Scarpa comes from northern Italy where it got its start in 1938. Scarpa is a family-owned company with deep roots in Innovation and tradition, its quality, handcrafted performance footwear is produced by the best shoemakers in the Asolo area with the goal of producing the foremost footwear anywhere.

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      What are the different rubber compounds Scarpa uses on its climbing footwear?

      Scarpa commonly uses rubber from Vibram, a well-known rubber manufacturer in the outdoor industry, for the soles of its climbing shoes. Some of the rubber compounds used by Scarpa include:

      Vibram XS Grip: This rubber is known for its excellent grip on a wide range of rock types, making it suitable for climbing shoes designed for technical climbing, bouldering, and sport climbing. It offers high friction and sensitivity.

      Vibram XS Edge: XS Edge rubber is designed for enhanced edging performance. It provides a more rigid and durable sole construction, making it suitable for climbing shoes intended for vertical or slightly overhanging terrain where precision on small holds is essential.

      Vibram XS Grip2: Building on the success of XS Grip, XS Grip2 is a stickier rubber compound with a focus on maximizing friction. It offers exceptional grip on both indoor and outdoor climbing surfaces.

      Vibram XS Flash: XS Flash is designed for durability and longevity. It is often used on climbing shoes intended for high-mileage use, such as climbing gyms or routes with abrasive rock.

      Vibram XS Trek: While XS Trek is not exclusively a climbing rubber, Scarpa has used it on some approach and climbing shoes. XS Trek provides a good balance between grip and durability, making it suitable for approaches and descents.

      Vibram XS Lite: XS Lite is a lightweight rubber compound used in some Scarpa climbing shoes, offering a combination of grip and reduced weight.

      The Scarpa Brand

      Scarpa is an Italian brand that specializes in outdoor footwear, particularly known for its high-quality climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and skiing boots. Scarpa is known for the following principles and values:

      1. Craftsmanship: Scarpa takes pride in its Italian heritage and craftsmanship. The brand is dedicated to producing outdoor footwear with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality.
      2. Innovation: Scarpa is continually innovating its product designs and technologies to meet the needs of climbers, mountaineers, hikers, and skiers. They incorporate advanced materials and construction techniques to enhance performance and comfort.
      3. Performance: Scarpa's products are renowned for their high performance in demanding outdoor conditions. Whether it's climbing steep rock faces, trekking through rugged terrain, or skiing down challenging slopes, Scarpa footwear is designed to excel.
      4. Fit and Comfort: Scarpa places a strong emphasis on creating comfortable footwear that fits well. They understand that a proper fit is crucial for comfort, performance, and safety in the outdoors.
      5. Durability: Scarpa boots are built to withstand the rigours of outdoor adventures. They are known for their durability and long-lasting quality.
      6. Sustainability: Scarpa is committed to sustainable practices and environmental responsibility. The brand strives to minimize its environmental impact through eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes.
      7. Heritage: With a history dating back to 1938, Scarpa values its heritage and the traditions of Italian shoemaking. This heritage is reflected in the brand's products and the craftsmanship they embody.
      8. Community and Athlete Engagement: Scarpa actively engages with the outdoor community by sponsoring athletes, events, and organizations that promote outdoor recreation and conservation. They support the endeavours of those who share their passion for the outdoors.
      9. Global Presence: As a global brand, Scarpa values its worldwide customer base and seeks to make its products accessible to outdoor enthusiasts across the globe.

      Scarpa is a trusted and respected brand in the outdoor industry, known for its commitment to producing high-quality and high-performance footwear for a wide range of outdoor activities. It is a favourite among climbers, mountaineers, hikers, and skiers who rely on Scarpa products for their adventures in challenging environments.

      Scarpa recommends sizing down 1 ⁄ 2-2  EUR sizes from a standard EUR street shoe size depending on personal preference and intended use.  We find most customers are happy sizing at street shoe size to 1.5 sizes down. 

      SCARPA stands for Società Calzaturiera Asolana Riunita Pedemontana Anonima (In Italian), which means Associated Shoe Manufacturing Company of the Asolo Mountain Area.