Olivia F.wrote a review of Scarpa Helix Climbing Shoe - Women's on October 1, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
My boyfriend had been climbing for years and asking me to give it a fair shot a few times before totally ruling it out. This had been going on for months when he bought me a pair of the Helix's and said that if I still don't like it after trying it with proper shoes, that he would return them and drop the subject.
After my first day in these shoes, I fell in love with climbing. It's true when people say shoes make all the difference, and I think that these shoes are the PERFECT jumping off point for any new climber!
I wear a size 6(US) in street shoes, and purchased the 36.5. The lining took a handful of small climbs and an extensive all-day climbing excursion before they started to feel like they weren't even on my feet, but I'd say the fit is still pretty comfy even before breaking them in! I've been climbing for months in these, and when my feet sweat I still get a bit of orange coloring on my toes but that really doesn't bother me. I also love the lace-up option because it allows me to give just enough room for some thin socks for colder climbing days.
They're very easy to hang out in between climbs since they're casual, but I still feel that the toe performs better than I'd expect from a non-aggressive shoe! They've kept me confident on smears, heel-hooks, & tiny footholds, all while allowing me to avoid the trouble of constantly swapping shoes between climbs.
As someone that's fallen hard for climbing in such a short amount of time, I really have to credit these shoes (and my boyfriend) for my change in heart. They've given me the confidence I never thought I'd have to tackle such an incredible and liberating sport.