Who should buy the Scarpa Drago LV

Just like most shoes with an aggressive downturn, the Scarpa Drago LV can mount on micro-edges and get into tiny pockets without requiring too much technical footwork. Climbers stated that the extra-large patch of rubber around the inner side of its toe box and instep offers toe-hooking versatility, particularly on steep routes. They mentioned that the upper makes it a competent tool for traversing overhangs. Also, this bouldering and sports climbing shoe can be used both indoors and outdoors. 

Who should not buy the Scarpa Drago LV

While it is cambered and rigid enough to grant enhanced edging support, it might not be the best shoe in smearing situations. Climbers noticed that it's synthetic upper stretches slightly with time, so they recommend choosing your size wisely. Also, it favors those who have narrow feet. If you have normal-to-burly tootsies, try the regular Scarpa Dragos.

Incredibly sticky

Climbers claimed that the outsole of Scarpa Drago LV was so sticky and it is perfect for standing on volumes, with slippery polished edges, and smears. That is why it is one of the many reasons you see this shoe on the World Cup circuit so often. 

Stiff yet soft enough for comp style boulders

Many climbers mentioned that it is stiff enough to stand on small edges but soft enough for comp-style boulders with slippery slopy holds and volumes. 

Superb toe and heel-hooking performance

Lots of steep boulders and routes involve tenuous toe and heel hooks but luckily the Scarpa Drago LV is no stranger to toe hooking. Climbers commended this climbing shoe because it gives them maximum rubber contact-making even on the most tenuous toe hooks.

But if you prefer heel-hooking, this climbing shoe has you covered there too. Many climbers stated that it gives you a proven fit and incredible heel hooking performance.

Perfect for climbers with thinner lower volume feet

Climbers loved this shoe because of its narrower toe box, tighter instep, and tighter heel, which makes it perfect for climbers with thinner lower volume feet.

Drago LV vs. Furia Air: A head-to-head of two Scarpas

The Drago LV and the Furia Air are two of Scarpa’s exemplary climbing shoes. While they are both highly cambered kicks, they have interesting distinctions. The following are areas in which they differ:

Cost. Although both rock shoes are expensive, the Drago LV is cheaper than the competition by approximately $10. If you want to spend even way less, look into our lineup of budget-friendly pieces.

Weight. In terms of lightness, the Furia Air gives its name justice. Yes, it is lighter than the low-volume Drago by about 50 g.

Outsole. The Furia Air’s outsole is thinner around the heel zone than the one in the Drago LV.

Final word: If you prefer something less costly and the extra weight does not bother you, the Scarpa Drago LV is the way to go. Those who wish to climb light are better off with the Furia Air, however.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Scarpa Drago
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic, Vibram
Last Shape: Asymmetric

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Author
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.