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The Vapor V is a slightly less technical design that utilizes two more user-friendly and quick hook-and-loop closures. Like the standard downturned Vapor, the V utilizes Bi-tension active randing, which actively focuses power on the toes, rather than cramming your toes painfully forward, giving immediate performance with less tension. These active rands are tensioned in ways in which the shoe stores and releases energy as the foot makes the movements crucial to climbing. Think good edging and confidence for small holds and delicate moves.
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/Microsuede
- Midsole: Flexan
- Sole: Vibram® XS Edge; 4mm
- Last: FR
- Sizes: 36 – 45 (half sizes)
- Weight: 258g; 9.1oz (1/2 pair size 40)
- Color: Lite Orange
- Product Code: 70031/001.3
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Anonymous Aug 14, 2014
I have used this shoe on overhanging powerful sport routes, bouldering, and technical crack lines. It performs superbly on all. Once they stretch a bit they are great as an "all day" shoe where you still need high performance. Comfy but not at a performance compromise. When I can only take one shoe along to cover it all this is the one
Anonymous Apr 8, 2014
I love my vapors, I have only owned the V's, not the lace up's or slippers, but the vapor v's are great, or I should say were. The recent change from XS Grip2 to XS Edge, why?!? And the XS Grip2 rubber is not available to cobblers for resole purposes!? I'm sure the reason for the switch is longevity driven as the XS Grip2 sole does wear quickly, but it's like super sticky race car tires, they don't last long but they perform. And it is sticky. Alas I stuck with either trying to hunt down a new old stock pair or switching to another shoe. But a great shoe, downsized 1/2 size, and they have been incredible. Done everything from gym, bouldering to slap and performed, just bummed I have to find a new shoe now.
Anonymous Feb 17, 2014
This shoe replaced the Vapor lace and Vapor slip on.. The lace up version is/was my go-to shoe.. The Vapor V version is practically the same fit, but is sized a tad bit larger than the lace up version, wears out twice as fast (Mainly speaking the velcro, worst velcro of any climbing shoe company. For some reason i feel it wears out too fast and does not have the precise fit like the lace ups do.) All n all a pretty great shoe, just the overall quality could use some fixing. If you want a really sensitive shoe that is semi agressive with a killer edge and a wide toe box, this shoe is for you. Just plan on buying a pair every 3-4 months if u climb a lot, that or a ton of resoles.. Scarpa you should totally bring back the vapor lace up! Why fix it if it aint broken?! Also, check online and youll find not a pair of lace ups in size 41.5. You stopped making a lot peoples' favorite shoe!!!
Anonymous Jan 25, 2013
These shoes fit like a glove! For a wider set foot, the Vapor Vs are ultra comfortable and with the opposing straps, you can really dial in a tight natural fit that you want. Its a not an extremely aggressive shoe which allowed me to wear them for the majority of the day without feeling like my toes were going to explode. The soles worked in nice and stuck to everything I threw at it. Comfortable, tight, sticky shoe..and did I mention how slick they look too?
Anonymous Sep 4, 2012
Great shoes... after breaking them in they expanded almost a half size. i am really happy with the comfort and performance of this shoe on over hanging routes face climbs and even slopping boulder problems. be aware the heel stretches a fare amount more than the toe box, also not the best toe hooking shoes. i would recommend to anyone as an all around good shoe
- Anonymous Aug 14, 2014