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    Feel the Burn.

    Designed to send techy boulder problems, overhung sport routes, and difficult gym climbs, the Scarpa Drago Climbing Shoe makes a nice addition to any climber's quiver of shoes. Borrowing elements from Scarpa's Furia and Instict VS climbing shoes, the Drago has a minimalist design to reduce fiddle time at the crag and a powerful heel for added security on those high heel hooks. The aggressive downturned profile and asymmetric shape make this shoe ideal for the most difficult climbs, while the thin and flexible Vibram XS Grip 2 sole gives you the ability to edge on micro edges and smear with confidence.
    • Aggressive all-rounder for gyms, boulders, and overhung sport routes
    • Aggressive downturn with highly asymmetric shape
    • Thin and flexible sole provides a sensitive feel
    • Vibram XS Grip 2 sole clings to rock and plastic
    • Synthetic microfiber upper minimizes stretching
    • T45 rand resists wear and tear from climbing
    • Single hook-and-loop strap delivers a quick and dialed fit
    • Scarpa builds reliable footwear for almost any vertical pursuit
    • Item #SCR004N

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    hook-and-loop strap
    Vibram XS Grip 2
    aggressive downturn
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    single, size 40] 7.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, sport climbing, bouldering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Excellent specialty shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This shoe is amazing on certain rock types and styles, calling it an "all arounder" is pushing it though. It excels on plastic, sandstone, and granite that involves mostly smearing/smedging. Anything that involves a heavy amount of toe and heel hooking this is what I reach for. Previously I used skwamas for those problems, the drago is significantly softer and lets me get more rubber into the rock. The soft heel cup deforms into the features of rock better than the skwama and inspires more confidence. On rock that involves smearing these might as well be cheating, you can get so much rubber in contact with the rock. In the gym they excel on volume/comp style problems and being so soft they are great for training foot strength.

    Now the downside, let's take this quote:

    "thin and flexible Vibram XS Grip 2 sole gives you the ability to edge on micro edges and smear with confidence"

    I have to laugh at the first part of that, you can't have your cake and eat it to. You don't get the most sensitive shoe on the market and have it do micro edging, sorry. I will say that *for the degree of sensitivity* this shoe edges fairly well (compared to teams of maverinks), however there is absolutely no midsole. Most all shoes have a some type of midsole under the toes to provide additional stiffness, which provides the platform to edge. If you want a bit more edging ability the chimera has a TPS insert that goes across the toes only (no ball of foot, still killer for smearing). When it comes to edging on slab to just slightly overhanging rock the drago flat out sucks. If you're on a slightly overhanging route that requires you to pull with your toes in a high rockover they just don't do so hot. The best shoe in that department for me has been the testarossa (it's like having talons with friction). I wore the drago and testarossa back to back and then with one model on each foot on a sport route that required mostly thin edging and had a lot of those rockover moves, the pump was far less with testarossas on. Also tried them back to back at the gym one day on a problem that had only single wood screw jibs and features of wall for feet, the testarossa allowed me to float without crimping hard, had to bear down on my fingers in the drago.

    So in summary, if you like sensitive and soft shoes I'd recommend these for 99% of plastic (especially steep bouldering), steep sandstone, granite bouldering that requires mostly smedging, anything hooking intensive. If you don't have strong feet these will not work well for you.

    I do not recommend these for limestone, granite with angular features and low friction, serpentinite, or any thin edging route.

    Excellent specialty shoe

    Great sensitive shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a good high performance shoe. Quite sensitive but I like softer shoes. Mostly worn this while sport climbing from steep roofs to techy granite and its performed great. I wear 41 in Drago, 41.5 in Skwamas and 40 in Solutions

    Mostly boulder or climb inside?

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

    If the answer is yes, buy these shoes! The stickiest most performance shoe I've ever had on my foot. Aimed at an average to wide foot, this shoe fits and feels like a compression sock that gently reinforces your foot in the most optimal climbing position. If you've only owned shoes with thick rubber, it will take a few weeks for your toes to get stronger, but it's totally worth it. Oh if you're a toe-hooker these handsome fellows will turn you into a bat!
    When buying find the pair that feels like a comfortable-ish fit brand new, then go down a half size. The first few days of climbing they'll be a shoe that has to be taken off after each boulder/route. After that they turn into a comfortable sock!
    (I have wider feet, size US 9.5, I own the size 42 Dragos)

    Tactical Beast

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    These shoes are a great specialty shoe. From intense bouldering to route climbing both indoors and out, the drago combines a snug fit of a slipper and the aggression and precision of a great edging shoe. The drago has a lot of rubber on the shoe so any toe hooking, heel hooking, smearing works incredibly well in these shoes. The rand also is incredibly durable, meaning when you dont wear the shoe for a while or after a long session they are going to maintain their downturned shape and feel as tight when you put them on for your next session. I would save these for high performance situations or send goes for sure. If you are looking for an elite competition shoe or performance based shoe these are your weapons of choice. I would avoid these if you are a beginner because of the softness of the rubber and style of climbing they accel at. These shoes are also great for a lighter climber looking for more sensitivity in their climbing shoe. These shoes are comparable to the furia or Team VXI from five ten. I would say they are stiffer than both those shoes though.

    Unanswered Question

    Has anyone had experience with both the Dragos and Miura/VS and able to offer a comparison?

    Unanswered Question

    How is the sizing compared to the Booster S? If I wear a 41 in the Booster should I go with the same size? I can't seem to find these anywhere in store to try on. And how much would these stretch?