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Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe - Vibram XS Grip2

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    20 Reviews


    Quick-on, quick-off, quick-up.

    The Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe combines a seriously aggressive down-turned toe with the convenience of a slip-on design to get you sending quickly. To top it off, Scarpa added a super sticky Vibram XS Grip2 sole and wrapped the rubber over the toe to give you an edge on the steepest routes out there.
    • Unlined uppers will stretch about a full size
    • Down-turned toe for better performance on overhanging routes
    • Slip on design ideal for bouldering
    • Item #SCR0145

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Vibram XS Grip2
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 40] 6.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    bouldering, sport climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    technical, comfy and sensible

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my preferite shoe for bouldering because it fits perfectly my foot and its technical characteristics make each movement very natural and instinctive (the name "Instinct" is indeed appropriate). It is very sensitive because of the grip x2 that lasts like the edge4 if you correctly exploit its sensitivity. It is ideal for elegant and intuitive climbing, better for bordering, even very hard boulders, than for single pitch climbing.

    Solid Climbing Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    All-around an excellent bouldering and sport climbing slipper; I sized accordingly and have a perfect vacuum fit after the initial break-in period. While heel hooking feels somewhat less secure than in my laced shoes on account of the slipper design, it is better than in any other slipper I have tried on. Toe hooks and edging are excellent.

    I would not advise them for trad or anything involving cracks.

    I wear a 44.5 in street shoes, and 44 in 5.10 Anasazi and Quantum. The 42.5 I purchased in the Instinct S is a significantly more aggressive fit even after the break-in process.

    Best All-Around

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 40.0
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    You'll perform well in every condition, with these, except long trad days.

    I wear a 9.0 street shoe. The 40.0 is perfect for me. The heel is a touch big, but it's doable. And, I'd be wearing the Boostic for major heel hooks, anyway. In the Boostics I wear a 40.5, but size down for this one.

    Good climbing shoes.

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 250lbs

    I gave these shoes as a gift and the recipient seems to enjoy them. He says they're great for training in the gym, both while bouldering and on ropes, and that the down-turn angle helps with footholds. He also said the break-in time was rough and his feet hurt, but he's also a baby, so who really knows...

    Just Great Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: US 8

    These shoes have the potential to be your do-it-all bouldering shoe. I have not done any sport climbing, but I have been bouldering for about a year with these shoes and they have done me well. Out of the box they were a bit slippery, but the rubber broke in very quickly and when it did I had the confidence to stand on micro-holds and toe into little pockets. Slipper shoes are seriously great to have. Taking these on and off is simple, quick, and really taken for granted until you use a Velcro shoe for a while. My street shoes are an 8-8.5 and I bought these shoes in an 8. The toe box fits me very well but I have a some dead space on the sides of my heel. In retrospect I probably could I have gone a half size down to eliminate the dead space, however these shoes still perform.

    The XSGrip2 is sticky and very responsive. I bought these shoes when I was still learning hoe to boulder, therefore my footwork was poor and started to wear into the rind after 3.5 months. However, I am confident that a more experienced climber with proper footwork would experience a much longer life with these shoes and would be very pleased with them.

    Great Shoe from Heinz Mariacher

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I haven't had a pair of Scarpas since the era of the green Minimas and the orange Dom Vs--if you can remember back that far, they just seemed a bit under par in terms of fit, performance, and rubber when stacked up against leading models from Sportiva or Five Ten, but finally the tide has shifted. Under the direction legendary climbing shoe designer Heinz Mariacher, Scarpa's newest shoes, like the Instinct, are top notch in terms of fit and performance. This shoe is sensitive, powerful on steep terrain, and is easy to take on and off, making it great for the gym and boulders.

    Can't believe Scarpa discontinued these.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 130lbs

    These shoes are seriously some of the best bouldering boots I've ever had the pleasure to wear. It's a damn shame Scarpa just discontinued them, because I won't know what to train in at the gym anymore. I guess I'm just grateful that Backcountry still has some left. I love projecting plastic pullers in these because they're super aggressive and easy to take on and off. Do yourself a favor and size down on this pair, because they will stretch more than a pair of leggings on an elephant.

    Awesome Bouldering Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 38
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Great shoe for steep stuff. It is highly sensitive and highly precise. Very tapered toe that you can really pull with. Was able to heel hook without much trouble despite being a slipper. Fit is comparable to other scarpa shoes. I found the instinct line to be ever so slightly smaller than their other high performance shoes like the booster s.


      I have a foot that every la sportiva shoe fits perfectly. I've been told i have a la sportiva shaped foot. solutions have been my go to shoe for about 6 months but i wanted something for comfortable that could still perform. enter the instinct. For Scarpa, i have to go up a half euro size from my la sportiva shoes. My tc pro and katanas are 40's. my solutions are 39.5 and i have to put water in them just to get them on ( way too tight). for the scarpas i went with the 40.5 and they fit like a charm!

      Do-it-all Slipper

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Height: 5'7"
      • Weight: 135lbs

      These are a great pair of climbing shoes!! I've climbed in them for a little over three months and they've held up very well so far.
      The rubber cap on the toe means you can't size down as much as some other shoes(less room for your knuckles to curl up), but they still deliver the power you need on overhanging foot holds.
      In regard to the fit- these seem to have a higher volume fit, with deep heel cups. I wear 8.5 in most 5.10 shoes and 38.5 for La Sportiva, the best fit for me in these was a 40.
      These do have a thicker sole, so they're not quite as sensitive as some other slippers(speedsters, pythons, addicts...) but I imagine they'll last a little bit longer. The shoes have a fairly stiff midsole so they edge well and offer solid support. They're not the best for smearing but they still hold their own in slabs. The deep heel wraps around your foot nicely and provides solid heel hooking.
      Overall, I am stoked on the shoes and look forward to seeing how they continue to wear.

      Do-it-all Slipper

      Scarpa Instinct S

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

      I normally don't a give a 5 star review but this shoe Deserves it. I am not the average climber. I am 230 lbs and have ridiculous wide feet! I have been climbing around 7 years. I love this shoe, soft and supple. This is my go to do everything shoe, SLAB to STEAP! I wear a size 12/46 Street Shoe. I sized down for a semi performance fit.

      Like all Scarpas, The toebox is a Dream! The way Scarpa has designed their shoes puts them in a class of their own.

      The heal was kind of baggy but I could still heal hook.

      Fit- 44
      I sized these to be an aggresive/comfy shoe for sport. If I were to size them for aggressive bouldering fit I would have gone to a 43-43.5\

      I did get some stretch out of these shoes because of how soft they are.

      I know they make the INSTINCT VS but I wish this shoe had a Strap.

      Best performance shoe

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

      These are my go to performance shoes. They work for everything. XS Grip2 rubber provides sensitivity right out of the box, but the rand is thick enough to provide rigidity enough for even the smallest of feet. The last is slightly downturned which allows aggressive pulling on overhangs while still maintaining comfort on less steep terrain. Toe and heel hook like a dream. My pair sees regular use from slab to 60+degree overhangs. Very reminiscent of the five ten dragon, but the heel stays on better (does bite the Achilles for the first weekish) and the toe maintains precision much longer (no bulging of the rand).

      If You Hate Lacing Up Your Shoes...

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

      Sometimes -- usually later in a climbing sesh or during a second day on -- even tugging on a couple pieces of Velcro to close my shoes seems annoying to me. Enter the Instinct S. I wear these shoes on my warm ups, bouldering, in the gym, and even on easier vertical face-climbing terrain -- pretty much anytime I am "over" putting on shoes with laces or Velcro closure, or I want to be able to quickly pop my shoes on and off. I downsize my shoes two sizes down from street shoes (I like them tight!), so after a couple days of climbing, my feet want out as soon as I get to the top of a pitch -- and being able to reach down and quickly pull these off my heels is always sweet relief. As an added bonus, they offer precision and sensitivity!

      Best Red Rock Sport Climbing Shoe Ever!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small

      Amazing shoe! Great fit, great toe box, nice pointy toe! Great at Red Rock and reasonably comfortable. I like it 1/2 Euro size bigger than Sportiva. These are soft/sensitive, so not ideal for Mt Charleston, but an amazing shoe at Red Rock and on steep climbs where edging power is not the top priority. My go to shoe for all climbs that are not edge (stiffness) intensive. I am now my second pair. I have found that rock and resole really knows how to resole these, FYI! They know how to maintain the cup and camber for a resole or two.

      Easy on and off + Performance

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I loved the instinct lace-ups, but I needed an easy on and off shoe as I am beginning to get more into bouldering. This shoe has the same great performance as the lace-up, but the slip-on feature makes them ideal for the "3 moves and rest" nature of bouldering. For my wide feet, these seem to provide all the performance I need while not crushing my pinky toe and outside arch into smithereens. Very pleased after almost a month of very consistent use. I wear size 10 street and am very happy with size 42 in these. I've attached a cheesy little video the put the Instincts to the test.

      A Great All Arounder

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

      Super comfortable and high performance slippers. Extremely sensitive and edge very well. Overall they perform great on generally everything. I love using these primarily in the gym and on sport climbs that I know quite well. They slip on and off in seconds and seem to stay a good fit even after a lot of use. In some respects, the more you use them the better they get, and they resole really well.

      Nice Slipper

        I got these shoes almost a year ago because I wanted an aggressive high-performance shoe that I could use both for sport climbing and trad routes. I've got a size 9 (men's) foot, wide up front and narrow in the back, and got the 41.5. I sized them for comfort, and many folks my size would probably want a half or full size smaller. I've read some of the other reviews and pretty much agree with what others have to say. They take a few sessions to break in, but once they do, they are pretty comfy for such a downturned shoe. I've worn mine on multi-pitch routes and I'm OK as long as I slip my heels out when belaying. They even do OK for crack climbing (not too painful). They are definitely all business up front: super precise and powerful, especially for a slipper. They are great for techy granite footwork and sport climbing on steep routes. But they are also a little bit party in the back: the heel cup is baggy on my narrow heel. I don't do much heel hooking, so it doesn't matter, and the slingshot rand does a great job of driving your foot into the front of the shoe anyways. Full disclosure: SCARPA hooked me up with a pair of these shoes. However, I think I'd buy another pair to replace them. There's just something about Italian shoes that set them apart, and the Scarpa shoes tend to fit my wide foot better than the LaSportivas I've tried.


          I love Italian climbing shoes!

          Out of the box these things were awful... I wear a street size 10.5-11 US mens and got these in a 9.5. I had owned a pair of "Boostics," also from Scarpa, and I thought the similar sizing to be a mistake at first...

          However, after a few sessions they stretched and are perfect now!

          I have been developing a lot of boulder problems in the Western Sierra and they are holding up on the VERY sharp granite. I had the pleasure of jamming my feet into a crack yesterday and they performed well. They stick to micro-edges, smear comfortably, and have been great holding up to the abuse that developing causes.

          In situations where moss wasn't cleaned before climbing newer routes, they still stuck to holds and safely got me to the top.

          Also, they are SUPER comfortable now... Took a little while, but they're grrrrreat!

          I will resole and order again from Scarpa as they remain one of my favorites. I say this shoe stands at the tip-top with the Sportiva Testerossa etc!

          Thank you!

          So, after a short time these ended up falling apart on me pretty badly. They get to a certain point and de-laminate. The edge ripped away from the shoe, heals get SUPER SOFT and aren't great to begin with.

          I prefer Sportiva to anything else on the market.

          Good boulder shoe. Some downsides.

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have had these shoes for a little over a year now. I prefer to really put a product through the loops before offering my opinion. And this is just that, my opinion. I will start at the front and work my way back. (good news first)

          The front section of these shoes are amazing. The rubber was always top notch, from frigid January boulder days to the warmer months and ample time spent at the gym. Everything from edging to toe hooks was phenomenal. The only down side to the shoes was the rubber section on the toes. After a day or two of projecting some overhanging problems and really digging with the toe hooks the rubber started to separate. Weird enough it didn't ever seem to hinder the usefulness of the shoe. After a year the front section could use a re-sole. But I would give it 3-4 stars for durability minus the upper toe section. I tend to drag my feet a bit when flagging out and my big toe is poking out on both shoes. (this is after a year of hard climging indoor and outdoors)

          The in and out action was easy to get used to and they wore in excellent. After a couple weeks or less the leather really formed to my feet. The elastic section still holds firm after a lot of wear.

          The only downside to these shoes is a loose heel section. I have spoken with several others that use these shoes and the consensus is the same. Amazing front, poor execution in the heel. They are not the best for aggressive heel hooks and if you really crank on them they tend to slip. Keep in mind I wear my shoes VERY aggressive and even sizing down a half size more than I normally do (in other scarpa's.) I do love these shoes though overall. If and when scarpa makes a shoe with a smaller heel section they will be on my list.

          How is the sizing compared to the Mago?...

          How is the sizing compared to the Mago? Should I get these in the exact same size or up/down?