The ideal balance of lightweight and trail protection, the Spark is SCARPA’s award-winning Mountain Minimal trail running shoe designed for moving fast and confidently on rugged terrain. The low-to-the-ground framework with a 6 mm drop from heel to forefoot helps keep balance and stability on uneven trails. The lacing system works to secure the midfoot for precision running on technical trails, loose ground and long descents.
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.
**Approach shoes may be sized smaller for performance purposes but beware... small shoes are really uncomfortable on the trail.
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There's a definite racing feel to this brand new shoe, in shops Spring 2013. Very light [275g, UK size 11], low profile and sitting on a more rigid outsole, they beg to be taken on Swiss Alpine paths -- rocky and fast. The Hi-Tensile fabric footstrike plate encourages you up onto your toes. In the world of lower profile shoes, despite the 6mm drop between the heel and forefoot (most work to around 12mm) these feel like they sit a little higher than other minimalist models which makes them a great introductory option as coping with barefoot-mimicking shoes does take some getting used to. Verdict: Ready for pacey, fast days on drier ground.
Most comfortable trail running shoes I've ever owned. No blisters/bruised toes, even after 20 mile 8000ft vertical peak bagging trips. Sufficient protection to cruise on the down, while still having good trail feel. Scarpa NA also has some of the best customer service of any company I've ever dealt with. I had some minor problems with my first pair and they worked me through the warranty process within a week. Love these shoes.
An incredibly smooth riding shoe with feel and cushioning this is my ATF shoe for both road and trail. Just ran a trail half marathon and as always great traction and cushioning allowed me to pass on every downhill. I have had over 300 pairs of shoes in my 43 year racing career and these are the best. Better cushioning than NB MT-110 which need more heel cushion, better toe box than the MT-101's, and much smoother than my Inov-8 Trail Roc 245's. I am a heavy (198 lb) long distance trail runner and these are amazing. Buy a pair. but rethink if your feet are very narrow.
After trying out dozens of trail shoes over the past years, I've noticed a trend of shoes becoming increasingly less and less like running shoes. The Spark straight away is reminiscent of an actual running shoe that has blended in some of the "modern" aspects that have become popular. The heel/toe drop is on the more minimal side at 6 mm vs a standard 12 like in most road shoes. The cushion is dense and sufficient that rocks and rough trail don't cause discomfort. But, they are sufficient to go long distances (I've yet to take them past 25 miles but the feet felt fine). The weight is that of a light weight training shoe, coming in at around 9-10 oz, giving a nimble feeling or "nimbility" as I like to say. And lastly, the tread is just aggressive enough to provide great traction in loose dirt/rock but not so cumbersome that it inhibits running. On the flip side, the moderate tread pattern holds its own on talus or moderate slabby rock. The fit is true to size and with plenty of room in the toe box will accommodate wider feet. I'd say the shoe is great as an everyday trainer for those that get out in the mountains in a variety of conditions.
I just completed the 2012 Western States 100-mile run in these shoes, was very happy with these shoes, and will definately buy more pairs. I have a EEE foot and they are well cut in the heels and wide enough that my feet were comfortable all the way, none of my toenails were bruised, and I only had three minor blisters. The shoes are very light weight and give a great trail-feel without allowing my feet to be battered by pointy rocks and sticks. I do have two identical pairs and switched pairs at mile 62 in the race. I take the insoles out of my shoes and run them with nothing in them but my feet and a light to medium-weight trail-running sock, which gives me a bit more room, and these shoes are smooth enough inside not to rub or abuse my feet. The weather for this year's Western States ranged from wet and muddy to dry and dusty. The traction of these shoes was outstanding in all conditions from mud to wet rocks to loose dirt and gravel on steep grades. The rock guard kept my soles protected. The shoes drain well after river and creek crossings, but the weave is tight enough to keep most dirt and grit out, which is part of the reason my feet stayed in good shape throughout the run. I now have about 70 miles on one pair and about 200 miles on the other and they are still in good shape, in fact better than the other trail shoes I have had at a similar mileage. The only negative I have is that I ordered two more pairs after ordering and wearing the first pair, and a lacing tab on one pair ripped the first time I put them on. **Call us for a replacement. SNA**