Who should buy the Scarpa Quantic

Dubbed by an expert as equal to Scarpa Boostic performance-wise but cheaper by $31, the Quantic revels in its well-rounded capabilities. Purchase it if:

  • Your go-to routes have more edge-type features, whether micro or fist-sized.
  • You've been looking for climbing shoes that will allow your toes to spread more naturally.
  • Rock climbing shoes that won't let your feet get soaked in sweat are what you're after.
  • You're searching for kicks lighter than 200 g per piece.

Who should not buy it

The Scarpa Instinct VSR is a fine alternative to the Quantic as it doesn't have any reported issues about pocketing. Also, you're better off with the Scarpa Instinct SR if you need a moderately downturned pair that breaks in quickly.

Scarpa Quantic: Scaler of edges (big or small)

Experts are very impressed with the Quantic's edging capabilities. The shoe "does an excellent job transferring power to small holds," says one of them. Another one paints it as "a really powerful edger on vertical climbs."

Comfort that lasts

Reviewers find the Quantic quite comfortable. A professional gear blogger among them even calls it a "comfortable option for cruising moderate multi-pitch classics."

Relaxed toes in the Quantic

Its roominess is one for the books. The Quantic "allows my foot to spread out naturally," says a pretty impressed footwear critic.

Not very pocket-friendly

According to a gear maven, the Scarpa Quantic struggles on slabby terrain with incut footholds, a.k.a. irregular pockets. He blames it on the shoe's lack of stiffness. That said, according to him, most soft climbing shoes aren't really the ideal ones to use on such projections.

Undeniably featherweight

Professional gear testers applaud the Scarpa Quantic's exceptional lightness (the men's version per shoe weighs only 190 g). One expert even said, "it takes less effort to swing my feet around" in the featured rock shoe. Also, to put things into perspective, the average weight of moderate climbing shoes is 230 g per kick.

Claw-like on overhangs

This shoe will give you "an edge in overhanging terrain," says an experienced climber-slash-blogger. Apparently, for the reviewer in question, the Quantic is a beast when it comes to toe hooking on overhangs.

Not the quickest break-in

There are those who say that the Quantic takes its sweet time to loosen up completely.

Scarpa Quantic equals super-airy climbs

Engineered with a mesh panel at the instep, the Scarpa Quantic has what it takes to keep your feet sweat-free and fresh for hours. A professional reviewer agrees, stating that he'd use it "anywhere in the summer."

A mighty adhesive heel

Its "healthy swath of sticky rubber on the heel" translates to remarkable tenacity on heel hooks, according to a footwear pundit.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 190g / Women 180g
Construction: Slip lasted, Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Fabric/Textile, Synthetic, Mesh, Vibram

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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.