Who should buy the Scarpa Crux

The Scarpa Crux is one of the premium and best approach shoes best suited for:

  • outdoorsy folks who need a low-elevation climber that does it all, even on the trail
  • trail adventures, scrambling, and easy climbs

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Deliver comfort and performance 

The Scarpa Crux is a low-top approach shoe designed to deliver comfort and performance both for scrambling and hiking.

While its predecessor employed a Kevlar webbing for shape retention, this version sports a streamlined suede upper lined with stretch textile for durability.

Scarpa Crux offers sufficient traction 

The footgear’s midsole has been updated from a single layer ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) to a molded Vertical Dual Density design for cushioning.

Scarpa Crux offers sufficient traction

Scarpa also replaced the earlier version’s Idiogrip outsole with a Vibram Vertical Approach component, which offers traction on most ground conditions and rock surfaces.

Isn’t ideal for edging 

Some adventurers state that the Scarpa Crux’s flexible midsole isn’t ideal for edging. Its tongue keeps sliding down to the side, according to a reviewer.

Scarpa Crux flexible midsole

Several purchasers find this approach shoe to be quite expensive.

Secure and personalized lockdown

The Crux is a low-top approach shoe built by Scarpa for men and women. It comes with an extended lacing system, which reaches the user’s toes. It grants a secure and personalized lockdown to the wearer.

Scarpa Crux Secure and personalized lockdown

Moreover, its tongue and collar are padded to promote a comfortable fit. This approach-centric piece uses a Vibram Vertical Approach outsole. Its profile is filled with boomerang-shaped lugs to give traction on virtually all types of terrain. 

Good control when ascending 

The component’s front section contains a climbing zone for added control when ascending. It is also made of a Megagrip rubber compound to make it resistant to abrasion, wear, and tear.

Scarpa Crux Good control when ascending 

The Scarpa Crux features a Vertical Dual Density midsole. It uses two layers of lightweight EVA foam to render a cushioned ride while keeping the ground impact to a minimum. 

Offers stability and arch support

It is paired with a Flex Lite insole to give wearers stability, arch support, and added comfort underfoot.

Scarpa Crux Offers stability

The Crux from Scarpa is equipped with an upper made of water-repellent suede leather. It is lined with a stretch textile material to create a comfortable in-shoe environment while maintaining breathability.

Gives extra precision when climbing

The shoe’s forefoot section contains a rubber rand for durability and extra precision when climbing. The Scarpa Crux comes with a Heel Tension feature at the rearfoot for lateral support when walking.

Scarpa Crux forefoot section

Its lacing system uses a series of eyelets to help the wearer manage the shoe’s fit. A pull loop is positioned at the collar’s back to give users easy on and off.

Scarpa Crux vs. Gecko

The Crux and Gecko are both low-top approach shoes manufactured by Scarpa. Shown below are several features these two offerings share and certain qualities that set them apart.

Scarpa Crux Scarpa Crux vs. Gecko

Both the Scarpa Crux and Gecko are equipped with uppers made of suede leather to achieve a balance between lightness and sturdiness. Moreover, their uppers are reinforced with rubber toe caps for added durability.

Promotes shock reduction 

The Scarpa Gecko comes with a bi-density midsole made of lightweight EVA foam to give adventurers a cushioned ride. It has a low-density EVA in the rearfoot section, which promotes shock reduction.

Scarpa Crux removable insole

This component is paired with a removable insole to optimize arch support and underfoot comfort. The Crux also uses a bi-layer EVA midsole to give outdoor enthusiasts these trail benefits.

Keeps users stable on tricky terrain 

Scarpa fitted the Gecko with a Vibram Reptilia HG outsole. It combines low-profile lugs and a climbing zone at the forefoot’s tip to render ground adherence on uneven trails and slabby surfaces. It is made of Idiogrip compound, which makes it resistant to harsh conditions.

Scarpa Crux Keeps users stable

Moreover, the outsole contains self-cleaning lugs for optimal traction. Meanwhile, the Scarpa Crux uses a Vibram Vertical Approach outsole made of a Megagrip compound to keep users stable on tricky terrain.

More affordable

These two Scarpa approach shoes are built for men and women. The Crux is significantly more affordable than the Gecko.

Scarpa Crux More affordable

The Scarpa Gecko is built on the brand’s proprietary CA last, which gives the shoe it's straight, yet broad shape. 

Gives users fit customization 

It has a to-the-toe lacing system, which enables wearers to get a secure and personalized lockdown from the footgear. The Scarpa Crux also uses the same lacing system to give users fit customization.

Scarpa Crux Gives users fit customization 

Consumers who prefer shoes dedicated specifically to climbing may want to consider the La Sportiva Solution or Scarpa Instinct. 

Scarpa Crux is a supportive shoe 

These offerings deliver support and performance for challenging send projects. Outdoor enthusiasts who are searching for a trail-centric product that can withstand various trail challenges may look into a pair of light hikers.

Scarpa Crux a supportive shoe 

Among the options that may be explored is the KEEN Targhee III Waterproof.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 383g / Women 326g
Features: Lightweight
Material: Mesh, Leather
Waterproofing: Water resistant
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Scarpa
Randing: Forefoot only

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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.