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    22 Reviews


    Vaporize your projects.

    Upgrade your sending arsenal with Scarpa Men's Vapor V Climbing Shoe before hopping on your lifelong projects again. This shoe focuses on precise footwork over a variety of footholds, both overhung and vertical. Bi-Tension randing reverses standard slingshot randing in order to connect your toe to your heel, instead of uncomfortably bunching your toes towards the front of the shoe. The result is a more powerful performance, assisting any movement from technical static moves to huge dynamic jumps.

    Scarpa made the Vapor V's upper out of stretchy, soft, and strong suede, so expect a bit of stretch after some use. The air mesh gusseted tongue enhances the upper's overall comfort, and it prevents debris from falling in. The Flexan midsole is on the softer side, but the Vibram XS Edge sole keeps the Vapor V in its slightly downturned, asymmetric shape. A slight downturn feels excellent on technical vertical routes as well as overhung boulder problems.

    • Suede microsuede upper
    • Air mesh gusseted tongue
    • Bi-Tension System rand
    • Flexan midsole
    • Vibram XS Edge sole
    • Item #SCR002E

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    suede, microsuede
    Vibram XS Edge (4mm)
    slight downturn
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    asymmetrical toe profile
    Claimed Weight
    [single, 40] 8.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great performance shoes

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

    I've owned this shoe for a few years (the older orange and off white velcro), and the newest iteration is slightly tweaked. Compared to the older generation the new model appears to have slightly more down turn, and more rubber over the big toe. This so far has translated into a more powerful feeling shoe compared to the previous generation. I still go with the same size I've been using for years so the fit hasn't changed only the shape and performance.

    Great Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42

    I love these shoes. The slightly large toe box provided a great fit for my foot. The semi-aggressive downturn on the shoes are great for bouldering and climbing complex series.
    They fit perfectly after running them up the wall a few times and nearly fit right out of the box! I expected a longer break in period, but these really fit the bill.
    Careful on the sizing because scarpa has a few levels of 1/3 sizing instead of 1/2 sizes around the 8 and 10 sizes, so take a look at the sizing charts to be sure of your size.
    I typically wear a size 9 in my street shoes, and the 42's fit great!

    One & Only

      I've been using these shoes for just over a season now and I absolutely love them. I spend most of my time on single pitch sport routes and these shoes do everything I need them to do. The soles have bomber grip & a great shape, and the velcro lacing is seamless when yanking my shoes on/off between climbs. I bought a half euro-size down which hurt a bit for the first week but after a bit of width stretch and tolerance building they fit perfectly - tight & responsive. I hope they never stop making these shoes so I don't have to look elsewhere in the future.

      My favorite shoe I have owned

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 43

      I'll start by telling you a bit about my foot type and style before I get into my review.

      I currently live in Kentucky so most of my climbing is spent on Sandstone year round. I climb in the Red and on weekends in the fall and winter I spend time bouldering at Stonefort and Rocktown. I have a wide, long, flat foot and these fit perfect.

      Because of my foot type, I have always had a hard time with getting a shoe to fit right. I was on a problem last season at Stonefort that has a pretty gnarly heel hook. At the time I was climbing in a pair of la Sportiva Futura's. At the crux of the problem I threw a heel on and my foot slid out just a bit unexpectedly. This had never happened before in those shoes, but over time they just stopped fitting well. This was my first pair of Scarpa's, and they have been the best shoe for my foot. I need an aggressive shoe that allows me to keep my toes on in the red on over hung routes, but still allows me to feel like I can pop a heel on with confidence in the south. This shoe has been the answer for my climbing. That being said, it might not be the best for you if you want something super aggressive! I have a hard time with finding a shoe that offers aggression for flat feet. I have tried 3 different models of evolve in the past (Defy, Pontas II, and Shaman's) and they have all been average in performance (the shaman being the best) but I have blown through all of them fairly quickly. This shoe has been through more days in the Red than I can count, 4 bouldering trips, and endless amount of gym sessions. Hopefully they will make it through the Spring because I really enjoy them. I will be getting another pair.

      Great shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9.5

      Didn't buy from BackCountry, but just wanted to give the basics of what I've found from the shoe so far after a few weeks of climbing in them.

      Sizing: Street shoe is about 9.5, I bought these in 9.0, and the fit is solid. The heel feels maybe slightly wide for me, but at the same time I've done some deep heel hooks in them and they've been solid so I'm not worried about it. If it gives a better reference, La Sportiva doesn't fit me, far too narrow (they make amazing shoes but they seem to be a bit more on the narrow side), 5.10 Pinks at 9.5 are a perfect fit, and I have Butora Accros in a size 10. So I'd say definitely they fit slightly wide feet, but otherwise true to size. They're leather, so they did stretch, but I'd say about a half size is appropriate: mostly rubber, so they won't stretch as much as say Mythos or Rogues.

      Rubber/stiffness/sensitivity: solid medium. About as sensitive/soft as the 5.10 pinks, so a bit more sensitive than most of the Anasazis in general, but more stiff than say Mythos or Accros. So yeah, compared to other shoes I've tried, I'd call them a medium in terms of stiffness.

      Overall, they seem to be a good middle ground - aggressive but not crazy so, durable but not as thick of rubber as other shoes, some stiffness but not too much. And of course, the most important part: I'm loving them, solid all around shoe.

      They're great shoes

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

      Great shoe! I got these during the winter months and have used them mostly in the gym. They are comfortable and they seem like they are a great well rounded shoe. I look forward to trying them on some real rock.

      My go to technical shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10

      I bought these in my street shoe size because I wanted to use them for the more technical multi-pitch routes. Even without downsizing, this shoe is getting it done! One of my new favorites. I like it so much that I plan to get the lace version soon.

      I would go a half size down if I was using this shoe for sport climbing or bouldering.

      My New Workhorse

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 45.5

      I love Scarpa shoes for their wider toe box (seems to be the only game in town for those of us with wide feet). Unfortunately, most of their line stops at size 45 -- which is an aggressive fit for me. If I wear my Instinct S for several days in a row (climbing trips, etc), I'll end up with blisters and won't be able to put them on again for at least 2 weeks.

      This shoe is a perfect companion shoe for my quiver. They're less downturned, less sensitive and comfortable enough in a 45.5 to use for several days on (as long as I take them off periodically). I mostly boulder, and I find that these strike a sweet spot for performance and comfort. They seem to do everything well, have a confident heel, nice toe patch and edge as well as any boulderer needs. I love wearing these on slab and flat wall boulders. The stiffness is just enough to prevent pain (on short routes), while still being sensitive enough to wear in a variety of problem styles.

      I have probably 8 different pairs of shoes (Scarpa, Sportiva, Red Chili, Lowa, Boreal and Tenaya) but 9 times out of 10, I reach for these -- and clean up the rest with my Instincts. These are a performance all-arounder, well made and enjoyable to climb in. If I could keep only 1 pair, this would be it -- But I don't, and these plus a more sensitive, aggressive shoe fill out a pretty darn good bouldering quiver.

      Great for bouldering or lead climbing

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 42.5

      I have been using these shoes for several months now and am really glad I bought them. Before I had very loose fitting shoes so these were my first tight fitting shoes with a slight downturn. I climb indoors mainly, mostly lead climbing, and usually in the 5.10 range. My feet very, very rarely slip off of a hold. I also boulder from time to time and they hold up very well. My street shoe is a 44 and I bought these at 42.5. I have never had tight shoes before so they were extremely tight, I almost sent them back. Eventually I broke them in and now they are snug and i take them off a few times while climbing. Overall, I love these shoes and I highly recommend.

      Great Shoe!

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

      The Vapor V's are great for everything. The edging performance is amazing and they're super comfortable. The slightly down-turned toe combined with extremely sticky rubber make the Vapor V's great for bouldering and steep climbs.

      I originally purchased these in a 41.5 (a half size smaller than my street shoe size), but couldn't get them on. I ended up exchanging them for a 42. They definitely run a little small, so keep that in mind when purchasing.


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

      Bought these bad boys as my primary all-around shoe for sport, trad, gym, and boulder. I am throughly impressed by their edging performance and comfort for a slightly downturned shoe. The crisp Vibram XS Edge rubber is sticky yet durable and the toe rubber along with the grooved heel allow you to stick those hooks.

      Sized them a half size down from my street size for a comfortable fit and they stretched a half size up after a couple of long gym sessions. If you are looking for a performance shoe for steep sport and moderate boulders, I'd downsize them about a size or a size and a half from your street size as they are leather with a synthetic upper and will stretch a bit.


      theres no better shoe for wide feet

      • Size Bought: 43.5

      My feet a pretty wide which makes it very hard to find a shoe that fits and that's not too big. Vapor v was recommended to me by backcountry associate. Judging by my street shoe I was recommended 44, but I insisted on 43.5 and I'm glad I did. At first they were unbearably tight and I couldn't wear them for more than 20 minutes, but after a few weeks they broke in and they are a lot more of a 1 hour shoe. I wish I could give then 4.5 stars, the few issues that I have are loose heels, don't get me wrong, you're never gonna slip out of a heel hook, but they could be narrower to get into tighter spots. And the back top transition from rubber to leather makes it very uncomfortable for Achilles, especially taking them off feels like razors are cutting in. But with time it goes away as they break in. They didn't stretch much at all, definitely more comfortable in the tie box, but I don't think they stretched lengthwise at all, they do stay true to their size to don't go down more than a size from the street shoe. Great bouldering shoes overall.

      Great gift

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

      Bought these as a gift for a friend of mine who is just starting to get serious about her climbing. Even though these are a men's shoe, she has larger feet with a wider toebox and couldn't find something that fit well for indoor climbing. I picked these out for her and she absolutely loves them. They fit true to the size chart and like I said, are great for a wider foot.

      Great all-around shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 43

      I have the curse of having wide forefeet, with relatively narrow heels. Wide footed climbers rejoice -- these shoes fit incredibly well. Frankly, I was somewhat shocked when I tried them on the first time, after having struggled so much in the past to find something wearable. I'm a size 10 street shoe, and ended up fitting 43 in these; I considered sizing down a half size but opted to go true to size on these (which were still fairly tight on my foot at the beginning). Stretch was about 1/2 size, definitely not a full size. These have turned into my all-around "I'm too lazy to switch into other shoes today, so I'll just bring these" shoes; good edging, smearing. Fairly stiff but not overly so, a la Scarpa's Boostics (which are like wearing cudgels on each feet!). There have a mild downturn, which when worn on my ridiculously flat feet, become straightened out. Really bearable shoes to wear for longer durations.

      Good Sport Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 38.5

      Great shoe for sport climbing. It is a little stiffer and less sensitive than other scarpa offerings such as the instinct line and the booster S. That being said, they are a bit nicer for vertical terrain with more edging involved. For bouldering and steeper climbing such as at The Red, I wear the booster S. Little bit stiffer all around than the sensitive shoes so took longer to break in for me. As always, scarpa is the only brand that will fit my wide feet. All around solid kicks.

      Great shoe for bouldering

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 36.5

      I picked up a pair of these vapor v, 2014 edition, on super sale ($50), to take on a beach trip. I needed a pair of shoes i could destroy on the beach without stressing about it.

      I used them all week, and the saltwater definitely did some damage, and the sharp rock tore up the rubber pretty well (especially after getting the shoes wet), and now i am actually upset the shoes are a bit of a write off, because they are terrific.

      What i love about them:

      Great support, tight precision, super edging, bearable on for a couple of hours at a time. I did not think they performed their best on slab, but then, they are not meant to.


      I usually wear la sportiva, and i go by the european sizing. Scarpa runs smaller. I bought the vapor Vs in a 36.5. For reference i have sportiva mythos in a 35; sportiva miuras in a 35.5 and solutions in a 36. The vapor Vs in a 36.5 were definitely nice and tight, tighter than my 36 solutions.

      Photo, topping out in Virgin Gorda, BVI

      Great shoe for bouldering

      Handy and Useful Synthetic Climbing Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 42.5

      I bought this shoe after a few months of bouldering in a gym, and let me just say it is a huge improvement over the rentals. It is incredibly snug and and never feels like it slips off the rock. The downturn is especially helpful for the small footholds. When I purchased the shoe it fit a bit tight but stretches to your foot, in addition the heel is snug and holds your foot in the shoe. It also breathes well and i've only had to loosen it initially while stretching it out. Overall a nice synthetic shoe, easy to get on and off.

      Unanswered Question

      How are these compare to the past vapor model (orange ones) in terms of sizing? My last vapor's where 40.5. Should I buy the same size? I read newest iteration have a little extra space in toebox. Thanks :)