Scarpa Stix


Instant-classic alert! Cobbler genius Heinz Mariacher (the man behind some of the sport’s most notable shoes like La Sportiva’s Mythos and Testarossa and the Scarpa Boostic) has struck gold again. The Stix packs top-end performance in a surprisingly easy-to-wear synthetic-leather slipper. Testers loved this shoe for anything and everything steep: from the short and horizontal Kill By Numbers (V5), Joe’s Valley, Utah, to the 80-foot and varied Colossus (5.10c), City of Rocks, Idaho. “Out of the dozen pairs of performance rock shoes I’ve owned, these have struck the best balance between stiffness and sensitivity,” one discerning user said. That’s thanks to a stiff but pointed forefoot and Scarpa’s X-tension rand design; the combination allows for lateral torque and movement while driving power to the toe. “Basically, the force from your whole foot is funneled directly into your toe, so you can grab pockets and nubs as if they were jugs,” said another tester. They’re slightly difficult to pull on, but still easier than most high-performance slippers. Icing on top: high-end performance for mid-pack price. $149;