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Scarpa Instinct VS

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The Scarpa Instinct VS is a technical, performance climbing shoe aimed at high level trad climbers, boulderers and sport climbers.

By combining the best features of the Instinct Slipper and Lace shoes with some refinements, tweaks and improvements, the Scarpa Instinct VS is a serious contender as one of the best high-end performance climbing shoes available. As with the slipper version, the Instinct VS is entirely constructed from synthetic fabric. However, the more substantial (strapped) upper, stiff midsole and high coverage of rubber means the Scarpa Instinct VS does hold its size and shape considerably better than either of its namesakes. 

In terms of rigidity the VS is certainly more akin to a lace up, so those who prefer soft shoes may prefer the Stix or Booster S. One big improvement lies in the full coverage heel cup - no more heel slips when torquing in horizontal breaks! Another useful tweak comes by way of the more substantial rubber patch on the toe-box, which is both more effective and durable than that featured on the other two Instinct models.

Overall, a solid performer packing an aggressive asymmetric last, providing a powerful forefoot, well fitting heel and robust construction.

As with all the modern performance Scarpa's, the Instinct VS provides reliably similar sizing - i.e. if you are a 42 in the Vapour Lace, Instinct Lace/Slipper, Boostic etc. you should be a 42 in this shoe.


Check out Rock + Run's detailed review of the Scarpa Instinct VS climbing shoe here


    • Colour: Black Orange
    • Lining: Unlined
    • Outsole: XS Edge 4mm
    • Upper: Lorica synthetic
    • Gender: Unisex
    • Closure: Strap
    • Weight: 431g

    Help with sizing your rock shoes

    If you require some assistance with sizing this shoe to your particular needs click here: Rock Shoe Sizing Guide

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      CALLUM J.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom
      Amazing service form the team

      Had a really positive experience with the Rock and Run team. Communication on the phones was really clear and accurate, I experienced brilliant delivery times and will order again for sure

      Sidney O.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom
      Good shoe

      Good all rounder which performs well in both sport climbing and bouldering. A bit flat and stiff for smearing and some steeper types of climbing, but great on small edges, and comfortable enough to wear for a day out of multi pitching. My biggest gripe with the shoe would be the heel which I feel can slide around a bit, but otherwise very happy with the fit. I wear a street size 11 (uk mens) and size down to a 9, but I prefer to have my shoes fitted tightly so I think anywhere between 1.5 to 2 sizes down from street size is good. A perfect intermediate shoe for someone who is looking for something which has both durability and sensitivity.

      Thomas B.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom
      Favourite shoe

      Perfect, long lasting, good for sport and bouldering. If it’s really cold the rubber can be a bit hard for some problems. I love them

      James K.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom

      Love them. Intermediate climber/boulderer. Use them for bouldering and they are just brilliant.

      Richard S.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom
      Didn't realise climbing shoes could be so comfy!

      As the title suggests, they're just so comfy! Ordered two sizes; half size and full size smaller than my street size. Ended up sticking with the whole size smaller and they're just perfect, tight but with minimal discomfort. I've happily been bouldering for two hours solid without feeling the need to take them off. Wouldn't rate them for slabby climbs but that could be down to technique. Excellent service from Rock + Run as always, and no issue with returning the ones that were too big!