Who should buy the Scarpa Drago

An aggressively downturned climbing shoe, the Drago is a powerful tool on short-but-steep routes. You're part of its target crowd if:

  • You prefer to be a bit more technical with your foot placements on vertical faces.
  • You're a climber who needs extra sensitivity on boulder-type ascents, especially while performing toe hooks.
  • Developing your toeing-in technique is high on your climbing objectives list.

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Who should NOT buy it

If you need extra firmness in your climbing shoes, skip the Drago and opt for the Instinct VS instead. Also, if your budget isn't as promising, try the more affordable La Sportiva Skwama.

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The Scarpa Drago's pampering confines

Based on a lot of reviews, the Scarpa Drago climbing shoe provides a ton of comfort.

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Mighty dependable on boulders

This rock climbing shoe (thanks to its versatile design) is an incredible bouldering tool, many senders say.

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It won't tip the scale

The lightness of this awesome Scarpa offering, which weighs 199 g a shoe, is a delight to a considerable number of owners. FYI: On average, climbing shoes weigh around 210 g per piece.

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Goes with the flow

Climbers in droves say that the flexible Drago organically bends and twists to the foot's movement.

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Scarpa Drago: Not a stiff platform

Its lackluster rigidity makes mounting on small footholds (think nubbins) rather difficult, say experts.

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But it's a feeler

A critic is impressed with the Drago's amazing sensitivity. With it, he was able to feel every nubbin and dimple on the rock surface.

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Scarpa Drago vs. Furia S

In Scarpa’s line-up of rock climbing shoes, the Drago and the Furia S are often pitted against each other. The following are the areas in which they differ. 

Closure. This category is where the Furia S and the Drago are significantly different. The former uses the Z-closure system, which helps distribute pressure evenly and secures a glove-like fit. On the other hand, the latter uses a single Velcro closure for quick adjustments.

Randing. Though subtle, the Drago has a much thicker rand than the Furia S. The Furia S, despite having a thinner rand, renders optimal flexibility. It has less rubber around the arch of the foot and at the heel too. 

Upper. They have synthetic leather uppers. On the exterior, the Furia S is designed with a generous amount of rubber in the forefoot area, rendering heightened hooking prowess. 

Weight. The Furia S loses a point in this category as it weighs 21 g more than the Drago.

Price. The Drago costs about $10 less than the Furia S. (Click here for more budget-friendly climbing shoes.)

VERDICT: For outdoor sends, particularly on more abrasive rock, the Drago has the advantage. If your climbs involve lots of overhangs to toe- and heel-hook, the Furia S is the way to go.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 199g
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic, Vibram

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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.