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Scarpa Gecko Approach Shoe - Men's

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    Wear the gecko, be the gecko.

    Stick to the sides of steep sandstone ascents to desert climbs with the Scarpa Men's Gecko Approach Shoe. Vibram's reliable Reptilla rubber gives this shoe a good grip on technical moves as hard as fifth-class. The soft suede upper breaks in fast without breaking down over time, and the recycled polyester lining works with the upper's mesh panels to keep your foot comfortable in warmer temperatures. There's also a rubber toe cap for rock protection, and a dual-density EVA midsole provides plenty of cush for long approaches.

    • Suede upper with mesh panels and rubber toe cap
    • Recycled polyester lining
    • Dual-density EVA midsole
    • Vibram Reptilla SR sole
    • Item #SCR002P

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    1.8mm suede, polyester mesh
    recycled polyester
    dual-density EVA
    Vibram Reptilla SR
    Claimed Weight
    [size 42, single] 13.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    trekking, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    The best approach shoe for technical

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    These thing are the perfect shoe for technical scrambling. They are not good for trail running ad there is very little padding under foot, but because they are slimmed down, they perform very well in technical terrain, giving you great sensitivity for climbing. Recently used on West Ridge of Mt. Stuart in terrible rime ice conditions, and they shined. It took mine ~35 miles of hiking and scrambling in the cascades to break in.

    5th Class Possible

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 157lbs

    The Gecko is my #1 go-to approach shoe if there is any scrambling involved in the approach or descent. I find it comfortable to go 5.5 in these easy.
    - Great rubber, toe control + sticky
    - Snug fit
    - Nice heel loops that clip easily
    - Robust out-sole and leather construction

    - They are minimal, which makes perfect since for an approach shoe that you'll need to clip to your harness. But there's a small sacrifice for support. That said, I think these hit the sweet spot. Still, anything longer than 4 miles and my dogs are barking.
    - Weight. They aren't the lightest shoe to be clipping to your harness or putting in a pack. But I have a pair of Arc'teryx "approach" shoes that are ultralight but terrible for scrambling... I guess you can't have it all, right?

    Great approach shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I had a pair of Scarpa Crux approach shoes for several years before they kicked the bucket and I decided to upgrade to the Gecko. The fit on these is even better than the Crux (which didn't fit badly by any means). The toe box is more comfortable, and I like the dual-density EVA midsole because it is more durable than the Eco-Pure midsole on the Crux (which was the first thing to break down on me). These definitely have higher quality materials so they are built to last. They are less bulky and have a better toe shape for scrambling than the Crux, while still having super grippy rubber.

    These don't have a ton of cushion under the forefoot, so my feet were a bit tender on the one 7+ mile hike I did in them, but that is my fault for not wearing my normal hiking shoes on a non-technical hike of that distance.

    I normally wear a size 9 and I went with a 41.5 for a snug fit for use on more technical scrambles.

    Mountain Slayer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    These shoes are battle hardened mountain slayers. Tough, look great, feel great. Very impressed. These shoes will last a long time.

    Rugged Approach Shoe

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

    After a dog stole and hid one of my beloved, yet dilapidated Guide Tennies, I took it as a sign that I should get new approach shoes. I ended up settling on the Geckos after reading some great reviews regarding their durability. I climb pretty much every weekend, so my approach shoes take a beating.

    I've had the Geckos for a couple months now and though I haven't done any approaches longer than a few miles, they have been comfortable and are showing very little wear. The rubber is pretty sticky, which is nice on steep scrambles and easy climbs. Climbing-wise they feel a bit bulky for jamming, but perform pretty well otherwise.

    Overall, these shoes are great. I would happily buy them again.

    Killer Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    This shoe is one of my favorite approach shoes I've ever tried. It is lightweight, comfortable, has sticky rubber that just doesn't slip. I've done everything from scrambling ridges & talus fields, to soloing the Flatirons & West Slabs in this shoe & climbing 5.9s in these guys. The toe box is stiff enough to jam cracks and not feel like the shoe is crumbling below you. There is a low drop on the heel to give a "minimalist" feel to the shoe.
    There is a little bit of a break-in period with these shoes but once they break in they are very comfortable.

    Scarpa really crushed it with the Gecko. I would take these over the classic Guide Tennie's all day long!

    Sweet Shoe

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

    Gave these to my bro for his birthday upon his request. He had to have them after seeing some out on the trail and at his work. He loves the way they look and says they're comfortable.

    Sweet shoes!!

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46.0
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I use the Scarpa Gecko Approach Shoes both for outdoor excursions and just wearing around. They excel at both!!

    The Vibram sole provided amazing grip on Moab sand stone (as expected) . The sole is also fairly stiff, which combined with a moderately pointed toe, let's you actually do some easy sport climbing.

    They have enough cushion to be comfortable on long hikes or just wearing around town. I personally dig the styling, but that's probably open for interpretation.

    Sizing runs a bit small, I'm usually a 12.0 / 45.0 with a wide-ish foot, and the 46.0 is great (tried the 45.0 first and ended up returning it).