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Scarpa Techno X Climbing Shoe

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A trad climber's delight.

Scarpa designed its Techno X Climbing Shoe to excel on practically any route you throw it on, from vertical, technical sport climbs to trad routes with cracks and slabs. While the technical flat-lasted construction makes this shoe comfortable for all-day climbing on the big walls, its Bi-Tension active randing system provides maximum power on your toe without cramming them down. And its flat toe profile ensures you can jam your foot in the smallest cracks with the utmost comfort. Perforated suede leather provides comfort and breathability, and microsuede overlays add durability. Its Flexan 1.4 midsole keeps the shoe stiff for quality edging and increased support, and the Vibram XS Edge rubber offers incredible grip and durability so you can smear slabby sections with confidence for many seasons. Scarpa left this shoe unlined for an increased sensitivity, which is something you appreciate when you're climbing on slippery, dime-sized edges.

  • Suede upper with microsuede overlays
  • Asymmetrical lacing system
  • Flat toe profile
  • Flexan 1.4 midsole
  • Vibram XS Edge rubber
  • Unlined
  • Bi-Tension active randing system
  • Technical flat-lasted construction
  • Item #SCR000G
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Long toes, at the end of long low volume feet that are even lower volume in the heel describe these feet I have. Now about the shoe. Originally bought a 43 and bumped it up to a 44. There is just a smidge of extra room in the heel. My big toe feels slightly cramped after wearing them all day (in-between some but not all climbs and pitches), but not bad enough to quit wearing them. As for performance, you get what you pay for! They climb fine as any other shoe I own (evolv and sportiva). Overall, great shoe with slight fit issues due to the length and volume of my feet. Would definitely recommend.

Still Breaking Them In

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought these for climbing longer routes outdoors. I bought them at the beginning of the winter last year (timing?) and have climbed with them in the gym a handful of times. I usually wear an 11.5 in street shoes and initially tried a 45 but they were a little tighter than the fit I wanted. I returned them for a 46 as I wanted something a little comfier for longer routes, but still fit tight enough to yield good edging, etc. I have begun to see the blue coloring bleeding onto my feet (haha) but it comes off in the shower no problem. Reach out to me with any questions you have or even if you just want to say hi : )

Cracks and Slabs

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was looking for a better preforming trad shoe and here it is! I'm a 41.5 in mythos, 43 in TC pros and a 43 in the techno. Super great for those J-tree cracks AND slabs.

Its Just Right

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought the TC Pro, way too stiff for my style. Felt like I was climbing in clogs. I found a cheap pair of Techno's and scooped them up on a whim. It's a perfect shoe, strong edging yet sensitive when worked in a bit. I went a half size up in the Techno X from an all day fit in the TC Pro. This shoe excels at everything except hard consistently overhanging routes. Great face and crack climbing shoe.

Versatile shoe

    The more I use these the more I like them. I use them for my trad, all-around shoe. I have them sized for moderate toe crimp, so they are quite comfortable. For me that was a size 11 with a size 11 foot (they are sized slightly small so this worked out well). I can wear these for long periods, they edge remarkably well, and I am really starting to love them as a crack shoe. The uppers are very solid and sticky so my boney feet don't hurt much in cracks and they grip really well in marginal places. I tried a smaller size just to see if there was much difference in edging performance, but I didn't detect any improvements, just more needless pain. I have a different shoe I use for hard sport routes, but I haven't found these to be lacking much if any thing for routes up to 5.11.

    Awesome Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I've pushed over 100 days of crack climbing in these shoes, guided days and personal climbing, and love these things! They have a very responsive lacing system that allows you to really squeeze down on the toes when you're looking to fit into tight cracks and also feel great to wear on long multi-featured routes throughout Red Rocks. One of the biggest surprises that I discovered in these shoes is how strong and secure my heel feels. I've typically worn a more down-turned shoe when climbing in steep terrain but forgot them on a recent climbing day in Rifle. The Techno X did well on the slippery limestone and steep blocks of Rifle and I felt more secure than I though I would. They are comfortable, climb almost everything well, feel secure and have held up great!

    Amazing Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    My first impressions of this shoe were that they fit and look great right out of the box. I have a low volume heal, and this shoe fits like a glove.
    I have brought them to HCR, RRG, and multiple limestone crags around St. Louis, and am super impressed with how well they stick to the wall. The shape of the toe box seemed farely odd at first, however i've been able to stick on the small holds with barely any purchase with the outside of the foot without slipping off.

    The shoes make me feel like a smurf. The blue die in the leather stains my feet pretty bad. I have ~30 gym climbing sessions and 9 days on the crag, and the staining is not slowing.....

    Overall I love this shoe. Would give five stars if the staining wasn't bad.

    Great Trad Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 120lbs

    Shoe fits true to size and is a great all day shoe. I had a pair of mythos prior to buying these. Im glad I decide to move over to the Techno, fits great, great edging and all day comfort.

    Really Bummed

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 47 and 48

    I was so excited to get these shoes. I had been climbing with the same pair of rock shoes for 12 years, and they finally wore out their usefulness, so here I am. After reading reviews and doing a bit of research, I decided these were the shoes I wanted. I wear a US 13. Originally, I ordered a size EU 47 (US 13- or 12.8ish). The fit seemed painfully small (not good-climbing-shoe pain, but not-quite-right pain). I returned them in exchange for an EU 48. Upon receiving and trying on the 48's, I realized the 47's weren't too small (they're actually true to size IMO), but rather the problem was in how high the stiff rubber goes up the achilles heel tendon on the back. it goes up more than 1/4 inch above my old shoes (see photo - Scarpa on right). I don't suspect this would be a problem when smearing, but, for me at least, when I point my toes downward the stiff rubber on the back digs quite painfully into my achilles, and even pulled my heel up from the bottom. I don't think my feet have weird geometry. It just seems much taller in the back than necessary. The shoes are excellent quality, and for what it's worth they edge quite nicely (I tried them on some crimps on my home wall), but I can't do the back. I know the leather will stretch and form with use, but my fear was that the stiff rubber on the back would just make my outings less than enjoyable. I haven't bought a pair of climbing shoes for 12 years, so I don't know if this is the norm or just this one pair... Aside from the back, everywhere else fit well. Not sure what direction I'll go now.

    Really Bummed

    Replacing the Mythos?

    • Size Bought: 42
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 142lbs

    I'll start by saying I've climbed in Mythos since 1995? Don't quote me, it was in there somewhere. I've generally rotated two pairs since 98'? Size 40, purple or tan did not matter. To help others for sizing I run in Brooks Pure Flow size 9.5. (Lynco insoles in my Brooks)I've purchased size 42 and it is a good fit on the length, it is not quite as snug as Mythos under the arch. It does cradle the front of the heel well, certainly good enough for a solid committing heel hook. I do have pretty thin feet and a high arch; I may try longer laces and do the under wrap, I do that on my mythos. At this point, the Asym toe out climbs the old reliables, However I have not been on granite slab and probably won't be for a while. I'm pleased, and my opinion is Heinz is best designer ever, or he designs to my foot structure? Anyway, It would have been cool to try on the female version to check out the volume difference, but I do have a pair of Scarpa Vapors size 41 for bouldering; super snug fit. The female version of Vapors had so little volume my heel did not "drop in." Hope this helps

    Fits wierd

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 47
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 205lbs

    There was a strange void in the heel, even though my toes were curled. I bought a full size larger than my other Scarpa climbing shoes, hoping for a nice comfortable all day type of thing. I found these shoes, at a size larger, caused more toe compression, and yet despite that there was a good sized void behind my heel. Maybe my feet are weird. YMMV.

    Comfortable, edge well

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 40
    • Height: 5'5"

    I own (and love) a pair of La Sportiva Katanas but I wanted a pair of flat, comfortable shoes for all-day climbing. I tried on the La Sportiva Mythos, but I didn't love how flexible the sole was on the Mythos. The TechnoX gave me the best of both world, good fit and all day comfort of the Mythos but with a stiffer sole and better edging. They climb almost as well as my Katanas, although the front of the foot feels a little less secure without the downturn. The lacing allows you to get a precise fit, which is great for my duck feet. As far as sizing, these shoes are about a size larger than my Katanas, but the same size as my street shoes.

    Note on sizing

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 42
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I wear size USM 8 (rarely 8.5) in most running shoes, street shoes, and hiking boots. I have a wide foot. I was looking for a shoe that was comfortable enough for all day trad that fit with toes flat for use in cracks and that could still edge well.

    The size 41 TechnoX was too short for my toes to lay flat and the width was painful. The heel fit like a glove. With size 41.5 I could almost lay my toes flat, but not quite. Still too narrow around the ball of my foot. Heel had a very slight bagginess, but not bad. I ended up going with size 42. My toes just lay flat, but touch the end of the shoe (the length I was looking for). The width is still snug but OK. You can feel the extensive rubber of the toe and the rand design squeezing, especially when up on the toes. This is more performance enhancing than a problem. The heel has enough extra volume that I can almost pull the heel off even when laced tight. I don't consider this a problem as I won't be heel hooking on the routes I bought this shoe for.

    For reference, my number two choice was the La Sportiva TC Pro. The size 41 TC Pro fit very similar to the size 42 TechnoX. The TC Pro felt slightly wider to me around the ball of the foot, which was attractive to my wide foot, but overall I liked the Techno X just a bit better. For another size reference, I wear a size 9 Five Ten Galileo for bouldering and sport. The fit there is with toes well curled.

    I haven't climbed in them yet, but I'm stoked to use them and am expecting good things based on the fit and previous reviews I've read here and elsewhere.

    My trad climbing shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I got these about a half size bigger than normal so my toes don't hurt while they are wedged in a crack. I love the Vibram XS Edge rubber soles-grips well to quartzite which is normally slippery under foot. They do put a pressure point on the outside of the top of my foot. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars. Overall great shoe.

    just sizing info

    • Fit: True to size

    on a brannock device I am a size 12 shoe with an AA width (about as narrow as it gets). I recently got myself a size 45 (11.5). I was looking for something comfortable with completely flat toes for crack and all day (multi pitch). My toes were curled in this size. I heard they stretch about 1/4 size but I don't think that would have been enough. I'll be looking for a size 45.5 because these look like great shoes (haven't used them on plastic or rock to keep em new). They're comfy, and have a great shape to them, once broken in I imagine they smear a lot better than the TC pro's as well, but still edge stiff for edging and certain cracks.

    Awesome shoe with almost perfect fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46

    I agree with the most recent review. This shoe does what it promises, but the fit is a bit small. Specifically, it is crushing my big toe. Everything else is great. This shoe edges like no other shoe I have had and, barring the toe issue, is very comfortable. Smearing is good, if not great, and I have had no problems wtih the stickiness of the rubber. If the toe would just stretch out (and there has been a small bit of stretch), then everything will be perfect. I can see this for use from sport climbing to multipitch trad. A great shoe and made in Italy, no less!

    Runs half size small, no stretching!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9.5
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    These shoes are great for crack climbing, especially with the extra toe padding. They're decent at edging and pretty comfy. They run about a half size small (I wear size 9 and bought a 9.5 - YMMV) and don't stretch. If you're looking for an all day shoe, make sure they're comfy when you try them on!

    I question the durability... bought a pair in May and had to send them into Scarpa in mid July because the stitching came out on the left shoe where the lace loops through. There was also some loose stitching on the tongue of the right shoe. Scarpa is awesome and they swapped them out and I had a new pair by the end of the week! Hopefully I just had a bad pair, we'll see.

    Last thing: Consider buying extra laces if you climb cracks a lot. I blew through laces in less than two months.

    Best trad shoe I have owned!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This truly is the mythos killer and the reason is performance! This shoe is just as comfortable without stretching a full size after use. The shoe smears better than TC Pro, can edge very well and is great in cracks. This show would steal market share from the TC if it wa a high top for off width protection. IMO this shoe is better than the TC which I have owned because it stands as a better all around shoe. Unless you are standing on dime edges on the dawn wall I would go with this shoe. It is comfortable right out of the box. I was suprised how Comfy it was in cracks not quiet Moccs but pretty close. Only weak spot is heal is low volume so not a great hooker but still works. Here's the important stuff sizing. I wear a 8.5-9 street shoe. For reference I do have a pair of vapor v's 41.5, TC 40.5,muira lace 40, mythos was 39.5. I originally bought my techno sat 41.5 because I read size same as vapor. However since they are flat shoes they felt a little big. My toes were not crunched flat and very comfy I could have easily kept them and performed well. However I knew they would stretch at most .5 so I ordered a pair of 41 (8). They are almost identical in length but the difference I noticed was the overall volume of the shoe was tighter. The reason I tell you this is it was not a dramtic size difference just the little bit I needed. Overall great shoe I like them better than my TC's try them out! Plus got them for 60 bucks cheaper that's a c4 cam.... Here a pic of both sizes literally are exactly same length. And the other is vapor v next techno same size for reference. Hope this helps

    Best trad shoe I have owned!
    Unanswered Question

    I had a pair of the old yellow and gray techno's ( and absolutely loved them. Anyone know if the sizing between the old Techno and the new Techno X is the same/similar? Would love to replace my old pair...

    Unanswered Question

    Harrison, I also climb with a mythos but it's getting time to look at purchasing a new pair of shoes. I wear a 44.5 in my mythos. I saw that you purchased a 43.5 in the Techno X. Did you wear a 43.5 in the mythos? How did the sizing compare?

    Unanswered Question

    I wear a 44 evolv does scarpa sizing run about the same?

    Has anyone else had problems with the technos being slippery? I bought a pair, they fit great, but had so little friction that when I used them at the climbing gym I was unable to do many smeary climbs that I am used to doing with my old scarpa helixes

    Hey Lucas,

    If you are not digging the rubber on the Techno X but still want a flat lasted laceup that performs well, you might check out the Five Ten Stonelands Laceup, Item# FVT1996. They use Stealth C4, which you can't beat for friction and edging.

    Hey guy,

    Not sure if these perform the same as the old Technos but I mine definitely took a few sessions and more to break in/ get used to the rubber. I remember thinking the exact same thing my first few trips to the gym with them, but then it was a non issue after.

    I wear Scarpa Vapor V size 44.5. Should I...

    I wear Scarpa Vapor V size 44.5. Should I get the same size in these?