Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe

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The Scarpa Instinct S is the performance boulder and slab slipper climbing shoe of the multitalented Instinct family. Like its sister shoes, the Instinct S features... Show more >
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Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe

The Scarpa Instinct S is the performance boulder and slab slipper climbing shoe of the multitalented Instinct family. Like its sister shoes, the Instinct S features a delicate layer of 3mm thick rubber to ensure maximum sensitivity. Combining this with the Vibram XS Grip2 compound gives the Instinct S an unbridled ability to feel the rock's surface with the foot, detect almost imperceptible holds, and grip onto them with the greatest level of confidence possible. The Instinct S thrives on sustained overhanging terrain with minimal footholds and for smearing on polished, glassy slab routes on granite. Climb better, climb instinctively.

Being a slipper, the Instinct S has been designed to fit as snugly as possible to achieve a performance fit. The upper is synthetic microsuede which will break-in over time but provide the absolute minimum amount of stretch, so remember to size appropriately. If you're looking for a more all-round performance shoe, try the Instinct VS velcro version.

Tech specs

Upper material
Closure type
Sizing and fit
Medium Foot
Lite Orange
High Asymmetry
Sole material
Vibram XS Grip 2
Sole thickness


Instinct S Climbing Shoe

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.

Instinct S Climbing Shoe

Bi-Tension Rand™

A rand that that pulls power from the toes to achieve performance with less tension and less painful toe cramming. The Bi-Tension Rand also reduces the amount of rubber needed under the toes, which means a lower weight and a higher sensitivity.

Instinct S Climbing Shoe

Full Features List

• Specialised toe patch is made from softer rubber for high-friction toe-hooking
• Lorica® upper allows for zero stretch, maintaining the same performance-fit forever

7 product reviews

Average rating

Instinct S Climbing Shoe
Based on 52 ratings
Worth to try

I bought this shoe mainly to do boulder indoor (during winter time). Positive feedback: easy to put on - take off, lasts long (bouldering almost every day), good quality of the material.
Negative: It feels like the rubber is not that stiff, and have some minimal air at the heels when on... although the size is perfect. (perhaps the shape of my feet is the reason - in comparsion La Sportiva Miura perfectly fits)
All together: it worth trying.

great shoes

Im a huge fan of Scarpa Instinct VS. This is why I wanted to check also this model. First surprise - very easy to put on. I was afraid of that because Scarpa VS is not the easiest shoe to put on. Instinnst S is!
Lots of reviews below says that they are good for wide feet. I have narrow feet and they are also perfect. So probably those shoes are for all.
I wear 36 standard shoes, and Scarpa Instincst s and VS also 36, once I tried 35 and I could take it off ;)
At the beggining they are not comfortable but what you can achieve in rocks wearing them is worth suffering...

For me they perform perfectly on rocks. I dont like to climb in them in the gym.

A Treat for Fat Feet

Theses slippers are great for those of us with big flippers.
Nice and soft too - you can feel everything through this rubber (not something you can say for other types of rubber).

What I'm trying to say is if you've got wide feet and prefer a shoe that translate the texture of the tiniest holds to your toes, these are a good option for you. The fit is enormously comfortable and goes against all that drama of having crushed up mangled feet.

They also come in size 6.66. What more can i say?

High performing slipper

I was about to buy a more specialized sensitive shoe when my Vapor is not enough, but the chimera was sold out in my size and the price on these were really good.
They are much stiffer than the new line shoes furia,drago, chimera... That makes them more versatile and helps edging on small granit pebbles common in my area.
I size them 43 and that is an tight fit with no space left. I size Vapor 43,5, la sportive 43, and five ten 44. Street shoes 44-45.
As always Scarpa fits my wide feet perfectly.

Fits like a sock

I´ve climbed two sessions with this shoe and it fits like a sock! The last is perfect for my slightly wider feet and it has the right amount of compression from every side.

The shoe is super easy to put on and take off. After the first session the edging did not feel that good, but I am sure it will get better after the "break-in" time. Smearing was beyond my expectations and the Vibram rubber was super sticky. I send two of my projects with ease with the Instinct.
Toe hooking worked really well with overhanging routes and the heel hooks were better than I imagined. So the lack off the strap was not noticeable.

My street shoe is 44,5 and I chose 43,5 with the Instinct. Time will tell if I could have gone with a half size smaller.
In comparison with the Scarpa Drago the sizing is the same, but the Instinct is a lot stiffer from the beginning.

No doubt about this this will be one of the top indoor training shoes along with the Scarpa Drago, the Five Ten Hiangle and LaSpo Skwama. If the edging gets better this might be the number one shoe for my slab projects in the Spring.

With a longer testing period it could be a 5/5 shoe.

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