edge as well as any boulderer needs. I love wearing these on slab and flat wall boulders. The stiffness is just enough to prevent pain (on short routes), while still being sensitive enough to wear in a variety of problem styles.

    I have probably 8 different pairs of shoes (Scarpa, Sportiva, Red Chili, Lowa, Boreal and Tenaya) but 9 times out of 10, I reach for these -- and clean up the rest with my Instincts. These are a performance all-arounder, well made and enjoyable to climb in. If I could keep only 1 pair, this would be it -- But I don't, and these plus a more sensitive, aggressive shoe fill out a pretty darn good bouldering quiver.

    Great for bouldering or lead climbing

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I have been using these shoes for several months now and am really glad I bought them. Before I had very loose fitting shoes so these were my first tight fitting shoes with a slight downturn. I climb indoors mainly, mostly lead climbing, and usually in the 5.10 range. My feet very, very rarely slip off of a hold. I also boulder from time to time and they hold up very well. My street shoe is a 44 and I bought these at 42.5. I have never had tight shoes before so they were extremely tight, I almost sent them back. Eventually I broke them in and now they are snug and i take them off a few times while climbing. Overall, I love these shoes and I highly recommend.

    Great Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small

    The Vapor V's are great for everything. The edging performance is amazing and they're super comfortable. The slightly down-turned toe combined with extremely sticky rubber make the Vapor V's great for bouldering and steep climbs.

    I originally purchased these in a 41.5 (a half size smaller than my street shoe size), but couldn't get them on. I ended up exchanging them for a 42. They definitely run a little small, so keep that in mind when purchasing.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    Bought these bad boys as my primary all-around shoe for sport, trad, gym, and boulder. I am throughly impressed by their edging performance and comfort for a slightly downturned shoe. The crisp Vibram XS Edge rubber is sticky yet durable and the toe rubber along with the grooved heel allow you to stick those hooks.

    Sized them a half size down from my street size for a comfortable fit and they stretched a half size up after a couple of long gym sessions. If you are looking for a performance shoe for steep sport and moderate boulders, I'd downsize them about a size or a size and a half from your street size as they are leather with a synthetic upper and will stretch a bit.


    theres no better shoe for wide feet

    • Size Bought: 43.5

    My feet a pretty wide which makes it very hard to find a shoe that fits and that's not too big. Vapor v was recommended to me by backcountry associate. Judging by my street shoe I was recommended 44, but I insisted on 43.5 and I'm glad I did. At first they were unbearably tight and I couldn't wear them for more than 20 minutes, but after a few weeks they broke in and they are a lot more of a 1 hour shoe. I wish I could give then 4.5 stars, the few issues that I have are loose heels, don't get me wrong, you're never gonna slip out of a heel hook, but they could be narrower to get into tighter spots. And the back top transition from rubber to leather makes it very uncomfortable for Achilles, especially taking them off feels like razors are cutting in. But with time it goes away as they break in. They didn't stretch much at all, definitely more comfortable in the tie box, but I don't think they stretched lengthwise at all, they do stay true to their size to don't go down more than a size from the street shoe. Great bouldering shoes overall.

    Great gift

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    Bought these as a gift for a friend of mine who is just starting to get serious about her climbing. Even though these are a men's shoe, she has larger feet with a wider toebox and couldn't find something that fit well for indoor climbing. I picked these out for her and she absolutely loves them. They fit true to the size chart and like I said, are great for a wider foot.

    Great all-around shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43

    I have the curse of having wide forefeet, with relatively narrow heels. Wide footed climbers rejoice -- these shoes fit incredibly well. Frankly, I was somewhat shocked when I tried them on the first time, after having struggled so much in the past to find something wearable. I'm a size 10 street shoe, and ended up fitting 43 in these; I considered sizing down a half size but opted to go true to size on these (which were still fairly tight on my foot at the beginning). Stretch was about 1/2 size, definitely not a full size. These have turned into my all-around "I'm too lazy to switch into other shoes today, so I'll just bring these" shoes; good edging, smearing. Fairly stiff but not overly so, a la Scarpa's Boostics (which are like wearing cudgels on each feet!). There have a mild downturn, which when worn on my ridiculously flat feet, become straightened out. Really bearable shoes to wear for longer durations.

    Good Sport Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 38.5

    Great shoe for sport climbing. It is a little stiffer and less sensitive than other scarpa offerings such as the instinct line and the booster S. That being said, they are a bit nicer for vertical terrain with more edging involved. For bouldering and steeper climbing such as at The Red, I wear the booster S. Little bit stiffer all around than the sensitive shoes so took longer to break in for me. As always, scarpa is the only brand that will fit my wide feet. All around solid kicks.

    Great shoe for bouldering

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 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
    • Size Bought: 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
    • Size Bought: 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
      • Size Bought: 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.

      Unanswered Question

      How are these compare to the past vapor model (orange ones) in terms of sizing? My last vapor's where 40.5. Should I buy the same size? I read newest iteration have a little extra space in toebox. Thanks :)