Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe

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Scarpa Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe

The Scarpa Instinct VSR is the soft and supple climbing shoe of the Instinct family tree, with a technical and sensitive design made for hard sport climbing and bouldering.

The Scarpa Instinct VSR shares a similar design to its sister shoe, the Scarpa Instinct VS, but it features a velcro closure for a more precise fit as well as a slightly thicker rubber for better durability. With a focus on friction over edging, the Instinct VSR is better suited to overhanging and steep routes, glassy and polished rock, and smearing on slabs. The Instinct family is known for its high levels of sensitivity, and the VSR is no different. The signature Bi-Tension rand, which drives power through the toes without causing discomfort, and the high-friction toe patch, for maximum grip during toe-hooks, that make the Instinct family so renowned still feature on the Instinct VRS, but it's its softer nature and XS Grip 2 rubber that makes it the golden child for technical sport routes and hard boulder problems. Also ideal for lighter climbers.

The Instinct VSR features a microsuede upper which will break-in, but will not stretch. This will maintain the shoe's performance over its entire lifespan. Size accordingly.

Tech specs

Upper material
Closure type
Sizing and fit
Medium Foot
Blue / Black
0.43 kg (Size 40 EU)
Medium Asymmetry
Sole material
Vibram XS Grip 2
Sole thickness
Moderate Downturn


Instinct VSR 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 VSR 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 VSR 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
• Floating velcro strap secures the fit without affecting suppleness

12 product reviews

Average rating

Instinct VSR Climbing Shoe
Based on 20 ratings
Perfect Pair of Shoes for me

Great shoe, great fit and they molded well to my feet. They were quite tight and painful in the beginning, but after a few climbs these shoes feel perfect. These were the first pair of shoes I've purchased and from everything I've tried on and worn previously, these feel the best. The grip is amazing, such a sensitive shoe and gets me comfortable on the tiniest holds. I went with these because I thought that they would give me a good introduction into the higher level shoes without killing my feet right off the bat, but also be able to last me a long time as I get more comfortable climbing. I'm convinced that these will do just that after a few weeks of climbing! I found that the VSR's are doing quite well as an all around shoe for me!

One of the best shoes available

I'm on my second pair of VSR's, and these shoes are amazing at pretty much everything. My only complaint is they aren't great for low angle/vertical climbing being softer shoes, but if you want something stiffer the VS is a good match with the harder rubber.

Fit is great, they're not aggressively downturned or asymmetrical. So it's a comfortable fit compared to the Drago or Chimera. Heelcup feels shallow (doesn't come up the achilles much on me), but there is no dead space.

Sizing wise I have a 40.5 street shoe, my Scarpa shoes (Chimera and VSR) are all 39.5. It's a very tight but comfortable fit. Once broken in, they stretch more around the foot/toe box area. The length stays pretty much unchanged.

I have a wide foot that doesn't fit into any La Sportiva shoe except the Testarossa or the Genius. The VSR's are super tight initially, and very hard to get on. But they do fit wider feet.

Surprisingly good shoes

After climbing in the very (sometimes too) comfortable Moccasyms for half a year, I wanted something more aggressive for my harder projects.
I bought them half a size above my street shoe size. These shoes are surprisingly comfortable, while being very snug around my entire narrow foot.
Since I love climbing slabs the most, I wanted a soft rubber for good sensitivity and also smearing. After falling in love with 5.10's Stealth c4 soles, I didn't think any other rubber would come close, but the Vibram Grip 2 feels just as nice and sticky on the wall.
The big patch of rubber on top of the shoe was also a nice surprise on the wall. Apart from a very steady toe hook, the rubber also makes flagging a bit steadier when the top of my toes are resting against the wall. But maybe I'm just flagging very weirdly, haha.
Apart from how well they feel on my feet and on the wall, I really like the badass design these shoes have.
A very good first experience with Scarpa's!

Great Bouldering Beast

Climber profile: male / 176 cm / 77-79 kg
Used to wear 41.5 Skwama. Bought 42.5 of Instinct VSR; could possibly go down to 42.

I particularly like this pair of shoes because I am able to create a toe profile (like those with La Sportiva), and the heel is sensitive and fits nicely without the bulkiness like in Skwama or Solutions. I think this shoe is on the stiffer end which was something I looked for after the softness of Skwama. Though stiff, I am able to use them really well even on roof climb where you may need to dig your toes into the hold.

Lastly, it took me about 4 or 5 two hours indoor bouldering sessions to break them in.

Good for my narrow feet

I saw that Matt (on YouTube) said these were his fav bouldering shoes of 2017 and since he also said that he's a street nine (EUR 43) and has narrow feet, just like me, I was keen to give them a try. The Epic TV size calculator suggested a EUR 44 for me, but Matt said that he used a EUR 42. So I ordered those two pairs and all inbetween, so that I could find the perfect fit. I ended up going for EUR 43 - my street shoe size. The size down (EUR 42.5) just made my toes overlap and were painful to the extent that I couldn't concentrate on anything but my feet. These are good shoes. The rubber is very sticky and the sole is soft enough that you can open it up to smear, despite the aggressive downturn. The heel is a bit baggy at the bottom, but it stays in place.

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