Who should buy the Scarpa Maestro Eco
The Maestro Eco is yet another masterful Scarpa creation, thanks to its remarkable set of qualities. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer a climbing shoe that is built for wearers who need enhanced support on challenging routes.
- Prefer a climbing shoe that provides extra support underfoot.
- Prefer a climbing shoe that gives users a secure platform on micro-holds.
Provides adequate slip and skid resistance
The Scarpa Maestro Eco is equipped with a Vibram outsole called XS Edge for adequate slip and skid resistance on a variety of surfaces.
Excellent sticking power
As its name suggests, its sticking power favors edges and similar projections. This rubberized component has an overall thickness of 4 mm.
With the Maestro Eco’s Talyn midsole, wearers can mount on different types of terrain or wall features with as much underfoot support as possible. This sturdy platform has a thickness of 1.4 mm in the men’s variant, while 1.2 mm in the women’s.
Provides climbing security and abrasion protection
What encloses the foot in the Scarpa Maestro Eco is a 2-mm suede leather upper. It comes built with a liner made of microfiber. Both its forefoot (toe box) and heel zone are generously randed for climbing security and abrasion protection.
Easy to wear
Scarpa shoemakers armed it with a pair of pull loops at the heel to make on and off a quick affair.
Provides protection against tearing
A flat synthetic lace and combination eyelets make up the Scarpa Maestro Eco’s closure system. Its top-most pair of lace holes are plated to avoid tearing with repeated lace-ups.
Scarpa Maestro vs. La Sportiva TC Pro
The Maestro Eco can be considered one of Scarpa’s best efforts in recent years, bearing that “high-quality” signature the brand is known for. That being said, it finds a rival in the TC Pro—a rock shoe from La Sportiva. While these two climbing kicks have a few similarities (downturn being one of them), they have between them aspects that set them apart. Such distinctions will be touched on in the following points.
Collar height. The Scarpa Maestro Eco has a below-the-ankle collar. The La Sportiva TC Pro, on the other hand, is built with a mid-top ankle cuff.
Midsole unit. Both the Maestro Eco from Scarpa and the TC Pro from La Sportiva have midsoles to give wearers enhanced support underfoot. That said, the Maestro Eco’s midsole is thicker than the competition’s by roughly 0.3 mm.
Target audience. The featured rock climbing shoe comes in two variants—one for men and another for women. The La Sportiva TC Pro, on the other hand, only comes in men’s.
Weight. In this round, the TC Pro bags the crown. Yes, it is lighter than the Scarpa Maestro Eco by approximately 10 g.
A case of utility. Both rock shoes in this comparison may be used for trad climbing and vertical face ascents. That said, only the TC Pro is advertised to have the adequate capacity to take on cracks. It also possesses the right components to scale slabs.
Nice to know
-The Scarpa Maestro Eco has an ankle-supportive mid-top variant, called Maestro Mid Eco.