Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe

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The Scarpa Instinct S is the performance boulder and slab slipper climbing shoe of the multitalented Instinct family. Like its sister shoes, the Instinct S features... Show more >
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Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe

The Scarpa Instinct S is the performance boulder and slab slipper climbing shoe of the multitalented Instinct family. Like its sister shoes, the Instinct S features a delicate layer of 3mm thick rubber to ensure maximum sensitivity. Combining this with the Vibram XS Grip2 compound gives the Instinct S an unbridled ability to feel the rock's surface with the foot, detect almost imperceptible holds, and grip onto them with the greatest level of confidence possible. The Instinct S thrives on sustained overhanging terrain with minimal footholds and for smearing on polished, glassy slab routes on granite. Climb better, climb instinctively.

Being a slipper, the Instinct S has been designed to fit as snugly as possible to achieve a performance fit. The upper is synthetic microsuede which will break-in over time but provide the absolute minimum amount of stretch, so remember to size appropriately. If you're looking for a more all-round performance shoe, try the Instinct VS velcro version.

Tech specs

Upper material
Closure type
Sizing and fit
Medium Foot
Lite Orange
High Asymmetry
Sole material
Vibram XS Grip 2
Sole thickness


Instinct S Climbing Shoe

Vibram XS Grip2™

Rubber compound built for pure friction, recommended for use where maximum grip is the primary need - bouldering and sport climbing, indoor climbing, or extremely smooth, polished routes.

Instinct S Climbing Shoe

Bi-Tension Rand™

A rand that that pulls power from the toes to achieve performance with less tension and less painful toe cramming. The Bi-Tension Rand also reduces the amount of rubber needed under the toes, which means a lower weight and a higher sensitivity.

Instinct S Climbing Shoe

Full Features List

• Specialised toe patch is made from softer rubber for high-friction toe-hooking
• Lorica® upper allows for zero stretch, maintaining the same performance-fit forever

11 product reviews

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Instinct S Climbing Shoe
Based on 57 ratings
"Epic" shoe!

Perfect! Is like you climb barefoot !


J'ai acheté ces chaussons en 35 mais ils étaient trop petits (je fais du 37). Je les ai échangé pour du 36. Ils me vont parfaitement maintenant. Au début ils me faisaient mal au gros doigt de pied mais on s'y habitue vite. Ils sont très faciles à enfiler.
C'étaient mes premiers chaussons légèrement asymétriques. A nouveau cela peut prendre un peu de temps mais ensuite c'est génial! Le talon est super et la pointe très précise. Je recommande!

Muy buenos, y una ganga

Comento en español porque veo que no hay muchas opiniones en éste idioma y creo que para clientes de habla hispana que no dominen el inglés puede ser de gran ayuda.

Ya había tenido el modelo Instinct VS, y a pesar de que soy consumidor habitual de La Sportiva, he de decir que Scarpa hace también unos muy buenos pies de gato. Los italianos mandan en este tipo de productos.

Al lío, y en relación al pie de gato: en primer lugar destacaría la comodidad. Al ser bailarinas, son muy fáciles de quitar y poner, y escalando son realmente confortables.

Por lo que respecta a cuestiones técnicas: la punta asimétrica me encanta (por eso utilizo gatos italianos y no americanos), y además, la rigidez tanto de ésta parte como del pie de gato en general, a mi me parece ideal (no es ni lo blando que pueden ser los Skwama o los Phyton, ni tan duro como los Katana o Miura VS). Creo que eso lo convierte en un buen pie de gato tanto en vías de placa y canto pequeño, como en desplomes pronunciados.
Por lo que respecta al talón, no es demasiado duro lo que permita notar la roca y transmitir la fuerza en el punto deseado. El único problema quizás sería que, en taloneos muy exigentes, puede que se te saque debido a que no tiene ni velcro ni cordones para ajustarlo. Yo lo utilizo para hacer deportiva y no boulder.

En cualquier caso, en el punto de desgaste óptimo, la adherencia de la suela es excelente.

Yo lo catalogaría como un muy buen pie de gato debido a su versatilidad, comodidad, y prestaciones generales en cualquier disciplina. Y por el precio que está ahora, me parece una auténtica ganga.

Very solid and precise shoe

Right out of the box the feeling is pretty stiff, but softens up quickly. Vibram XS grip 2 sole makes this stick to the tiniest holds, and gives you confidence to really put your weight on your feet. Not great for raw edging or trad, but very nice shoe for bouldering sessions. I'd compare it to Instict VSR, which arguably is one of the best shoes out there for sport/boulder. Compared to VSR, Instict S has more comfortable price tag for that day-to-day indoor grind.

Worth to try

I bought this shoe mainly to do boulder indoor (during winter time). Positive feedback: easy to put on - take off, lasts long (bouldering almost every day), good quality of the material.
Negative: It feels like the rubber is not that stiff, and have some minimal air at the heels when on... although the size is perfect. (perhaps the shape of my feet is the reason - in comparsion La Sportiva Miura perfectly fits)
All together: it worth trying.

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