Scarpa Zen

This lightweight multi-activity shoe from Scarpa weighs 1092g (pair, size 11). It has a suede upper and rubber toe reinforcement, with lacing to toe for a closer fit. Good heel cushioning and a Vibram sole unit with climbing zones around toe and deep lugs for grip elsewhere. The shoe offers great performance on rock; the flex is comfy when walking. However, other shoes are better for activities other than climbing and it’s not waterproof.

Verdict: A superb shoe if you want climbing performance with some comfort, but others offer more all-round performance in multi-sport situations.


First published in Trail magazine, April 2008