Perhaps as expected from Scarpa, the Vortex is a robust shoe that can take the knocks and provide the performance needed for adventures that go beyond a short walk in the valley. So you get an upper with suede leather for durability and mesh for breathability around the tongue. A Gore-Tex waterproof lining keeps the feet dry. The toe box is reasonably stiff and protected by a synthetic overlay and rubber bumper for a little extra durability on rougher terrain. The outsole has a deep pattern of lugs for grip on softer ground, plus good stiffness for performance on rockier ground. This is a good substantial shoe that works well for walking, but also for biking and hiking across rockier ground. But runners will prefer less ‘clumpy’ shoes than the Scarpa Vortex, and if you are just sticking to the valley or pub then this offers more performance than you need. There are lighter options too of course, and lower-priced alternatives. Some shoes are more dedicated to climbing as well if you are looking for a pure approach-style shoe.
Upper suede leather, synthetic mesh and overlays; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Dynatech 2
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight 1068g (pair, size 11)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK no info provided
The Scarpa Vortex is a good shoe for stepping onto the hills when walking, biking or approaching crags to climb.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011