Good to know
-The Scarpa Arpia is a comfortable climbing piece designed with enhanced sensitivity in mind. It is advertised by the brand as a kind of shoe that helps users transition from flat-lasted kicks to more performance-oriented rock shoes.
-This rock climbing shoe is engineered with V-Tension. This Scarpa-exclusive technology reinforces the medial zone of the Arpia. It works with the shoe’s Vibram outsole in giving owners increased arch and heel support.
Downturn. The Arpia is included in Scarpa’s selection of moderately down-cambered rock shoes. This kind of downturn offers adequate edging performance. It allows the wearer to engage in multi-pitch ascents over technical terrain in comfort.
Applications. This footwear product is built for trad and sport climbing. It is also a capable shoe for vertical face climbing and bouldering. It is designed for both indoor problems and outdoor projects.
Scarpa’s Arpia is a low-top climb-centric shoe for men and women. A secure and customized lockdown in it is made possible by the shoe’s Velcro strapping system. It consists of sturdy loop joints and a synthetic strap made adjustable with hook-and-loop fasteners. Extended comfort can also be expected with the shoe’s moderately downturned shape.
Midsole. The Arpia promises sufficient underfoot support with its Talyn midsole. It is adequately protective, thanks to its heavy-duty construction and thickness of 1.5 mm.
Outsole. This moderate rock climbing shoe by Scarpa has its supply of slip and skid resistance sourced from its Vibram outsole. It has an overall thickness of 3.5 mm. It uses the XS Grip 2 compound which provides competition-level surface traction. This particular classification of rubber is also ideal for steep routes and overhangs.
The Scarpa Arpia hugs the foot with its part leather, part synthetic low-cut upper. It comes with a soft-touch liner for a comfier in-shoe feel. A long-wearing rand covers its vital parts to guard the shoe against abrasions and give senders extra climbing assistance where needed. To speed things up during on and off, the engineers over at Scarpa opted to furnish its heel with not one but two pull tabs.
When it comes to rock climbing kicks, Scarpa is known to deliver the goods. This claim is backed by the kind of quality the Arpia has. That said, the featured shoe shares the spotlight with another moderately downturned piece—the Scarpa Vapor V. These two have some similarities past downturn; however, if your budget only allows for only one pair, knowing the aspects that set them apart can help you decide which one to keep and which one to pass up. The points that follow will discuss their differences.
Asking price. On this front, the Scarpa Arpia bags the crown for being the cheaper rock shoe. Indeed, it is less expensive than the Scarpa Vapor V by about $15.
Upper. The featured climbing shoe’s upper is made with a combination of genuine leather and synthetic fabric. The Vapor V’s, on the other hand, is wholly synthetic. Between the two, only the Scarpa Arpia has a liner. That said, the competition comes with two adjustable straps—exceeding what the Arpia has by 1.
Randing. Both Scarpa kicks in this comparison are sufficiently randed for protection and additional climbing security. That said, only the Vapor V has a rand covering the inner side of its toe, giving its owners extra purchase in toe-hooking scenarios.
Weight. If you prefer to go as light as possible while ascending your favorite wall or rock, you might want to side with the Scarpa Arpia. Yes, this climb-specific piece is lighter than its rival by about 20 g.
Outsole. The Scarpa Vapor V (men’s) supplies climbers with enough surface grip with the Vibram XS Edge outsole. The Arpia, on the other hand, provides sufficient traction with the XS Grip 2 which, oddly enough, is also the outsole built into the women’s Vapor V. All outsoles, however, have the same thickness of 3.5 mm.