Who should buy the Scarpa Chimera

The Scarpa Chimera is an astonishing sending tool, thanks to its collection of climb-centric qualities. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that offers precision when bouldering, trad, and sport climbing.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that protects the foot while keeping its shape even after several uses. 
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that sticks to almost all types of rock conditions.

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Excellent surface traction

The Chimera from Scarpa sports a 3.5 mm Vibram XS Grip 2 outsole. This sturdy material yields stickiness in almost all types of rock conditions.

Scarpa Chimera outsole

Provides magnificent toe-hooking support

Scarpa Chimera features a 1 mm TPS midsole. It is a thermoshapable insert placed under the forefoot that provides enhanced support when toe-hooking.

Scarpa Chimera outsole 2

Provides excellent smearing performance

When smearing, this midsole extends; thus, promoting movement and widening the surface area that is in contact with the ground. 

Scarpa Chimera midsole

Superb power transfer

Performance is further enhanced by the Power Connection Band or PCB tension system. It transfers the power from the toe zone to the heel.

Scarpa Chimera midsole 2

Durable and abrasion-resistant

This Scarpa product uses an unlined microsuede for its upper. This synthetic material protects the foot against abrasion from rough rock surfaces. The elongated rubber patch in the toe area amplifies its durability. 

Scarpa Chimera upper

Easy to wear

The Chimera uses a vacuum-like lacing system for fit management. Additionally, pull loops assist the wearers in a smooth on and off.

Scarpa Chimera loop

Scarpa Chimera vs. Drago

These two rock climbing shoes share a lot of features in common. The Chimera, as Scarpa advertised, is the lace-up version of the sought-after Drago. The Drago rock shoe is handcrafted in Italy and is designed by an Austrian climber and mountaineer, Heinz Mariacher. He was also the brain behind the design of the well-known Mythos from La Sportiva. While the two may be similar in some aspects, both have features that make each one distinct. Its differences are discussed below.

Closure system. The Scarpa’s Chimera has a vacuum-like lace-up closure system that allows users to customize its fit.  On the other hand, the Drago from Scarpa uses a hook-and-loop closure, foot wrap system offering a snug fit as well as the convenience of easy slip on and off.

Performance. The Chimera is optimized to perform in the most demanding projects and routes with its grippy Vibram outsole and enhanced support features. The Drago from Scarpa, meanwhile, yields heightened sensitivity and friction levels. Combined with a light microfiber upper, the climber’s performance when bouldering and sport climbing is enhanced.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 244g
Technology: Synthetic
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Lace-up
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor

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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.