Who should buy the Scarpa Crux Air

The Scarpa Crux Air is a promising piece of investment, thanks to its list of approach-centric characteristics. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is designed to give wearers airy comfort and enhanced agility both on and off the trail.
  • Prefer a shoe that puts heavy emphasis on ventilation, making the shoe ideal for approach pursuits in arid environments.
  • Prefer a shoe that provides improved shock mitigation upon each landing and it also enhances leg-to-foot energy transfer, improving the user’s locomotion as a result.

Scarpa Crux Air logo

Excellent traction

The Crux has its supply of surface traction coming from its Vibram Vertical Approach outsole. It is based on Vibram’s Megagrip compound, which is designed to produce sufficient traction over different types of terrain, especially on slippery ones. 

Scarpa Crux Air outsole

Additional slip resistance

Across and around its rubberized surface are aggressive lugs for extra grip over loose soil. The smooth section at its front end is commonly known as the climbing zone—a feature that grants additional slip resistance on boulder-type surfaces.

Scarpa Crux Air outsole 2.0

Responsive cushioning

This approach-specific hiker from Scarpa is armed with a heavy-duty midsole for cushioning and stability. It is made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate), a material resembling foam characterized by a combination of resilience and a high rebound rate. 

Scarpa Crux Air midsole

Comfortable cushioning

It is built partly soft and partly rigid (also known as dual-density), translating to surefootedness without sacrificing comfort. A padded footbed sits right on top of it for added comfort underfoot and support.

Scarpa Crux Air midsole 2.0

Breathable knit fabric

What shields the foot from the elements in the Scarpa Crux Air approach shoe is a low-top upper made of breathable knit fabric. It comes with a synthetic pull loop for easier on and off. 

Scarpa Crux Air upper

Adequate abrasion protection

Both its forefoot and heel are randed to provide adequate abrasion protection and extra grip around climbable features. Completing the equation of the Crux Air’s upper is the shoe’s fit management system. It is made up of combination eyelets, the top two pairs of which are plated, and a synthetic lace.

Scarpa Crux Air upper 4.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 346g / Women 290g
Base model: Scarpa Crux
Features: Breathable / Lightweight
Material: Knit
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.