The First Look: Scarpa Reflex VS Blog Feature

By: Hunter Price

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The First Look: Scarpa Reflex VS

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Welcome, climbers! Today, we're diving deep into the world of climbing footwear with a test drive of the Scarpa Reflex VS shoes, sold exclusively at select Movement Gyms, nationwide. These shoes are the newest and most affordable model in the Scarpa fleet, boasting a blend of comfort, performance, and durability that's hard to beat. Join us as we explore everything you need to know about the Scarpa Reflex VS and why it's a game-changer for climbers everywhere.

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Unmatched Comfort and Performance:

Let's start with comfort. The Scarpa Reflex VS features a super soft stretch knit panel that provides comfort while allowing for breathability—perfect for those long sessions on the wall. The suede upper molds to your foot for a custom fit, ensuring maximum comfort and support with every climb. That means these shoes break in like a dream.

Speaking of fit, these shoes have a medium width, a low-angle toe box, and a medium-volume heel cup. This may lead folks with a wider sole of the foot to find these a little tight when first trying them on (or at least this writer did) But after a couple of sessions when the suede started breaking in, the tightness eased up and became just right.

Secure Closure, Session After Session:

When it comes to closure, the Scarpa Reflex VS doesn't disappoint. Dual hook and loop microfiber straps offer a fast, secure, and adjustable fit, resisting stretching over time to maintain their strength and integrity. For a shoe with a neutral profile (more on shoe fit here), the straps supply a surprising amount of support and tension around the arch of the foot. With these shoes, you can trust that your feet will stay locked in place, no matter how challenging the route.Reflex V_Movement Golden_Photographer Josh Neitzel-18

Where the rubber meets the wall:

Last but certainly not least, let's talk grip. The Scarpa Reflex VS is equipped with Scarpa's Vision rubber, providing exceptional traction on a variety of surfaces. Tacky, durable, and reliable across a range of indoor and outdoor uses.” From tiny edges to sloping volumes, these shoes offer the confidence-inspiring grip you need to tackle even the trickiest footwork with ease without breaking the bank!   Scarpa says this rubber is “designed to deliver a balance of performance and resilience to the demands of a new climber”

Let's strap it up:

In conclusion, the Scarpa Reflex VS is a versatile shoe for any climber and an incredible first option for those just starting out in the sport. With their value per dollar, comfort, and performance, it's no wonder these shoes are making waves among climbers of all skill levels. Whether you are looking for a place to start your climbing journey or just need a new pair of shoes for all-day comfort, do yourself a favor and try on the new Scarpa Reflex VS. Your feet—and your climbing game—will thank you.


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