Float steep routes and overhung boulders.
Trying to climb overhanging routes with a pair of stiff edging shoes is a bit like using a hammer on a screw—it just doesn't work very well. If you're ready to step up your game in the bouldering cave, it's time to pull on the Scarpa Women's Vapor V Climbing Shoe. The innovative Bi-tension system reduces pressure on your toes for greater comfort while still providing the sensitivity and aggressive down-turned profile necessary to grab footholds at steep angles. Plus, the hook-and-loop closure allows you to quickly pop the shoes on and off between burns.
- Blended Lorica and suede construction provides excellent durability and all-day cragging comfort
- Lorica-lined toe box provides a snug fit that won't stretch out and become sloppy
- Scarpa's Bi-tension system uses a reverse sling-shot rand to reduce pressure and tension on your toes while providing immediate performance and improved sensitivity
- The women-specific Vapor V is cut to fit narrower foot profiles like a glove
- Vibram XS Edge rubber confidently sticks to the smallest of features
- The hook-and-loop closure allows you to quickly pop these boots on and off between burns
- Aggressive asymmetrical curvature allows the Vapor V to excel on steep, powerful routes
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My Fave So Far!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
I am in LOVE with these shoes... also because I got them on sale. Haha! Great climbing shoes for a great price doesn't always come around. On to the review...
The shoes are aggressive if you have never worn a stiffer type of shoe, or still a beginner. They take a while to break in, pain at the heel/Achilles, toes scrunched (as usual with new shoes). After that period, you are good to go! It took me about a month to break in, may take longer depending on how much you can take the pain. Great for indoor and outdoor boulder climbs, especially overhangs! DO NOT break them in while roping, your feet will cry. If you decide to rope in them, clip your extra shoes to your harness.
I usually wear a size 5.5/6 in street shoes, have wide feet. I usually buy size 36/36.5 for climbing shoes. These shoes run small, I had to get them in size 37.
I've beat up my pair to the point where i have to get them resoled. I definitely recommend this shoe for boulderers!
Great shoes! Size up
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
I do a ton of bouldering, indoors and out and wanted a more aggressive shoe than my old mad rocks. These were on sale, but only in a 40.5 (or something else super tiny). I normally wear a 39, but based on reviews that these run small, took a chance and went with the bigger size. Boy am I glad I did! I literally wouldn't have been able to get my foot into a smaller shoe. They've taken a while to break in, but after about 2 months of climbing most days of the week, they were comfortable enough to keep on for a few climbs. After about 5 months of wear they still fit like a glove, which is nice with a narrow, low volume foot. My heels don't even pop out when hooking. The rubber is still good and they are super comfy once I get them warmed up. Even after about 5 months though, I can't wear them for more than two hours without pulling them off - they kill the big toes after a while. One consideration, is when I've used them once or twice on outdoor top rope routes in NH (granite, with no feet) and they were extremely frustrating. Granted, they are designed for bouldering which they are quite good at, the combination of down turn and super tight made it near impossible to smear and drive my heels down when moving up the face. I would be interested to try them again, now that they are more broken in. All in all, they are a great, fairly aggressive bouldering shoe. Just make sure to order a size or so up!
Good beginner shoe
These shoes are great for people who have climbed a little bit in some flat shoes but are ready to try a more aggressive shoe. With these Scarpa shoes it is good to size down a half size from your normal shoe size. They will be a little snug and don't stretch really at all so you don't want them too tight. The back of these shoes hurt at first because the fabric comes up really high against the back of your heel but once you break them in it gets better. These are great for starting out climbing more aggressively, and even just for starting out climbing. The rubber is pretty good on it and should last a long time.
Super comfy & technically sharp
I bought these shoes as a replacement for my Sportiva Katanas which ended up only lasting about 10 months. I was set to get another pair of Sportiva's and then saw these shoes in a gear shop. They are slightly more aggressive in styling, however you can't physically tell. They are comfortable to wear for long sessions after the break in period, which lasted for me just shy of two weeks, bouldering or leading 3 times a week. They handle small edges wonderfully. My footwork feels more confident because I can trust the shoes ability. The heel also is slightly more fitting than the Katana's, at least for me. All around great shoe. Would definitely fit before you buy. I wore a 38 Katana and in this shoe I'm a size and a half bigger and it's still a snug fit. Scarpa is my new go to shoe!
Well, almost perfect. My size 41's are equivalent to my size 39 La Sportiva Katanas (street size 9). They hurt in all the same places, plus the Scarpas rub a little in the achilles, though no blisters yet. I was hoping to get something that doesn't hurt quite so bad this time, but pain aside, these are awesome shoes. Great narrow fit. Downturn is just right. Cuter than most. Super happy with their performance so far.
Soft like kittens on your feet!
First off, I'm an avid climber. I climb outdoors in the summer and plastic during winter months about 3 to 5 times a week. I go through climbing shoes pretty quickly and I've tried quite a few. I wouldn't say that I'm a big Scarpa girl, but I've owned the Rockettes prior to getting the Vapor Vs. Those were my favorite shoes by far for bouldering and project climbs and they worked amazing. While both are made by the same company, the Vapor Vs is a total departure in design and performace from the Rockettes. The Rockettes were designed by Heinz Merriacher, the same guy that designed the La Sportiva Testarossas which is the most expensive (and arguably the best performing) shoe in the La Sportiva line. This meant for an all business no fun (less comfort) shoe, while the Vapor Vs are all about the comfort. These shoes are designed to be a comfortable all-arounder that performs well on plastic as well as real rock. The lorica and suede upper on these shoes are amazingly comfortable, by far the most comfortable on any shoe I've ever owned. The slight down turn is awesome for tiny foot holds and the xs grip 2 is super sticky that even a novice climber would not have an excuse but send her project.
Overall, I am very happy with these shoes. If I were to point out complaints about them, there would only be 2 things that I think could use improving. 1st is the rubbing on the back heel which may be caused by too much material on the back of the shoe; and 2) would be the sizing. I found that the sizing on the Vapor Vs were about a full size smaller than most shoes, hence I had to go for my actual shoe size and get these at a 7 U.S./38 EU. I wear a street shoe size 38- 38.5 and usually order climbing shoes tight. I wear a 5.10 anasazi LV at size 6.5, La Sportiva Miura women's vs at 36 EU, Cobras at 35.5, and the Rockettes at a size 37. The Vapor Vs fit differently from the Rockettes that I had to size up a full size from what I normally wear in Scarpa--38.
If I could give these 10 stars, I sure would... These shoes are ridiculously awesome! I had been looking around for a while to upgrade my shoes to something more aggressive for both bouldering and wall climbs. I finally settled on these- aggressive women's specific shoe, but not so aggressive that I want to burn them after one climb. I could not be happier! The toe on these is great- not only does it hook when you want it to, but as a super short climber I've found that they really help me get that little bit of extra reach in a move. The rubber so far is killer- it was a little slippery when first out of the box, but definitely not as bad as I was expecting!
Fit wise: Scarpa says on their sizing chart to downsize up to 2 sizes from your street shoe. I strongly disagree. I wear a size 7-7.5 street shoe and got the 38.5. Perfect fit- do they feel like walking barefoot on a sandy beach? No. But they offer the perfect blend of tightness and semi-comfort/uncomfort to slay routes. Plus in being lined, I'm not worried about them stretching out. My boyfriend has the men's version, and has been climbing hard in them for 3-4 months and they have not stretched even the tiniest bit. Furthermore, I love the actual fit of these because they have a narrow heel, and I have a skinnier foot.
Overall, I would hands down recommend these to any advanced climber looking for a bomber pair of shoes to slay some good routes!