Lace up the Scarpa Crux approach shoes and make the hike to the day's objective. Doing a moderate climb? Don't bother switching into rock shoes. The Crux can handle scrambling and light climbing.
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Rated5out of5byredinnolafromGreat shoe.I've had these shoes since they came out, sometime in early 2012, 2+ years. I've been all over the US in them. Hiking, biking, whatever. I took them to Ecuador for my approach and camp shoes for a Cotopaxi summit trip, also used them on acclimatization hikes. These are NOT climbing shoes, they are approach shoes and great everyday shoes. All these reviews about the shoe failing after "5 days" of climbing. Yeah, no kidding, they aren't built for that, which is why Scarpa makes climbing shoes. Before you buy a product make sure it suits your purpose, and if you choose to ignore its intended use don't get upset when you trash the product prematurely.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated4out of5byBob is a poserfromGreat for just walking around or whatever you needFor starters, I don't use these as "approach" shoes. I don't climb. I walk around the city in them and occasionally use them for hiking in the woods. Very comfortable. Good traction. They seem to wear pretty quickly--but I wear mine a lot so maybe that's to be expected. I actually own two pairs of these because I liked the first pair so much. One like this in green and another in orange/red. I think the canvas one breathes a little better. Fit seems very true to size.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated1out of5bySasquash climberfromhorribly madeI love scarpa products usually but I dont know what they were thinking when they made this shoe. They perform great and are comfortable when you get them. Problem is that they wear out after about a month.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated5out of5byRyanfromDurable Upper, Sticky SolesAfter using this shoe extensively over the past month, including long days doing Sierra solos and traverses, I can say that it is hands down the best "approach shoe" I have ever used for long days. For cragging or light scrambling, I might recommend the Evolv Cruzer...but for one shoe that can handle anything you can throw at it, the Scarpa Crux is it. The only thing the shoe does not do fantastically is edging (unless you size then tight, which makes long hikes excruciating); but I have yet to see an approach shoe that does. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated3out of5byjohnthemountainmansam24fromOK approach shoeAn OK approach shoe. Has a really simple design that works well for hiking and light climbing. The sole design is actually pretty good but the rubber just isn't sticky enough to be a truly GREAT approach shoe. Durability doesn't seem awesome either. I do appreciate the fit, which is narrower in volume than Five Ten's but probably would go with Guide Tennies or Camp4 shoes again in the future. With stickier rubber this would be a great approach shoe.
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated3out of5byWilbsfromQuestionable qualityI've been walking and hiking around in these shoes for about 7 months now. Overall they are decent shoes that lose points due to some iffy workmanship.
Pros: I originally bought these shoes for approaches at the NRG and the miserable cold, icy winters in Ohio. Soles grip exceptionally well and the shoe offers a solid if somewhat soft platform. Another user noted the water resistance. After plunging one foot through the ice I can say that these shoes definitely resist water well. Finally, I have somewhat wide feet and most Scarpa shoes fit my toebox well. These are no exception and there are no hotspots.
Cons: In all of my Scarpa shoes (Crux, Vapor) I've noticed some minor quality/durability issues. With the Crux shoe the metal eyelets (grommets?) for the top lace have come out. This is an easy fix with glue, but really shouldn't be an issue in the first place. Also, the soles are softer than I expected for an approach shoe. Not a dealbreaker but certainly not ideal.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated1out of5bySourCitrusfromAlmost greatI got these shoes to replace a similar pair by another manufacturer that I had mixed satisfaction with. Initially, these shoes impressed. They're much more comfortable, lighter, less expensive, and maybe even better looking. ...but disappointingly, they sure aren't holding up at all.
Just behind the rand is a strip of darker suede leather. It looks like a reinforcement, but I can tear it with my fingernails. You can imagine what happens when you try climbing with these shoes. I have holes in both shoes on the sides just behind the rand. The only thing behind the holes in the suede is the textile liner.
The first tear happened on the second day I wore these. I thought maybe I inadvertently struck something sharp. A few days later another hole appeared on the opposite side of the other shoe. Suspicious now, I picked at the suede and easily made a third hole with only my finger.
It's quite possible that the particular piece of leather used to make this part of these shoes is simply bad. The rest of the shoe seems to be well made and is holding up very well, but I've only had them a few weeks. I'll be returning them shortly, as I have a strong preference for shoes without holes. It's too bad, because I really liked these otherwise.
Date published: 2013-04-18
Rated4out of5bydscottfromPretty GoodI use these shoes mostly when I'm bushwhacking in the Cascades and expect to have to do some 4th to low 5th class scrambling. As for performance on rock, they're not bad. The lacing system provides good adjustability, so I can loosen them for hiking, then cinch them up nice and tight to get a bit of an edge. They excel on wet/mossy rock. My five ten canyoneers (my "other" approach boot) do not do quite as well as these on those high grade metamorphic or fine grained volcanic rocks that can get extremely smooth in a stream.
The uppers will soak up water like a sponge. I'm applying some nikwax to them right now to hopefully mitigate this, as they take a long time to dry which can be very annoying. However, the low "transmissivity" of the upper and its natural insulation do have some benefits: a pair of these and some heavyweight wool socks keeps my feet as warm as a pair of canyoneering boots and 5mm neoprene, so they do work well for hiking up/surveying streams, even during the spring snowmelt when the water is nice and cold.
As for the lacing, I hate the webbing parts, but it looks like I'll be able to punch a hole in the leather when those wear out (already getting close after a few months). The eyelets at the top are poor quality, and will pop out. I plan to replace mine with some thin steel tubing (just peened over with a rivet die). Should be an easy fix, but shouldn't be necessary in the first place.
I've had these for a few months now, and taken them in very rough conditions (almost always wet, rough granite, thick brush). The uppers show little signs of wear (except for the eyelets), and the sole is more durable than I would have expected.
Also, as a side note, these are very comfortable driving shoes, especially on long trips.
Date published: 2013-04-10
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