Scarpa Vapor V XS Edge Climbing Shoe

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Scarpa Vapor V XS Edge Climbing Shoe and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 91 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.6 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 89

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • The fit is similar to the previous model, but the feel is softer and provides more flexibility.
  • An ideal everyday climbing shoe, meant for use on a variety of routes.
  • The downturn and asymmetric last is great for precision.
  • Fits wide feet comfortably.
  • Durable, comfortable, and precise.
  • The sole is more sensitive than previous models, so it is easier to feel the ground beneath you.
  • The extra rubber on the toe and heel aid in toe/heel-hooking.
  • Features 2 Velcro straps for a snug fit and adjustability.

Expert Reviews

  • The downturned shape straightens out once you stand on an edge, and the tension helps direct the power through your toe for a supportive hold and stance.
  • The bi-tension rand runs under the toes and along the sides, providing tightness.
  • The air-mesh tongue fits to your foot for a comfortable fit.
  • The heel is comfortable, due to not feeling like it is being pushed into the ankle.
  • Very versatile, acting as both a beginner shoe and suited for more technical terrain.
  • The shoe can get into small finger cracks.
  • Great for longer climbing days.
  • The back of the heel has ridges for heel-hooking.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • The heel may feel too big for heel-hooking comfortably.

Expert Reviews

  • Does not make the user feel as secure on dime edges.
  • Not the best choice for solely crack-climbing.
  • Somewhat expensive for a beginner shoe.


The Scarpa Vapor V XS Edge Climbing Shoe focuses on comfort, technique, and durability. The versatility this shoe provides makes it great for sport climbing and multi-pitch routes.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.