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Choose wisely grasshopper.

Reach the summit of calm in the Scarpa Zen Approach Shoe. The supple all leather upper balances the burly Vibram Spyder sole, forming an unparalleled equilibrium of foot comfort and confidence. Reinforced arches and EVA heel cushioning comfort your steps on the path of one-pointedness. When you lose focus, molded toecaps protect you from meditation-disturbing stubs against inert rocks and roots. Sure you could sit in lotus position all day trying to achieve Samadhi while stern Japanese monks whack your back with a stick. You can also lace up the Scarpa Zen Approach Shoe and reach peace hiking through Aspen groves.

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I'm wondering about the color. Does the...

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I'm wondering about the color. Does the Smoke/Fog color have a bit of a blue shade to it? I just want straight grey. Thx!

5 5

These are excellent

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

I'm a 3-time Scarpa Crux fan (still keep one just for good times, not to destroy) and I love these just as much, though they are not yet as broken in.

I'm not using them so far for their true intended use in mountains / scrambling , etc...still ragging my Crux's for that so this is not a performance review. Its far more superficial: these are just for going out / being seen in town - and they get lots of viewing and questions. They are also much better constructed than the Crux's, and only slightly heavier but w/o feeling clunky or bulky.

That being said, they fit true to size - I wear 11 to 11.5 US and did the metric on that, fits perfectly. They are a tad stiff to start, but they don't hurt - they are just well made and not BS materials. They feel immediately comfortable inspite of the firmness however, so do not let that detract from your decision.

Keeping in mind that my use right now is entirely town / out , I do plan to eventually get them out on rock and such, but first I wanna just have one decent, clean pair of sweet kicks to have in town - and these look better than good for that.

5 5

Best Approach / Hiking Shoe Ever!

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

In my opinion these are the Approach / Hiking shoes that define all approach / hiking shoes! Fit like a dream right out of the box, put in a decent pair of insoles & you will be unstoppable! Great support & reinforced arches. The Vibram soles stick to wet or dusty surfaces like Velcro. I wouldn't change a single thing about these shoes!

5 5

Buy these Now

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

$116.00 clams for these things is a steal, so don't wait.

I agree with the guy who wrote a review saying(not sure where) that the Zen runs a quarter to half size large. Best way to fit them is to measure your foot in centimeters, and get the closest size that is just a bit bigger. If you want a roomy shoe, by all means get the closest size that is about One centimeter larger. But, I wear a size that is just a few millimeters longer than my foot and they are great.

Ever notice how one guy will say a shoe fits large and the next guy says it sizes small? US and Euro sizes do not match up very well. That's why. So, do not size these with the U.S. size conversion. Measure your foot in centimeters, and go from there using the euro size conversion.

Another thing about the Zen: People tend to lace them too tight IMO. If the toe feels tight, back the laces way off, then back them off some more and then just take the slack out from the toe to the ankle and, voila, plenty of room in the toe.

Fit is kind of classic Scarpa: cut close to the instep up through the big toe, and a skosh more room to the outside of the foot. It is a low volume shoe, but not particularly narrow IMO.

Performance-wise, I consider the Zen a rock hiking shoe. They are grippier and better when the going gets steep, than most of the other hiking shoes on the market IMO. They are also way better made than most. They are firm but the EVA does a good job of protecting the foot against stone bruises.

This is a classic IMO.

5 5

Great Shoes

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

The Zen has been a really great approach shoe for me. It is super durable and they are great support when needed if you are carrying a heavier pack. Of all the approach shoes I have had, these seem to be holding up the best and are lasting the longest.

5 5

best shoe I've ever used

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

I've had a pair of Zens as my daily driver shoe since 2007. That's ONE pair in the last six years.

They get used on the street, on approaches, on hikes, mountain biking... they've seen four continents and countless miles on and off trail.

No other shoe I've ever used has ever lasted this long with this much use. Given the amount of wear since 2007 I should have at least a couple more years to go before I need to replace them.

5 5

Rugged shoe meant for serious hikers

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

The Zen Multisport model from Scarpa is just what I was looking for in a hiking shoe. Most of what I find are too soft. You can carry a mid sized pack with these and do so on an advanced trail, while still feeling sure footed. So far they have not created any hot spots either. Very comfortable even when coming back down the crest after a 6hour hike. Don't be afraid to size up by one half, they do run a bit small.

more sizing questions, with this particular...

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more sizing questions, with this particular shoe. Anyone wear a size 10 normally? What size did you go with for these with thin or medium socks? Thanks.

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Yes, I normally wear a 10D or 10EE which roughly translates to 43.0 or 43.5. I own The Zens, Mojitos and Gore-Tex Mid Mojitos all in 44.0 and they fit perfectly. If anything, I would say the Zens are slightly smaller than the Mojitos, but that could be just because they are so much more rugged, thicker and stiffer in the sides. You have to get the lacing in the toe area just right or they'll seem way too small. Once you set that, you can just pull the shoes on and tie them up without readjusting all the laces each time. Even though the Zens are stiffer and not as comfy as the Mojitos, I prefer to wear them because they feel indestructible.

5 5

So Awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had these shoes for at least three years and I wear them everyday. That is to say from the mountains to the office. These have been a very durable shoe for me. I usually ruin shoes in less than half the time that these lasted.
They were a bit too stiff for me at first, but I gave them time to break in, and they became some of the most comfortable shoes I have ever had.
They grip well and handle just about any terrain. I hike, bike, and climb in them. I have even climbed some 5.10's in them. They are also pretty water proof. I have hiked through snow and water in these and my foot only got wet if water got in the top. These are do everything super shoes.
I can't recommend this shoe enough. I love it.

4 5

Perform great, other issues

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

I had a pair of these for almost 4 years of moderate use.

The Good:
Performance was great. They were sticky enough without sacrificing durability, they edge well for a shoe that's not too tight to hike in, they're outrageously comfortable, and the sole and upper are very wear-resistant. It's stiff in the forefoot (supportive and protective, though not extremely sensitive) and in the toebox (saved me from many stubbed toes). They can handle boulders in the V2-V3 range no problem. I'd buy them again without hesitation if it weren't for...

The Bad:
The sole is textured in such a way that if you walk in mud or wet dirt (pretty common in Oregon) it sticks in the forefoot area. The embedded mud doesn't come out when rubbed on, say, a friend's door mat, but once you are inside said friend's house and the mud dries it starts flaking out all over this hypothetical friend's carpet.

...and...

The Ugly:
I wore these at Smith Rock last summer. I left them at the base of the wall while I did some climbing (they were in the shade at first, but the sun moved in at some point). After a couple of hours spent on a few routes I went to put them back on and the sole on the heel of one of them slid half an inch across the midsole as soon as I put weight on it (the glue melted) and stuck there. It was hot out, but not *that* hot. Mine was the only shoe to have this issue in our group of four. Resoling is an iffy prospect since I wore down the foam midsole some on the hike out and the following day. This may have been an extreme circumstance, but I'm still less-than-thrilled about it.

Perform great, other issues
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Did you buy them from backcountry ? You can return them if you did, if you didn't you should have purchased here, no hassle returns :)

4 5

Zen

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After returning the first pair, due to getting a slightly too small pair, I found the fit I was looking for. The fit is fairly narrow in the toe box, which is quite nice for front-point, steep approach hiking over talus and roots. The midsole provides nice cushioning under the forefoot and heel when plodding along over flat and uneven ground--making them nicer than some non cushion models for longer approaches. My few complaints are: wish they had a pull-loop on the tongue for getting them on easier, due to the lacing pattern used. Though that being said, the lace pattern does work well to keep them fitting snugly after they're on. Also, wearing custom orthotics makes for a rather tall fit within the shoe--allowing a sense that my heel wants to lift out of the heel pocket when ascending. This could be resolved by adding another set of lace eyelets next to the top eyelets--allowing for a better tension at the ankle. Other than these issues, the shoe fits very precisely, and is my go-to shoe for technical terrain. This shoe is no replacement for my 5.10 guide tennies, which I still prefer for sketchy 4th classing on rock, due to their superior flexibility and "stickiness", but are not nearly as comfy as the zens for long approaches. Zen rubber, as mentioned, is not nearly as sticky as five-ten, but neither are most other shoes, for that matter.

4 5

Scarpa Zen

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Initially, I ordered the wrong size--too small, which is easy to do if you don't know that Scarpa generally runs a tad smaller than other shoes--namely, Five ten. I wear a street shoe size 12.5-13 and a Five ten guide tennie size 12 for a snug (performance) fit. The Zen is sized European, and therefore not a direct conversion to US sizing. That being said, converting Scarpa's size to US, can be challenging if you're not familiar with wearing a Scarpa shoe. I'd have to say that the Zens run about one size smaller than Five ten. Originally, I ordered a size 46 in the Scarpa, but returned it for a size 47, and I am really glad I did; they now fit perfectly--like a glove. Lastly, I wear custom (soft) orthotics, and these shoes allow for this nicely.

Unanswered Question

Anyone know how the Zen compares in fit...

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Anyone know how the Zen compares in fit to the Scarpa Epic? Its very rare that I find a shoe that fits my very narrow feet as well as the Epic, though I have to lace them almost as tight as they'll go and replace the insoles with Montrail Enduro-soles for arch support. Thanks. Keith

5 5

Lovely

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love these for hikes that involve easy to serious scrambling. They are very sticky on rock but if your wall climbing I would get a rock shoe not approach/scrambling shoe. These fit me very well and are very comfy, I hiked in these for 11 miles and my feet were happy.

Lovely

Is this shoe basically like the bottom...

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Is this shoe basically like the bottom half of a Scarpa Kailash?

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Hey Logan F. Crooks,

Good question. The bottom of the Scarpa Zen Multisport Shoe - Men's and the Scarpa Kailash are different as they both use different sole treads from VIBRAM and the Zen has EVA cushioning while the Kailash uses the sole only for cushion. Also, the Kailash has a smaller toe rand on the end than the Zen as the Zen can be used as an approach shoe while the Kailash is more for backpacking.

4 5

Great shoes

Sturdy, supportive hiking shoes. Lace to toe gives custom fit. Very comfortable. Could use a tongue gusset to keep trash out. I have only had them a month (worn almost every day for a few hours), but they look as if they will last a long time. Heavier and tougher than trail runners. Good value for the money, I think.

5 5

The best shoes I've owned in quite a spell!

These shoes are without question the best built shoes I have had on my feet for many years. It seems that many shoes lately are thrown together. Like they didn't get all the pieces glued just right. Well not with these, they may be a tad heavier but you can tell your feet are completely supported.

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