Who should buy the Scarpa Rapid

The Scarpa Rapid gives its class (approach shoes) great prominence thanks to its set of hike-worthy qualities. It is a solid option if you prefer an approach shoe that:

  • can serve as a dedicated hiking shoe
  • is lighter than average and is perfect for speed and agility
  • remains grippy over treacherous terrain

Scarpa Rapid Logo

Who should NOT buy the shoe

People with wider feet are likely to find the Rapid too tight. On the bright side, ladies can opt for the men's version (be sure to go 1.5 US size smaller than your women's size).

Megagrip outsole lives up to its name

With the Megagrip outsole, this approach hiker from Scarpa offers enough sticking power on various types of outdoor surfaces. As it has multi-directional lugs and triangular grooves, wearers can navigate more slippery parts of the route with enhanced slip and skid resistance. Here is what the athletes say about the grip aspect of this Scarpa shoe:

  • "traction is good enough for 99% of what you need it for"
  • "the anti-slip feature of a mountain shoe"

This hardwearing rubber component also provides additional bump protection outside surface traction. At the same time, the lugs aren't too toothy which allows you to wear them on the pavement as well.

Scarpa Rapid outsole

Shock-absorbent heel

The Scarpa Rapid grants sufficient underfoot protection and stability with its molded midsole made of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate). Its tapered construction gives the shoe a shock-absorbent heel and a svelte overall profile.

Scarpa Rapid Midsole

The shoe comes with a removable Ortholite footbed. Its presence doubles down on comfort underfoot. It also controls odor buildup, thereby preventing stink.

Scarpa Rapid Midsole 1.0

Additional toe protection

The Rapid's low-cut upper is a combination of polyurethane, mesh, and micro nubuck. It comes with a hardy toe bumper for additional bump protection. This reinforced section also gives hikers extra adhesion for some light smearing.

Scarpa Rapid Toe protection

Scarpa Rapid is unbelievably lightweight

"Weight of a running shoe, protection of a hiking shoe," this is how one of the reviewers describes the Rapid. At 10.4 oz (295 g), it is almost 100 g lighter than approach shoes on average (13.8 oz / 390 g).

Glove-like fit but not for wide feet

People with narrow-to-average feet extensively praise the fit of this Scarpa shoe. "Probably the best-fitting shoes I've ever owned," says one of them.

However, the fit ended up way too tight for those with wider feet or bunions due to the "strongly defined toe box." As a result, their toes felt squished. Even with the laces loosened, the Rapid still felt too tight for them.

Scarpa Rapid toebox

Heavy-duty closure system

The hiker’s closure system features lace holes that are a combination of plated eyelets and fabric loops. Its flat lace is made of heavy-duty synthetic material. Wearers also appreciated the extra pair of eyelets at the ankle line, which allows for a snugger collar fit.

Scarpa Rapid Closure system

Unmatched durability of the Scarpa Rapid

The quality and craftsmanship of the shoe have been highly praised by the reviewers. As one of them says, "Italians have shoe-making dialed in." Also, someone who is hard on shoes claims that the Rapid holds up really well.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 295g / Women 250g
Features: Breathable / Lightweight / Heel brake
Technology: Ortholite, Vibram
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber sole, Synthetic, Fabric/Textile, Vegan
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Scarpa
SKUs: 33355350 / 33355352

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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.