Scarpa - Instinct VSR - Climbing shoes

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% recommend
98% recommend
Customers say: Good fit
Customers say: Good fit
Customers say: Good traction
Customers say: Good traction
Strong pre-tensioning
Strong pre-tensioning
Greek
Greek
Microfibre
Microfibre
Vibram XS Grip2
Vibram XS Grip2
Wide foot
Wide foot
 g
460 g
Hook-and-loop closure
Hook-and-loop closure
Material information & features
Suitable for:
Level of experience:
expert
Recommended use:
sport climbing, indoor climbing, bouldering
Material type:
microfiber
Closure:
hook-and-loop closure
Sole:
Vibram XS Grip 2
Sole thickness:
3.5 mm
Hardness of sole:
soft
Last:
slightly asymmetrical
Downturn:
slight/medium
Heel tension:
strong
Terrain:
vertical, overhang
Weight:
460 g
Reference size:
pair size in UK 7
Foot shape:
greek
Fit:
wide foot / high volume
Extras:
pull tabs, toe-hook rubber, resoleable
Item No.:
301-0378
Product description

High-performance bouldering and climbing shoes with a soft sole

The Instinct VSR from Scarpa are among the highest-performance shoes. With these shoes on your feet, you can master the toughest projects. They have the same cut as the orange VS version, with the only difference being that they are equipped with a slightly softer and higher traction sole. As a result, they provide a better feel for footholds and are characterised by greater friction.

Range of use

You can definitely wear them for bouldering and shorter sport climbing routes out on the crag, but their slightly softer and more flexible construction is especially beneficial for modern indoor bouldering and climbing. Wherever the best coordination, dynamics and friction are required, the Instinct VSR are at their best. On the other hand, they are less suitable for multi-pitch climbs, as the tight fit can cause pain when worn for long periods of time.

Construction

The shoes boast an asymmetrical last and a medium downturn with an aggressive tip. As a result, they offer a fantastic balance of power transfer, flexibility and precision - perfect for versatile and demanding climbing and bouldering routes. Plus, the strong pre-tensioning in combination with the large toe cap provides excellent hooking qualities. The microfibre and suede upper hugs your foot like a glove and is extremely durable. Meanwhile, the midsole, a Flexan insert, supports your feet especially well when standing on smaller footholds. The special rubber Vibram XS Grip2 sole is sure to convince due to its superior flexibility and grip.

Fit

In addition, the shoes feature a rather narrow heel area and a relatively wide forefoot area with a moderate toe box, which makes them suitable for slightly wider feet with greater volume. Scarpa recommends the shoes especially for those with a Greek foot shape, i.e. with a long second toe.

Conclusion

The Instinct VSR are very high-performance shoes that provide enough power transfer and precision for the toughest of routes and also boast high sensitivity and optimal friction thanks to their soft, high-traction outsoles. All in all, these shoes are high-performance all-rounders with a particular talent for friction and sensitivity.

The advantages at a glance:

  • Climbing and bouldering shoes for technically demanding projects
  • Ideal for sport climbing and bouldering
  • Moderately asymmetrical
  • Medium downturn
  • Strong pre-tensioning
  • Soft and high-traction outsole
  • Large toe cap
  • Also suitable for feet with a larger volume
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Andrew

29.03.2023

Will be buying these again

Great shoe, fits true to size and are nice to climb in

Advantages
Good fit
High edge stability
Good grip
VS
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Ian

04.06.2023

Very tight

I hope it gets a bit loose soon it’s very tight. My toes hurt.

Bought size 45.

I’m a size uk 9.5 but have wide feet.

Might need to stretch it a few times to make it more comfy.

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Not comfortable
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Very tight

I hope it gets a bit loose soon it’s very tight. My toes hurt.

Bought size 45.

I’m a size uk 9.5 but have wide feet.

Might need to stretch it a few times to make it more comfy.

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Ian
23.07.2023 19, 49

Very good shoes.

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Will be buying these again

Great shoe, fits true to size and are nice to climb in

  • Advantages
    Good fit
    High edge stability
    Good grip
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Question from Peter
28.03.2022
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Hello can you please tell me if I ordered a few pairs of climbing shoe to try for fit is it a free return ?

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Adrian (Community) | Customer Service
28.03.2022 10, 46

Hi Peter, Yes , the return will be for free for all order values of more than £75. Please view the following link to all other returns information that you need https://www.alpinetrek.co.uk/return/

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Ian
05.06.2023 17, 48

Beware sizes are smaller. Compared to other European climbing brands makes and uk shoes.

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