Who should buy the Scarpa Gecko Air Flip

The Gecko Air Flip is yet another excellent Scarpa offering, all thanks to its collection of approach-worthy pros plus head-turning aesthetics. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that provides as agility and breathability as possible.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that delivers comfort, protection, and security underfoot.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that provides additional walking comfort, especially over level terrain.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip logo

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip notable features

  • The Gecko Air Flip is Scarpa’s love letter to approach adventurers who wish to earn both horizontal and vertical miles with as much agility and breathability as possible. It is designed to be packable, even more so than its equally breathable sibling—the Gecko Air, thanks to its extra flexible heel construction.
  • This hiker aims to deliver a combination of comfort, protection, and security underfoot with its highly durable sole unit, which is made up mainly of the shoe’s compression-molded midsole and Vibram outsole. This unified component has a moderate rocker at the toe for additional walking comfort, especially over level terrain.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip feat

Size and fit

Scarpa’s Gecko Air Flip is a low-top shoe designed primarily for male approach hikers. A bunch-free in-shoe experience, particularly around the user’s instep, is promised by its integrated tongue. Its sock-like construction, on the other hand, offers a more intimate fit. For lockdown security, Scarpa shoemakers gave it a ghillie-style lacing system.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip size

Excellent surface traction

Reptilia by Vibram is the name of the Gecko Air Flip’s outsole and the user’s main source of surface traction underfoot. 

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip outsole

Provides sufficient tenacity

It is based on Vibram’s Megagrip rubber compound, which has the capability to produce sufficient tenacity, whether the terrain is wet or dry.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip outsole 1

Provides slip resistance over soft-soiled surfaces

It comes dotted with hard-wearing lugs (also known as studs) for multi-directional slip resistance over soft-soiled surfaces. For extra grip on low-rise boulders, on the other hand, the outsole in question comes engineered with a climbing zone.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip midsole

Comfortable and stable cushioning

It comes dotted with hard-wearing lugs (also known as studs) for multi-directional slip resistance over soft-soiled surfaces. For extra grip on low-rise boulders, on the other hand, the outsole in question comes engineered with a climbing zone.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip midsole 1

Provides protection against outdoor hazards

When it comes to protecting the foot from virtually all sorts of outdoor hazards, hikers/climbers have the Gecko Air Flip’s knit-based upper to thank.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip upper

Easy to wear

Slipping in and out of its sock-like shell is a relatively quick affair with its pair of synthetic pull tabs. Its almost seamless construction is thanks to its gusseted tongue.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip loop

Ghillie lacing

Completing the Gecko Air Flip’s upper equation is the approach shoe’s ghillie lacing. It is made up of a soft-but-resilient synthetic lace and 5 pairs of long-wearing eyelets, none of which are plated.

Scarpa Gecko Air Flip laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 260g
Base model: Scarpa Gecko Air
Features: Breathable / Lightweight / Tongue Pull Loop
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.