2017 Approach Shoe Review: Scarpa Gecko

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The Scarpa Gecko approach shoe.

The Scarpa Gecko approach shoe.


27 oz per pair; men’s and women’s versions.


Offering immediate comfort out of the box, the Geckos provided an ultra-cush fit without the hotspots in the heels or toebox you typically experience during break-in. This stems from the shoe’s supple suede uppers and a recycled polyester lining. (The one downside to this softness was some cuff wear.)


The shoes were stable and versatile hikers, with solid underfoot support thanks to a dual-density EVA midsole and a mini-lug-studded Vibram Reptilla SR outsole that did well on slippery dirt, ball-bearing scree, and snow-covered slabs. For old or sensitive knees, these shoes have a lot of cushion.


An easy-cinch lacing system meant you could ratchet these puppies down for tech climbing. Our tester used them on Flatirons ridges, and noted their brilliance on rock, especially edging and cracks thanks to a stiff wraparound toe rand that imparts a rock-shoe-like shape.

$180, scarpa.com

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