Who should buy the Scarpa Helix

With the advantages the Scarpa Helix has to offer, this is one rock shoe that climbers would want to add to their arsenal. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that offers performance and all-day comfort to beginners and intermediate climbers.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that suits the needs of newbies and intermediate climbers alike.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is designed for use in both indoor and outdoor environments.

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Excellent surface traction

Thanks to a 3.5-mm thick outsole called Vibram XS Edge, the Helix can stick to almost all types of surfaces.

Scarpa Helix outsole


This Vibram compound is developed to be resistant against plastic deformation, making it extra durable. 

Scarpa Helix midsole

Flexible cushioning

The Scarpa men’s and women’s Helix carry a 1.9 mm and 1.4 mm Flexan midsole, respectively. This unit is incorporated to distribute pressure across the foot evenly. It also gives a decent amount of flexibility, enhancing the climber’s performance.

Scarpa Helix midsole 2

Provides protection against abrasion and rough rock surfaces

Scarpa Helix’s upper is made of 1.8 mm suede leather. The exterior base of this durable material is reinforced with rubber to enhance its protection against abrasion and rough rock surfaces. Its padded tongue and supple partial heel lining, which is made of chamois, heighten comfort. 

Scarpa Helix upper

Scarpa Helix upper 3

Easy to wear

The asymmetric closure system uses a hardwearing lace that passes through seven pairs of punched eyelets. Lastly, the dual tabs at the back of the shoe facilitate convenient donning and doffing.

Scarpa Helix loop

Frequently asked questions

What should be done when recently purchased Scarpa Helix climbing shoes have factory defects?

According to Scarpa, if there is a problem with the product, buyers can return the package using the free return shipping label included in the package. Fill out the form and include it in the box of the item to be returned. This process, however, should be done within 60 days from the purchase date as long as it is in new, unused condition.

How long does the Scarpa men’s and women’s Helix last?

The longevity of Scarpa Helix is affected by usage and climbing condition, to mention a few. As such, taking good care of it is essential in extending its lifespan. Here are some care tips that can help prolong the usefulness of Scarpa shoes, including the Helix.

  • It is okay to wash Scarpa rock climbing shoes. Do this by using a soft-bristled brush with some light detergent in room-temperature water. Ensure that they are rinsed thoroughly to remove any soap residue. 
  • Dry them in the shade. It is not advisable to put them under direct sunlight. Doing so will soften the rubber and may cause delamination. Additionally, do not leave them in the car. 
  • Be cautious in deciding when to resole the rock shoes. Waiting too long to have them resoled may cost more because of the extent of the damage.

Nice to know

-Individuals who are looking for other lace-up, beginner-friendly options may also check out climbing shoes from La Sportiva and Black Diamond.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 215g / Women 200g
Technology: Leather
Construction: Board lasted
Closure: Lace-up
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Neutral
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.