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The Rapid LT is a minimal alpine hiking and approach shoe for moving light and fast in the mountains. A low-profile midsole with 7 mm of drop from heel to forefoot keeps the foot closer to the trail for stability, and the toe rand gives solid protection when scrambling over talus, scree and broken terrain. Lacing to the toe provides even more intimacy for precision foot placements, and the sticky rubber inspires confidence when covering slabby or rocky terrain. Speedy peak baggers meet your new best friend.
SizingSCARPA Sizing Chart
Measure your foot with a ruler, using cm or inches; convert to Euro or US using this chart. If you need mondo sizing, please refer to the SCARPA chart on this page/tab. We recommend you purchase two sizes, the size you think you are plus one .5 size bigger for fit testing at home. As long as the products are in like new condition and the packaging is 100% intact, we will credit you for the returned product.
General fitting rules depend on the product's intended use... follow the appropriate guidelines below for best results.
- The bigger/heavier/more supportive the product, the more you may want to upsize .5 - 1full size. Lighter, softer, more supple shoes can be sized closer to your measured size.
- Note: SCARPA Plastic mountain boots all use UK sizing; UK converts easily: 1 full size smaller than US men's size, 2 sizes smaller than US women's size.
- Try on with appropriate socks for your usage. The bigger the boot, the more appropriate a bigger sock (sounds crazy, huh?)
- If you use orthotics or already have aftermarket footbeds, measure against the standard footbed in boot. Fit into boot for sizing/fitting the boot.
- Best to try on at the end of the day when your feet are larger/swollen, than when your feet are fresh to ensure good fit after a long day.
- Lacing can play an incredibly important part of a good fit. Be sure to play with lacing when analyzing fit.
- Make sure your heel isn't slipping.
- Make sure your toes aren't hitting the end.
**Approach shoes may be sized smaller for performance purposes but beware... small shoes are really uncomfortable on the trail.
Rock climbing shoes
- From your measured size, you'll want to consider downsizing .5 - 2 full sizes. The flatter the shoe, the closer to your measured size; the more downturned/aggressive the shoe, the more you'll want to downsize.
- The best fit is comparative between sizes and only you will be able to judge that, though an experience climber could offer good insights to your fit.
- If it feels painful, it may break in... or it may not.
- Pain sucks as a rule of thumb though and makes climbing miserable.
- Only you can judge what's 'acceptable' discomfort.
- Good fitting rock shoes shouldn't necessarily be 'comfortable' by walking/running shoe standards.
- Look for looseness/bagginess in the toes and heel. Bagginess can mean 'slop' when climbing with feet perspiring, etc.
- Toes should completely fill the toebox.
- Heel should feel solid; like they won't pull off if heel hooking.
- Any foot movement in new shoes will mean sloppy fit when broken in.
- From your measured foot, convert to US size using the scale. Translate the US size to Mondo size using the SCARPA mondo scale (not 'true' mondo conversion)
- Shell fit: taking liner out of the shell and inserting foot, toes touching end of shell but completely flat.
- Should have 1.5 - 2 fingers of space behind heel and heel of shell (between 14mm - 20mm)
- Too little space = go up one shell
- Too much space = go down one shell
- If not sure... fit test BOTH shell sizes
- Put on a ski sock for gosh sake!
- Use and orthotic? Put it the boot (after taking out the standard footbed).
- Put foot in boot AND BUCKLE IT! You can not tell a boot fit without buckling it
- This will pull your heel back into the heel pocket, relieving cramped toe space
- Boots do pack out! A 'comfy' fit when new will mean slop later.
- Regardless, your toes should NOT be pressed against the end of the liner
- Get your Intuition liners molded! This provides THE BEST FIT available.
- Any minor pressure points or space will be eliminated by molding
- Find an experience SCARPA dealer for fitting/molding
- Boot fitting is an incredible service and generally requires a service fee of varying amounts... it's worth it though!
More good information fitting available here.
- Upper: Suede, recycled synthetic leather, recycled polyester mesh
- Plate: H -EVA Plate
- Midsole: Compression Molded EVA
- Outsole: Speed Lite HDR
- Last: TR3/TRL3
- Sizes: 39 – 47, 48 (half sizes)
- Weight: 320g; 11.3oz (1/2 pair size 42)
- Color: Anthracite/Orange
- Product Code: 32013/351
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Anonymous Jan 29, 2014
I love these shoes. I use them mainly for walking and hiking in the hills. The shoes shine off trail with reasonable grip, no heel slip, and soles solid enough that there is no real pressure on the foot. I have very narrow feet and these shoes are perfect for me. I've used them nearly every day, 5-8 miles a day, for about 6 months. They are still in great shape, except for the laces. This is my only quibble. Fancy color coordinated laces that are about trash. Not bad, really.
Anonymous Oct 18, 2013
I received my first pair of rapid Lt's about 3 weeks ago. Since that time I've probably put about 100+ rugged miles on then. Day 1 out of the box and up 12 miles RT to the 14150' summit of Mt. Sneffels, which the last 1/2 mile consisted of scrambling on steep scree, bouldering up short walls and smearing on wonderful (not) San Juan stone. My first impression was that the shoes were not as sensitive nor fit as well as the Spark. They felt too narrow in the toe box and a little sloppy in the heel. This all changed after the second day when I got caught out near the summit of Mt. Abrams in a rain/snow squall. With soaking feet I descended the 4000' back to my truck and hurried home. My third time out, low and behold, the shoes fit a whole lot better and probably on par with the Spark. Obviously, they just needed a "little breaking in" to be as comfortable and fit as well as the Spark. These are great shoes, incredibly light, super comfortable and reasonably durable. The soles could be a little stickier, but for most activities, they are just fine. Good approach shoes that won't weight you down when attached to your harness on those long multi pitch routes. Jay Smith
Anonymous May 16, 2013
Last year I bought some Scarpa Sparks for trail running, and soon after I threw away all my other trail running shoes. But then I wore them out fast because they became my favorite day hiking shoe! Enter the Rapid. Along with a new pair of Sparks (now only for running), I have already put miles on my new Rapids. Great for day hiking (I'll never go back to thick-soled high-heeled trail shoes), one pleasing thing is the remarkable grip. Despite not being brand "V", the soles are surprisingly durable and grippy. Mud, scree, steep clay dirt, they hold.
- Anonymous Jan 29, 2014