SPARK WOMEN'S Women

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Description

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. A women’s specific model offers a fit adjusted for a woman’s foot shape and volume.

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. A women’s specific model offers a fit adjusted for a woman’s foot shape and volume.

Features

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Specs

  • Upper: Recycled synthetic leather and polyester mesh
  • Lining: Recycled polyester
  • Plate: Hi-Tensile Fabric Plate
  • Midsole: Molded EVA
  • Outsole: Speed Lite
  • Last: TRL2
  • Sizes: 36 – 43 (half sizes)
  • Weight: 226g; 8oz (1/2 pair size 38)
  • Color: Pewter/Turquoise, Lipgloss/Orange
  • Product Code: 32040/352

Awards

Technologies

  • SCARPA Planet Friendly

Sizing

SCARPA 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.

Trail/mountain/approach/lifestyle products:

  • 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.

Ski boots

  • 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.

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Recent Reviews

  • Anonymous Feb 1, 2013

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    The Scarpa Sparks work really well for my feet. I use arch support insoles, and the simple flat midsole of the Sparks allowes my insoles to do their job, without adding more support which ends up being too high of an arch for me. They are a sweet balance of sufficiently sturdy and light, and the visual design is really cute to boot. I hike in running shoes a lot, and enjoyed wearing Sparks up to 16000 ft in the Andes last month (see photo). Please keep carrying these shoes without too many tweaks!

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  • Anonymous Jul 21, 2012

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    I find the Spark treads the fine line between burly enough for cross-country travel and light enough to let my feet do the work. In preparation for a hundred miler, I ran my first solo unsupported fifty miler in hills. The route consisted of seasonal-creek trails, washboarded forest service roads, mossy river fordings, cross-country muddy slop, stone hopping, and dry dust near the end. Without changing socks or adjusting my shoes once, my feet escaped without any new damage--and the Sparks were out of the box. The light construction allows the shoe to drain much quicker than the La Sportiva Raptor or Cascadias I've been using. All that aside, I've noticed a few quirks. They seem to prefer dry and rocky trail over wet or muddy trail. Though the forefoot feels secure but not binding, I find the heel to be too generous. Sometimes I feel my heel sliding around in the shoe though they are the proper size. This is just enough shoe to go far. With just under three hundred miles on my second pair of these, they still feel precise and protective underfoot. 

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2012

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    Wow - I recently got a pair of Women's Spark trail running shoes. I don't run much anymore, but have been on 3 runs this past week. Love them! Thanks, Scarpa!

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2012

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    Wow - I recently got a pair of Women's Spark trail running shoes. I don't run much anymore, but have been on 3 runs this past week. Love them! Thanks, Scarpa!