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
4 product reviews
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).
I consider myself an average level indoor climber. After my previous pair I was looking a new shoe with a bit more aggressive design.
Scarpa Chimera caught my eye, with its shape, reviews, awesome color, laces and sale price. I already saw myself turning heads at the local gym and getting those "Nice shoes man" high fives.
I placed an order and ended up getting size 42.5. My street shoe size is 43.5 so i downsized one size in EU scale. This turned out to be a bad decision.
My index toe is the longest and with 42.5 I simply couldn't fit the toe inside the shoe. I decided to exchange the shoe to 43.5.
The 43.5 arrived and I tried them on. It felt like my whole upper body got stronger at that second and I started speaking french. "Allez, allez" yealled my inner Alex Ondra.
The shoes are tight but highly comfortable and the grip is superb. Even though the lacing closure takes a bit more time compared to velcro it gives you more adjustable shoe.
Standing on those petite holds feels comfortable but still the shoe gives that much needed stiffness.
My climbing improved a lot after fitting these shoes on. You can really put faith to your feet when you know that the shoe wont slip and there will be no sudden velcro openings.
With Scarpa Chimera shoes you don't climb the gym, the gym climbs you.
I will highly recommend these shoes as a great pair for indoor climbing and especially bouldering.
I love this agressive shoes.
Is really beauthyfull, have a incredible and exact grip arround the foot.
Your fabric is unbelievably soft !!
if I need it in the future, I will buy again without exiting
Thanks EpicTV for Support and fast Shiping
Obs: I use casual Shoes nº42,5 and Chimera i buy nº42 ! I'm really happy :D