Who should buy the Scarpa Vapor Lace

The Scarpa Vapor Lace has a wide selection of impressive rock climbing shoes and the Vapor Lace is one of them. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides extra rock adhesion
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides optimal climbing performance.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that can be used for bouldering, sport, and face climbing.

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Excellent edging prowess

The Vibram XS Edge (3.5 mm) outsole is developed to render optimal edging prowess. Its resistance to plastic distortion helps keep its shape and withstand abuse. It is formulated to work in both hot and cold temperatures.

Scarpa Vapor Lace outsole

Supportive cushioning

Providing a supportive platform is a 1 mm Flexan midsole.

Scarpa Vapor Lace midsole


It renders a decent amount of flexibility that will allow climbers to slip into cracks. 

Scarpa Vapor Lace midsole 1


The Vapor Lace wears a durable 1.8 mm microsuede. It employs a patent-pending feature, the Bi-Tension system. It is a reversed slingshot rand placed under the forefoot and is connected to the heel rand and pulls power from the toes. It uses less rubber, minimizing weight yet increasing sensitivity. 

Scarpa Vapor Lace upper

Provides assistance when wearing

The closure system employs a flat lace that goes through six pairs of punched eyelets. The pull tabs (with distinct colors) are placed at the heel to assist in donning and doffing.

Scarpa Vapor Lace heel

Scarpa Vapor Lace vs Vapor V

These two climb-centric offerings from Scarpa are engineered to give a performance for various disciplines. Shown below are some of the qualities that differentiate these two products from one another.

Application. The Vapor V is designed by Scarpa to be used mainly for bouldering sessions, trad routes, and sport climbing. Its set of technologies also enables the shoe to be employed for overhanging terrain. Moreover, this Scarpa offering can be worn for both indoor sessions and outdoor climbs. Meanwhile, the Scarpa Vapor Lace, as stated above, is built for technical trad climbing. It can, however, be used for bouldering, face, and sport climbing as well.

Closure. Scarpa’s Vapor V sports a Velcro closure system. Wearers may adjust the shoe’s fit until they can get a secure and personalized lockdown using its Velcro straps. The Vapor Lace’s closure, as the name suggests, consists of a traditional lacing system with 6 pairs of eyelets.

Downturn. Both the Scarpa Vapor Lace and Vapor V are built with a moderate downturn. This particular shoe shape enables climbers to gain a secure foothold on tiny nubbins and micro edges. It also provides senders with ample precision when tackling these climb-related challenges.

Upper. Scarpa equipped both the Vapor Lace and Vapor V with a 1.8mm-thick microsuede upper. Both also feature a rand wrapped around its lower section to give lateral protection. A secondary rand is also positioned on the heel zone for extra rearfoot support. The Vapor V’s toe box, however, has a protective covering, which gives added grip when toe hooking.

Additional Info

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 7.6oz / Women 7.4oz
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Lace-up
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Last Shape: Asymmetric
Stiffness: Medium stiff

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.