For me however, probably the greatest feature of these shoes is the positioning of the Velcro straps that secure the show onto the foot: Much thought has gone into this and the strap nearest to the ankle is angled in such a way so as to really firmly clamp the shoe on the foot and keep the heel in place. In my experience this is the first shoe to really crack the problem of heel lift.
I fine addition that should be of interest to the intermediate to advanced climber.
The Mago †
Greg Chapman, General Manager at Rock and Run has also reviewed the Scarpa Booster. He said, "Being a dyed in the wool 5.10 Velcro fan it took some effort for me to actually get round to pulling these new Scarpa's on but when I did get round to it I was quietly impressed."
You can read Greg's Review here and view him actually testing the shoes in the video clip below.
You can view the Scarpa range of rock shoes at www.scarpa.co.uk
Craig Smith started climbing at Caley in 1979. After reading Physiology in Manchester, he climbed full time for several years, during which he made numerous hard for the day first ascents (Great Flake, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Conan the Librarian, Rumblefish, Let Them Eat Jelly Beans, to name but a few) and repeats, at home and abroad. He is a Royal Society Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Cell Physiology at the University of Manchester. Still as keen as ever and climbs as much as possible between injuries, births and DJ-ing. He is married to the Molly and they have two children. They live in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.