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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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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
• Asymmetric lacing opens Drago performance to a narrower foot
• 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
• TPS provides powerful support underneath the toe box
• Upper: Perforated Microsuede + Leather footbed + Alcantara toe pocket
• Midsole: Flexan Dynamic 1.4mm + PCB Tension
12 product reviews
I ordered Dragos mainly for indoor climbing and decided to buy another pair of Chimeras to test them outdoor. And boy i was not dissapointed. The heel is so good and overall stifness it comes to point on small edges to put all the force needed. Well on the slab there is dfferent story. Steep boulders and small edges are perfect for this shoe. On the other side smeraing was pain in a*s for me personaly.
Why do companies change their design and don't change the name of the shoe? As another person mentioned the size fits bigger (I should now downsize), and the heel has a lot of dead space for me. I dont know whos heel is this big??. To be clear I still love the shoe but maybe liked the old version more...
So the change to the Chimera was not just a visual change, the heel is deeper and the rand on the heel is more aggressive. This makes the shoe slightly larger, perhaps by 1/2 size, but the shoe edges better with the more aggressive rand. I cant decide if I like it better or not. Either way still a great shoe and the laces provide customization for my feet. My Scarpa street shoe size is 43.5 and I wear these in a 42. I suppose with this newer version, I could go down to 41.5 without pain.
I am a petite sized female climber and have a slim foot. I mainly do indoor bouldering and sport climb occasionally. When I tried the Chimera on at a boot demo I fell in love with these as it's really hard for me to find a shoe that fits properly. Scarpa shoes generally fits well but the Chimera is like a glove. My first pair was the Vapour V wm in street shoe size. I've worn those for over a year and they now became a bit too comfortable with room inside the shoe. I decided to get half a size down for a better performance fit on the Chimera. The first week climbing in them was a painful experience I almost regretted getting them, but after a week or two they became so soft and comfortable I no longer needed to go back to my old shoes. The toes are still really crammed but not painful anymore and the fit for the rest of the foot is really good. My only complaint is hard to get them on and off as they're in laces and I don't really have a choice as I have to take them off a lot between climbs to relieve pressure from the toes. I might try the Drago LV for my next shoe but the Chimera is an excellent all round shoe. The toe and heel hooks are amazing with these on and does really well on both overhangs and slabs.
great shoe ,the first impression was horrible,i wear scarpa instinct vsr and sr 39,5 and ordered the chimera in 40 for a litle more comfort but the chimera felt much smaller! but after 5 or 6 climbing sessions the chimera" shaped my foot"
im 79 kg
my foot is 26 cm long (mondopoint) and 100 mm wide it is impossible for me to wear the cimera smaller but after the break in period they are quite comfortable.
due the softness is pulling and grabbing with toes great
heel hooking great, toe hooking great, smearing brilliant
best shoe until now.in the past i had : testarossa, miura vs, python, instinct vsr/sr, quantum,cobra, speedster, blanco