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Scarpa Chimera Climbing Shoe
The Scarpa Chimera is a uniquely designed climbing shoe designed to be the most precise bouldering shoe on the market. Taking its name from the hybrid creature of Greek mythology, the Scarpa Chimera features Vibram XS Grip 2 for maximum grip, an elongated toe patch for toe hooking across the entire length of the shoe, and a vacuum lacing system for a totally secure fit. But its really interesting characteristic, unusually, is the design of its inner panel.
On the shoe’s inner, a large, seamless, morphic big-toe panel has been placed. This keeps the foot’s power firmly focussed through the big toe, and its smooth surface area avoids discomfort and uneven pressure points. The footbed uses a bi-lateral stitching that allows the shoe to move and flex with the foot as it changes under pressure. This combined with the strategically placed synthetic and natural fibers of the footbed gives the shoe give and compression where its needed, resulting in consistent overall power of the foot across all climbing moves.
Being a microfibre upper, this shoe will offer the absolute minimum amount of stretch.
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Yellow / Vivid Blue
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Vibram XS Grip 2
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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.
Full Features List
• Synergistic design for the ultimate shoe in terms of sensitivity
• Unique lacing system provides a suction style fit with no dead spaces
• Elongated toe patch creates a large surface area for toe-hooking
• SRT Rand is oversized and encompasses the upper portion of the toe box for the full-range of toe-hooking capability
• PCB Tension System transfers power from the toe to the heel giving the shoes a sock like feel with power and sensitivity
• New PCB sole is designed to increase edging ability when climbing vertically
7 product reviews
This is a pretty specialized shoe that excels at overhangs due to the amount of power you get out of the big toe. I found that the Drago's were really lacking there, but the Chimera's provides enough support in the toes to be powerful on vertical climbing.
My normal shoe is the Instinct VSR which I love everywhere, but for the extra sensitivity when foot placements are everything on steep climbs the Chimera's can't be beat.
Surprisingly easy to get on and off too due to the large slipper opening, compared to the Instinct VSR. After three 2-3hr sessions the shoe is fully broken in, and there has been little to no stretch.
My street shoe is usually a 40.5EU (or 25.5CM or 8US) I wear both the Chimera and the Instinct VSR in a 39.5.
I ordered Chimera as my second shoes to use for the time my La Sportiva Kataki is being re-soled and they quickly became my best climbing shoe. Soft and sensitive fit creates the feeling the shoe hugs your feet, The shoe almost sticks to the wall and any downsides have been noticed the first month of climbing. In the beginning, they felt really small but just give them some time and they feel really comfortable
Bought these at the same size sd Furia S shoes and was a bit worried what i would get. Out of the box they felt a bit painful but during my first climbing session in the gym they felt perfect after my feet got a bit warmer. My sizing for them was 43 (my street shoe size being the same. I like my shoes tight but not painful) Compared to furia S they give more support for the toes so these are better at edging but they still work great when smearing.
My first outdoor trip with these was in fontainebleau and the rubber is super sticky and I felt so comfortable in those glassy slippery bas cuvier routes. With these shoes you feel the holds and the shoe being soft you can smear well and still it has enough support to edge well. I like laces so I can have a better adjustability in my shoes so these were the choice for me rather than dragos. I will definitely stick with Heinz Mariacher scarpa soft shoe lineup and can recommend these to anyone liking those shoes with high sensitivity.
I bought a pair of these after owning and loving a pair of Scarpa Dragos, With a very similar design and fit I ordered the same size as I would in those 40.5 about 1.5 eu sizes down from my street shoe.
I mostly use these shoes for outdoor climbing from hard granite bouldering, to steep lime stone sportclimbing, and even long traditional multipitches. They have unparalleled performance.
The slightly stiffer mid-sole allows for confidence on the micro foot hold found on granite, but also with the best toe hooking area of any lace up I've seen. Allows me feel at home in steep lime stone amphitheatres.
They also have great durability and have lasted me already 5 months of constant use and I feel they'll last another year.
These will always be my go to shoes, and I'll definitely replace them if this pair ever wears out.
This shoes are super sticky! Use them for indoor climbing. They really stick to slippery holds, where I wouldn't have a chance with my other shoes.
The material of the tongue is really breathable and so you're sweating less compared to other shoes.
Sizing is standard Scarpa sizing - took them the same size as my Vapor Lace (this means one size bigger than La Sportiva Tarantulace).