Facts

Construction: Board lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather
Lining: Unlined
Last Shape: Asymmetric
Stiffness: Stiff
Thickness: 5mm
Top: Low
Use: Bouldering, Sport, All around
Features: Lightweight
Price: $95
Weight: Men: 7.9oz | Women: 7.2oz
Brand: Scarpa
Colorways: Blue
Size
Small True to size Large
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95 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Switchback Travel | | Level 3 expert

    In an effort to encourage more and more folks to start climbing, Mariacher set out to design the perfect beginner shoe. Enter the Scarpa Origin.

  • 93 / 100 | Climbers Den | Level 3 expert

    With the Origin, SCARPA does not make things complicated with an aggressive design or shoe of some sort that will confuse you. Rather it keeps things simple with a flat down design with immense versatility and sheer comfort.

  • 100 / 100 | Climbing | | Level 2 expert

    Our primary tester was a seasoned climber who hadn’t touched rock in more than six months due to a shoulder injury, and he found the Origin to have a plush yet supportive feel.

  • 90 / 100 | Next Adventure | | Level 2 expert

    For anyone that is looking for their first pair of climbing shoes, I would point them in this direction every time.

  • 98 / 100 | The Big Outside | | Level 1 expert

    The Origin hits an affordable balance of performance and comfort.

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-The Scarpa Origin is a rock shoe built with the intention to encourage people to try and enjoy climbing. It is engineered extra comfortable thanks to its flat construction and leather upper.

-It comes equipped with a company-exclusive outsole called Vision for slip and skid resistance on a variety of surfaces. Underfoot support, on the other hand, comes from the Origin’s heavy-duty midsole.

Downturn. The Scarpa Origin is virtually a downturn-less product, making it a neutral rock climbing shoe. Its flat front end allows the foot to remain in a relaxed position, delivering all-day comfort as a result. Kicks of this type are ideal for multi-pitch ascents.

Applications. This beginner-friendly Scarpa shoe is designed for sport climbing and bouldering. It promises an all-around kind of performance, whether indoors or outdoors.

Scarpa’s Origin is a low-cut rock climbing shoe for both men and women. As it is built around the FF last, the shoe has a flat and slightly asymmetric interior which allows the foot to rest in it with as little tension as possible. Owners may customize its fit with the use of the Origin’s hook-and-loop strapping system.

Midsole. With the Scarpa Origin’s Flexan midsole, users can climb with enough support underfoot. This sturdy layer has an overall thickness of 1.9 mm.

Outsole. The shoe’s ability to stick to different types of surfaces, be they indoors or outdoors, comes from the Scarpa-owned Vision outsole. It is a rubberized component with a full-length construction. It is 5 mm in thickness.

The Scarpa Origin encases the foot in its 1.8-mm thick suede leather upper. Its interior comes without a liner. Protection from abrasive hazards and enhanced climbing security are promised by the rock shoe’s hardwearing rand. Its tongue is made of mesh which makes its interior extra breathable. Scarpa designers furnished it with two heel pull loops to help climbers get in and out of the shoe with relative ease.

Two adjustable straps make up the Origin’s closure system. Both of these straps are engineered with Velcro (hook-and-loop) fasteners.

The Origin is one of Scarpa’s high-quality neutral rock climbing kicks whose ball game pretty much revolves around extended comfort. That said, so is the Force V, another promising camber-less shoe from Scarpa. Though the two offerings have similarities—toe profile being one of them—it is what sets them apart that can help consumers in deciding which to get and which to ignore. The points that follow will discuss some of their differences.

Price tag. The Scarpa Origin is the clear winner in this round. Case in point: It is approximately $45 cheaper than the Force V.

Weight. If you are a climber who prefers to ascend with as little encumbrance as possible, go with the Origin. Yes, the featured rock climbing shoe is lighter than the Scarpa Force V by roughly 35 g.

Outsole technology. The Force V is equipped with the Vibram XS Edge outsole. The Origin, on the other hand, comes built with Scarpa’s Vision rubber outsole. Between the two outsoles, the one from Vibram is thinner by 1 mm.

Midsole. Both rock climbing shoes in this comparison are armed with the same Flexan midsole. That said, the one seen in the Force V is 0.9 mm thinner than the midsole of the Scarpa Origin.

Upper. The Scarpa Origin and its rival both have suede leather uppers at 1.8 mm thick. Between the two, however, only the Force V has a lined interior.

Does the Scarpa Origin last a long time?

The answer to this question depends largely on how often you use the shoe. Repeated use of the Origin may lead to wear and tear, but mostly around the sole unit.

Is the Scarpa Origin resole-friendly?

Scarpa climbing shoes can be resoled for a fee. You may have a qualified cobbler do it for you, or you may send your pair to Scarpa directly for a resole.

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