Who should buy the Scarpa Furia S

The Scarpa Furia S does its makers proud, what with all its collection of send-worthy merits. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is built for senders who need precision on their climbs.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides excellent grip underfoot.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is equipped with the right set of components to scale overhanging terrain.

Scarpa Furia S logo

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Updates to Scarpa Furia S

It is dubbed by Scarpa as a slightly softer version of the Furia. This design decision gives the Furia S enhanced sensitivity. The two rock climbing shoes have other differences, which will be discussed in the following:

  • The Scarpa Furia S now comes with a proper midsole, called Flexan. Yes, the Furia lacked this supportive component.
  • The Furia S’ Velcro closure has been redesigned. It comes with a unified strapping system (also known as Z-closure), doing away with the Furia’s two separate straps.
  • It inherits the Furia’s Vibram XS Grip2 outsole. That said, the one in the Furia S is thicker than its predecessor by 0.5 mm.
  • The Furia S uses the IPR tension system. This tech replaces Furia’s PCB-Tension, which promises a sock-like fit and improved sensitivity.

Scarpa Furia S updates



Downturn. The Scarpa Furia S is a rock climbing shoe with an aggressive downturn. Its highly pointed camber allows for tiptoeing on small holds and ledges with enough precision. Kicks with this amount of downturn are designed for single-pitch ascents.

Applications. This indoor/outdoor rock shoe is built for both bouldering and sports climbing. It comes equipped with the right set of components to scale overhanging terrain.

Scarpa Furia S laces 2

Excellent surface grip

Thanks to the Furia S’ 3.5-mm thick Vibram XS Grip2 outsole, owners can cling to a variety of surfaces with as much grip as possible. It is made of a special kind of rubber that gives enhanced friction on overhangs.

Scarpa Furia S outsole

Provides vibration-damping and shock-absorbing properties

It is built with vibration-damping and shock-absorbing properties. A thicker version of this outsole is part of the La Sportiva Solution.

Scarpa Furia S outsole 1

Provides excellent underfoot support and protection

The Furia S grants underfoot support and protection from its Flexan midsole. It has a very minimal thickness of 1 mm.

Scarpa Furia S midsole

Excellent toe-hooking performance

The Scarpa Furia S envelops the climber’s foot in its low-cut microsuede upper. Its toe box is imbued with the SRT rand with M50 rubber to provide climbers with extra bite in toe-hooking situations. A sturdy rand is also built into its heel and lateral zones to help users scale tricky projections with additional climbing security.

Scarpa Furia S upper

Secure fit

A single strap makes up the shoe’s Z-closure system. This strap is engineered with hook-and-loop fasteners for adjustability. Completing the equation of the Furia S’ upper are the two pull tabs at the heel.

Scarpa Furia S laces

Scarpa Furia S vs. Drago

The Furia S is among Scarpa’s high-quality climbing shoes built for the steep. As such, it finds itself in a position where climbers pit it against other kicks from the same brand. In this comparison, the featured shoe crosses paths with the Scarpa Drago. Learn about their differences in the points that follow.

Weight. On this front, climbing enthusiasts who prefer to breeze through projects with as little bulk as possible might find the Drago the better shoe. Yes, it is lighter than the Scarpa Furia S by approximately 20 g.

Midsole. Between the two rock climbing shoes, only the Furia S has a midsole unit. This particular component, in general, delivers extra support and protection underfoot. That said, its absence translates to enhanced flexibility.

Tension technology. The two Scarpa offerings in this head-to-head have different tension systems. The Furia S, as discussed in the Updates section, is engineered with the IPR-Tension for shape retention and flexibility. The Drago, on the other hand, comes built with the PCB-Tension (where PCB stands for Power Connection Band), making the shoe extra sensitive while enhancing its overall fit.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 220g
Technology: Synthetic
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
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.