Review: Scarpa Mescalito Approach Shoe

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The Scarpa Mescalito approach shoe.

The Scarpa Mescalito approach shoe.

The latest premium approach shoe in Scarpa’s line shined for their comfort, technical ability, and light weight (1lb, 12oz per pair, size 42). We wore them on fifth-class slabs and cracks in Yosemite, as well as bolting and climbing up to 5.9 in Colorado’s Front Range. The shoes proved solid on all terrain. A double-density midsole and TPU insert held strong for edging, a flat toe zone smeared with aplomb, and a burly tension rand allowed for comfortable, solid jams. Our testers both agreed that the Mescalito wore more like a low-top boot than a sneaker—they’re spacious and burly, providing solid protection. “Having more mojo underfoot has been worth it for wearing a slightly beefier shoe,” said one tester. “Better durability and knee protection.”

The water-resistant suede uppers kept moisture out while plowing through Flatirons snow, and the shoes showed little wear after heavy use save some minor ankle-cuff fraying. The shoes also ride light, thanks in part to the Vibram LiteBase technology, which reduces the Megagrip sole’s thickness by 40 to 50 percent—it appears the rubber was removed from between the lugs, which tends to be a low-wear area. The only weak spot was running: For FKT trail running/scrambling days, the flatter, skate-shoe-like last provides minimal support. 

$189, (men's | women's, also available in a mid-height model)