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Scarpa Instinct VS-R

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The Scarpa Instinct VS-R is a superbly sensitive, performance climbing shoe, suited to indoor climbing and lightweight climbers who want increased feeling.

Basically a softer and more sensitive version of the VS model, the Scarpa Instinct VS-R differs from the original by way of its Vibram XS Grip2 sole unit, which offers higher levels of friction and sensitivity than the more solid/durable Vibram XS Edge used on the standard Instinct VS. With less focus on edging and more on friction, the Instinct VS-R is better suited to overhanging and steep routes, smearing and anything slippy.

As with the VS, the VS-R is entirely constructed from synthetic fabric allowing it to hold its size and shape well throughout its lifespan and the Velcro strap keeps the heel of the shoe firmly secured to your foot. 

Overall, the same last, rands and characteristics of the legendary Instinct VS, but this version will appeal to plastic masters and those of a lighter frame, where the extra feel and sensitivity of the Vibram Grip 2 compound will be best suited.


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

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. 

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


  • Colour: Black
  • Lining: Unlined
  • Midsole: Medium-Stiff
  • Outsole: Vibram XS Grip2 3.5mm
  • Upper: Lorica synthetic
  • Last: Scarpa FA
  • Closure: Strap
  • Weight: 460g

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    Tyler K.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Fantastic shoe

    Great shoe all round and surprisingly very comfy once their well broke in! Also the absolute best customer service you could ask for.

    anton d.
    top Hochleistungsschuh

    Top Schuh passt noch besser, als der solution !

    A Rock + Run Customer
    gary r.
    United Kingdom
    Massive improvement

    The Vs-R shoes are more refined and the feel on the rock is fanastic. I have used these indoors and outdoors and the edge and the toe box on these shoes I can not fault. I will be buying another pair soon.

    Wan W.
    I'm not a climber. Bought

    I'm not a climber. Bought them for my husband and he loves them.

    Simon P.
    I'm really happy with the

    I'm really happy with the Instinct VS-R. I've been using them for a couple of weeks now and they have performed exactly as I'd wanted both outside and indoors. On real rock is where they come into their own for me: all the great features of the Instinct VS but with that greater sensitivity and softer rubber for tiny footholds and smearing. Sizing-wise, I took the same size as my Instinct VS and my Vapour V and they are spot-on. For me, a ''grail'' shoe!