Scarpa Reflex V: Comfort personalized
Beginner climbing shoes are by design intended for adventurers who wish to try climbing for the first time. The Reflex V fits the bill but takes ease of use a bit further by blending personalization and comfiness nicely.
How is this possible? Well, it goes beyond the shoe’s adjustable straps. Yes, the main culprit here is the Reflex V’s knit upper. This breathable shell is engineered to stretch in zones, giving you a highly supple fit with every step.
The Reflex V’s stretchiness should not be confused with the gear’s permanent stretchability, however. This means that the shoe will go back to its from-the-box (original) fit every time you take it off.
Alternatives to the Scarpa Reflex V
Another one of Scarpa’s entry-level kicks, the Force V will let you mount with more sensitivity underfoot thanks to its 4-mm outsole. It is 1 mm thinner than the Reflex V’s.
It is as downturn-less as the featured climbing shoe; however, unlike the Reflex V, the Velocity is straight-lasted. This means that your foot (around the inner arch) will not bend inward in it, giving a sneaker-like comfort as a result.