/ PRODUCT NEWS: The Scarpa Instinct Slipper...with VIDEO
he instant comfort is amazing, still getting incredible performance in any climbing situation.
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It's Italian, with an "a", and have you not noticed that the pound has dropped somewhat against the Euro in recent years? You can blame international money markets and British GDP to debt ratio before you blame some Italian shoe makers!
You need to swat up on your prices. Do a search for Five Ten, Scarpa, Sportiva, Evolv, Red Chili and the suggested retail prices. All top notch rock shoes
Also Scarpa are hand made in Italy.
It's not pretty showing your ignorance in public. Think before you run your lips.
What does hand made in Italy mean out of interest? I'm picturing little old men and women in a cottage outside Bolzano, but I'm sure that can't be right. And what's the advantage of them being 'hand made'? Are they better for it?
"Im picturing little old men and women in a cottage outside Bolzano"... ... yes nearly
All rock shoes are hand made.
If they weren't hand made you'd be able to get a reliable idea of fit and you could buy them ove the internet in confidence. It is all a conspiracy to get you to go into gear shops, which always leads to additional purchases.
If you want a proper fit, and most people do, the best place is a climbing shop.
There's no conspiracy.
I really must learn that sarcasm doesn't work on internet forums.
> I really must learn that sarcasm doesn't work on internet forums.
Yip. I always do a double bluff and take everything at face value. Works well for me.
Yeah, I suppose that is a whole £5 more than the 5.10 Teams and Anasazi whites......
Even better than Ninjas?
If you are only gazing at your navel I'm not surprised.
Is it similar to the the old Vortex? If so, I may HAVE to buy a pair. I hated the Stix (cos it was a rubbish shape for me) But my Old Vortex's were amazing (until they died in an unfortunate camp fire based accident)
Slippers are not exaclty cheap to make. Having chatted with a friend connected to Scarpa, he said the cost of manufacture of a slipper compare to a lace-up or velcro is pretty similar. The problem the manufacturer has is that public (i.e. tight arsed climbers) have the perception that slippers should be cheap.
(I've halfway through my second pair of Stix and have a third pair still boxed in the cupboard so I'm ok!)
Quite the reverse. They are intended to be softer, more indoor specific and more accessible to the masses (=more commercial) but Scarpa made no bones of the fact that the Instinct line wasn't expected to perform at the same level as the Mago/Booster/Stix.
Of course, the usual caveat applies that a shoe only performs as well as it suits your foot and climbing style. If you're a 'flap your foot around instinctively' sort of climber then the instincts probably will be better than the Stix on you.
I have a pair. Comfy right out the box. And performing well for me. Review soon.
So the Instinct slipper isn't a like for like improvemen replacement for the stix... or a lesser performing softer more comfier option?
Are you likely to be getting them in at cragx? and do you have an idea on price as I know you tend to have better prices compared to Outside etc.
I'm loathe to describe one shoe as performing less well than another but....
I suspect that it will come done to how soft and/or precise you like your shoes. In The Foundry or The Works, with big footholds the Insticnt will probably feel better to many, especially if they like soft shoes. At Dumbarton or Malham I'd expect the Booster/Mago to wim hands down.
We won't stock either Instict, at least initially. We'll stay with the Booster and will be getting the VapourV which is more along the lines of a Vision - all day performance rather than bite-your-bottom-lip-off performance.
The Five Ten Moccasym is one of my favourite rock shoes. I see the Scarpa Instinct slipper as similar but with far more support for edging, a snugger fit, and dare I say it, just as sticky.
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