SCARPA Furia Climbing Shoe Review

The SCARPA Furia was a big hit with us here at Climberism.  I had the opportunity to test out the Furia here on the east coast as well as out in the western Canadian climbing mecca of Squamish. These shoes were put through the ringer on steep bouldering routes, slightly slabby techincal routes (say that three times fast!), and straight vertical walls.  The fit and design of this shoe was most intriguing.

The first thing I think about when checking out a new climbing shoe is the heel cup.  How well is my heel fitting the cup?  Is there movement?  Is the shoe prone to slip off easily when fully engaged? The Furia’s heel cup had everything I wanted in the heel of a climbing shoe. Great fit, no movement or slippage, solid coverage of rubber around the entire heel, which is perfect for several of my steep bouldering projects this year.

Scarpa Furia on Prime Time Sit (v5) at Murrin Park Squamish, B.C.

A patent-pending Power Connection Band helps keep all of your pressing power at the tip of your toes while on steep rock. The no midsole and 3 mm of XS Grip 2 Vibram rubber allows for the ultimate sensitivity so that you can feel the smallest of inflections of the rock.  As my climbing aspirations become more steep, overhanging arena, the more I need something that can keep my feet stuck on the rock.  While this shoe has performed very well for my needs, I found that when the rock becomes more vertical the less comfortable the shoe is due to the increased sensitivity from the minimalistic design.  However, this was no surprise to me and was fully expected.

The Furia should fit very well for the intermediate to advanced climber looking to have dual purpose use in overhanging bouldering and sport climbing.  So check out the shoe and get on the steep stuff!

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