Because that crux pitch means business.
Where comfier climbing shoes don't give the performance you need for a cruxy sequence high up on a multi-pitch, and high-performing climbing shoes feel too uncomfortable to wear all day, the Scarpa Men's Maestro Mid Eco Climbing Shoe treads the line between comfort and performance so you can have the best of both worlds. It sports an ever-so-subtle downturn to amplify the performance you need for the crux, and moderate asymmetry creates a comfier fit when compared to most aggressive, downturned shoes. The IPC-Tension rand surrounds the upper to maintain the shoe's subtle downturn and moderate asymmetry for life, and Scarpa heightened the eco-friendly leather upper for better coverage in cracks. Vibram's XS Edge rubber gives this sole a stiff feel for the support needed on long multi-pitches.
- Climbing shoe balances performance with comfort for multi-pitches
- IPC-Tension maintains subtle aggression for life
- Eco-friendly leather upper in a mid-top length for coverage
- Stiff sole made with Vibram XS Edge rubber
- Item #SCR006K
- Q & A
I Had So Much Hope
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
On paper these shoes looked amazing. And when I got my current pair, there was a lot to like (I'm on my third pair for various fit/build quality issues). The tension under foot is spot on, the wide forefoot is perfect for me, the extra protective rubber and padding are excellent in cracks... but... over the past few months of use I've found two fatal flaws, at least for me.
The first, is the new stitch pattern in the leather (that they talk about in the videos), it rubs a raw spot on one of my toes, which I now have to tape, which is annoying. Second, and this one is the deal-breaker, is the heel tension. Now I know these are technical shoes, I wasn't looking for a pair of bedroom slippers, but the heel on these drives my toes forward enough that I can't wear them for more than a few pitches, all while driving that toe harder into the stitching, and leaving space behind my heel on both shoes. And yes I'm in the right size for me.
I guess I'm just disappointed. I was hoping to find something that fit me better than the TC Pro and offered the same capabilities, but that is not the case.
How are people sizing these relative to TC pros? I wear a 46 in TC Pros, and would want the same or just slightly looser fit than I get with those.
Hey there! I haven't worn the TC Pro's, but I normally wear a size 42 EU/ 9 US for my street shoe, and a size 41.5 EU for most Scarpa shoes, and I found that these fit me best in a size 41. So I recommend going a full size down from your street shoe sizing. I hope this helps, and feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com if you have any other questions about the shoes that I can help out with!