• Welcome to the Scarpa UK Blog

    Welcome to the Scarpa UK Blog

When purchasing climbing shoes, the challenge at the end of the day is understanding what climbing shoe will work most effectively for what type of climbing you do the most. I would make one major point here:

You will NEVER have a climbing shoe that will cover ALL bases

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Now you’ve got to grips with what you like, you may want to understand more about every facet of the shoe; from the rubber to the closure system to the material we use to make the shoe, it all plays a part in it’s overall performance. Understanding this in more detail is what in many ways separates the amateurs from the pros.

Read on to understand the true science, nay art, of climbing shoe design, laces and Velcro!

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Joining the SCARPA Ski team is Dougie Mill. Hailing from Dunfermline, Scotland but now living in the French Alps with his wife Lynn where he spends his time ski instructing and coaching others. In this introduction to the SCARPA team, find out more about Dougie and what it’s like to be a BASI Skiing instructor.

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You’ve been climbing 6 months to a year in your first pair of climbing shoes and you’re now considering taking the next step. Your new friends down the wall or at the crag are filling your head with so much information on climbing shoes; what to get, what to avoid, which rubber is best…

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In this 4 part blog series Robbie Phillips- SCARPA athlete, climbing coach, motivational speaker and all-round nice guy- shares his insights into choosing and getting the most out of your first pair of SCARPA climbing shoes…

SCARPA Rock Shoes: A Definitive Guide

One of the most highly debated topics of conversation at the crag or wall is the climbing shoe! These tight, rubberised footwear

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Scarpa Athlete Yann Genoux is a full-time route setter working across the world at some of the world’s biggest climbing comps.

This year he is setting at the IFSC Lead World Cup in July, is Chief setter for the British Lead Climbing Championships in October and setting at the Nordic lead climbing championships in November.

We got a slice of Yann’s time to discuss his role setting at these competitions and touch upon some of his outdoor exploits.


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Since joining Team Scarpa at the end of 2017. Amy Marwick has been putting the Gea RS through its paces in the Alps and in Scotland- making the most of our excellent winter!

Now after touring in the boots and tackling some steep descents, Amy gives us the rundown on the Gea RS in this review.


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In a follow up to his recent ‘Fingerboard 101’ article, athlete Ted Kingsnorth engages us with a full and detailed account and guide of that other training tool for climbers- The Campus board.

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We invest a lot of money in our footwear so it makes sense to look after them. In this guide, we detail the best practice for cleaning and reproofing your boots with advice direct from the Scarpa UK team. Improving your experience with our boots and helping prevent sending your boots into an early retirement.

Read on for all the information you’ll need to keep your boots in tip-top condition all year-round.


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The FIS Telemark World Cup was ongoing from December 2017 to culminate in Murren, Switzerland at the end of last month. Scarpa athlete, Jasmin Taylor, has had an awesome season finishing with 4 victories across all 3 disciplines, 14 podiums and 2 medals in the overall standings.

We had a chance to sit down with Jaz recently and reflect on the past telemark season and to see what the future holds for the 5 time British Telemark Skiing Champion.


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