Overview of this review
Updates to Scarpa’s Gecko approach shoe
Every once in a while, approach hikers from Scarpa get revamped to benefit the modern climber. In this regard, they deemed it necessary to update the Gecko. Here are some of its changes:
Shaved-off weight. This approach shoe is lighter than its former self by around 60 g, allowing for swifter strides on ascents.
Moisture protection. Its abrasion-resistant upper now comes built with water-repellent suede leather, which will keep your tootsies dry in drizzly rainfall.
Improved eyelets. To extend the lifespan of the shoe’s lacing system, Scarpa engineers reinforced most of its eyelets with buffed plating.
Budget-friendliness. The new and improved Scarpa Gecko is more affordable this time around, selling for $25 to $30 less than its old self. (Check out our inexpensive bunch for more budget-friendly approach kicks.)
What you might not know about the Gecko
Uncovering what the Gecko can do is as easy as a few clicks away. That said, it is even more rewarding to discover some of the shoe’s nuances. Check them out below.
- Its OrthoLite footbed is engineered to fight off stink—a big plus for sweaty feet.
- The Gecko’s tongue is mostly made of mesh, giving travelers sufficient breathability with each step.
- Scarpa shoemakers built the Gecko with as minimal environmental impact as possible.