Tag: Scarpa

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

There is always a theme to every OR show and this summer it was decidedly rock shoes. La Sportiva added a whole bunch of women’s shoes, Scarpa’s got some cool lace-ups, Evolv is adding a couple to the line-up and Butora has a sweet, super-soft slipper. The big news, of […]

Summer 2017 OR: New Gear Awards

Summer 2017 OR: New Gear Awards

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2017 was the last show in Salt Lake City, and with a lot of political controversy surrounding the show (CNN), several of the industry’s most recognizable and respected brands boycotted the show as a sign of protest (most notably in the climbing zone, missing were Patagonia, Arc’teryx, […]

First Look: Scarpa Phantom 6000

First Look: Scarpa Phantom 6000

Unlike the Scarpa Phantom Tech, the new 2016 Phantom 6000 doesn’t lose weight but gains warmth instead. Scarpa claim a 15% increase in warmth, and though I don’t know how to measure that, the boot does feel warmer on my feet than the previous version. Weight, as mentioned, stays pretty […]

First Look: Scarpa Phantom Tech

First Look: Scarpa Phantom Tech

Mountain boots are getting ever more high-tech and nothing proves this better than reading the spec sheet for the new-for-2016 Scarpa Phantom Tech: Super Fabric, Cordura, Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, FlexSeal. No wonder these things now cost almost a thousand dollars (in Canada, anyway!). As I’ve been getting questions from all […]

Long Term Review: Scarpa Rebel Ice

Long Term Review: Scarpa Rebel Ice

Intro image of yours truly posing hard on the icy roof of a glacier cave. Photo by John Price Photography If the local crags are any indication, mixed climbing, and the dry-season off-shoot known as dry-tooling, are becoming more popular by the week. And with the rise in popularity, not only […]

Field Tested: Scarpa Vapor V 2015

Field Tested: Scarpa Vapor V 2015

The 2015 version of the Vapor V has been on the market since the spring giving me the opportunity to really put them to the test.  I was a huge fan of Scarpa’s original Vapor V which were my go-to shoes for the gym and outdoor face climbing, both cragging […]

Long term review: Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

Long term review: Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

Scarpa’s SockFit system debuted, in North America anyway, on the Rebel Carbon GTX in 2012. Since then SockFit has appeared in a few more boots in the Rebel line (Ultra, Pro and Ice) and has trickled down into a few other mountaineering boots, as well as an approach shoe. The […]

OR Summer 2015: Footwear

OR Summer 2015: Footwear

I’m always excited at the prospect of new boots. Lighter, stiffer, warmer, drier? Yes please! Arc’teryx announced their anticipated Acrux AR GTX boot. It is their take on a technical alpine boot and uses a lot of the technology and construction methods found in the Acrux shoe line. The Acrux […]

Comparison Review: Crack Climbing Shoes

Comparison Review: Crack Climbing Shoes

Comparison Review:  Crack Shoes As a climber, I find that one of the hardest pieces of equipment to get right are my climbing shoes.  They never feel the same in the atmosphere controlled environment of the local climbing shop after wearing them for a few minutes as they do wrapped […]

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014 is still going on but I’m already home due to a very tight schedule this summer. With only two days to spend on the show floor it was a whirlwind tour, but here are the highlights from the show. Full report coming later next week. For ease […]