While Winter OR typically has a winter / cold weather focus there’s always some warm weather gear to check out as well. This year it seemed that most companies had new or updated footwear on display. In no particular order here are the new shoes you can expect to find this fall just in time for the road-trip climbing season:
Scarpa Mescalito Approach Shoes:
Scarpa introduced the new Mescalito family of beefy approach shoes at OR this winter. This new line includes both a Mid-height Gore-Tex option that’s reminiscent of a light hiker as well as a regular shoe. Both feature swede uppers with a full perimeter TPU rand except at the toe where a short section of sticky climbing rubber is used. The Mescalito line also includes the innovative new Vibram LightBase Technology. This allows for a thinner and lighter outsole by removing rubber from between the lugs where it’s of no use. Climbing-friendly Vibram Megagrip rubber is utilized on the sole. The mid-sole features a dual density EVA foam for support. Designed for all-day approaches, easy climbing and scrambling this new line of shoes look to be versatile and durable. MSRP for the regular & Mid GTX options are $180 & $220 respectively.
Five Ten is expanding the popular Anasazi line with the new Anasazi Pro in both men’s (brown) and women’s (red) fits. This new addition to the line has taken the classic Anasazi design and tweaked it to make the shoe better suited to steep and technical climbing. These tweaks include a new Mi6 rubber patch on the toe, a bit more room in the heel with more heel tensioning, a new velcro closure system and a more breathable mesh tongue. They kept the same 4.2mm C4 Stealth rubber outsole and synthetic upper as the Anasazi VCS though the Pro’s upper isn’t lined. All-in-all this new addition to the Anasazi line makes this classic shoe just a bit more technical and aggressive.
Scarpa Mago Rock Shoe:
It looks like Scarpa’s bringing the Mago out of retirement. This popular lace-up shoe is purpose built for climbing tiny edges on steep and demanding routes. Features include a TPU underfoot insert, 3.5mm’s of Vibram XS Edge rubber and Scarpa’s V-Tension active rand. They also have a full-length outsole for support on thin and technical vertical rock. MSRP $190 USD.
The new Furia S will be replacing the popular Furia next fall. With a new single-pull Z-closure system, redesigned heel and a softer feel the new Furia is designed to fit like a glove while providing a delicate and sensitive touch. The aggressively downturned shoe has an IPR (Integral Power Rib) tensioned randing to provide support and power on steep and technical routes. With a heel designed for hooking this aggressive but soft shoe builds on the precision and sensitivity of the original Furia making it ideal for the bouldering and sport climbing crowd. MSRP $195 USD.
La Sportiva Futura & Skwama W’s:
La Sportiva will be launching Women specific versions of their popular Futura and Skwama shoes this fall. The shoes won’t be different from the Men’s versions in design but of course will feature the Women’s specific WPD 75 last instead of the PD 75. They will also come in different colors and sizing options (Women’s size 33-42 in half sizes). MSRP $185 USD for the Futura and $165 for the Skwama.