Price: $169.00

Sale Price: $84.50

This product is discontinued.


Ultra-lightweight, this shoe is built to handle any approach and be easily carried up when climbing multi-pitch routes or big walls.

Ultra-lightweight, this shoe is built to handle any approach and be easily carried up when climbing multi-pitch routes or big walls.


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  • Upper: Suede and Lorica®
  • Lining: Vellutina
  • Midsole: PU and microporous EVA
  • Outsole: Vibram® Vertigo
  • Last: FV
  • Sizes: 39 - 47, 48 (half sizes)
  • Weight: 377g; 13oz (1/2 pair size 42)
  • Color: Taupe
  • Product Code: 72012/350


  • Vibram


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 Apr 10, 2013


    Best approach shoe ever made -- too bad you have discontinued it now!

  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2011


    The Gecko Guide will, no doubt, attain cult-status among those of us who have spent time in them--it's an approach shoe worth having a few pairs of, stashed away in the event that they, too, go the way of so many of our all-time favorite designs in climbing...  But for now--and fortunately, for us--the Gecko Guide makes us second guess whether to even bring our climbing shoes on most moderate routes, and yet, they are light and low-profile enough that there's extra space left in the bullet pack.  Try 'em on today at your local climbing shop!

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2011


    About 15 days in my Geckos thus far and loving them. They walk/hike just fine with a well-loaded pack (rope/rack/water/guidebook/f ood/etc) and the uppers have no swear to speak of. i've definitely dinged the EVA/cushy stuff on the insole a bit, but nothing shredded or peeling... as for climbing, they're great. they friction/smear nearly as well as my Technos and jam as well as a regular rock shoe in wider cracks. i've followed up to 5.10 in them and led up to 5.8 so far...really impressed. the fit is great--i use a custom insole and find the heel cup very supportive and secure. lacing allows you to crank them down if you're pushing their climbing performance. i believe they're a Heinz Mariacher shoe, and i loved his old approach shoe from lasportiva (the cirque pro) and this feels like an updated, lighter, more high- performance version. psyched on them for everything thus far. hoping they're as durable as my Zens and Cirque Pros...and expect they will be: italian made! another super shoe from the gang in italia...grazie mille! --Rob Coppolillo

  • Anonymous Jun 6, 2011


    I picked up these shoes to act as my all-day moderate alpine climbing shoes and they have been awesome. My first trip out with them involved a 6 mile approach, 15 pitches of ridgeline traversing climbing up to 5.6, and 6 miles back to the car. The entire time I was climbing I never worried about my feet since the forefoot section of the shoes are very sensitive and the shoes edge and smear very well. And after carrying bivy/climbing gear 12+ miles my feet felt great and had zero blisters at the end of the trip. This is the best do- everything approach shoe that I’ve worn and it looks like they’ll be with me for many years since the construction is top notch.