Scarpa Instinct VS-R

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The Scarpa Instinct VS-R follows in the footsteps of the standard VS, Instinct Slipper and Lace. By combining the best features of its siblings with some refinements, tweaks and improvements the Instinct VS has become one of the best high-end performance climbing shoes available. This VS-R version of the Instinct differs from the original by way of its Vibram XS Grip sole unit, which offers higher levels of friction than the more solid/durable Vibram XS Edge used on the standard Instinct VS. 

As with the old slipper version of the Instinct, the VS is entirely constructed from the synthetic fabric Lorica. 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 slip 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.


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  • Age Group: Adult
  • Colour: Black
  • Lining: Unlined
  • Midsole: Medium-Stiff
  • Outsole: XS Edge 4mm
  • Upper: Lorica synthetic
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Last: Scarpa FA
  • Manufacturer: Scarpa
  • Closure: Strap
  • Weight: 460g

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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!