Scarpa Force X

Cush meets performance

$129; scarpa.com

With a flat-lasted sole, suede leather uppers, and padded mesh lining for the heel cup and tongue, this shoe is super comfortable for full days of climbing. And the unlined toe box, tensioned rand, and 4mm Vibram XS Edge sole rubber create sensitivity and power on pockets and edges. After wearing them on moderate routes around Colorado, from Lumpy Ridge granite to Shelf Road limestone, one tester raved, “Without a doubt one of the most comfortable rock shoes I’ve worn all year, if not ever. I could easily go four pitches before even thinking about stretching my toes.” When it came time for a break, the two-strap Velcro closure made it easy to expose those toes, though the tester wished he could tighten the straps more, especially as the uppers began to stretch after a couple of dozen pitches. Available in men’s and women’s models.


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