The Scarpa Crux is a rough-and-tough, do-it-all workhorse of an approach shoe. This shoe is the one shoe that goes to Patagonia for a season of hiking, jugging, even some snow travel with crampons (Yes, you'll do it, but these are not waterproof, so we don't recommend it.) Headed to Yosemite? These shoes have the durability to survive a couple of big walls and climb well enough when you need to step out of your aiders and bust a few easy moves.
Scarpa Crux Review
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|Pros||Supportive, durable, very sticky rubber||Lightweight, comfortable, supportive, climb well||Awesome balance of hiking and climbing abilities, great support||Lightweight, very packable||Durable, great traction in dirt and mud, excellent value, workhorse approach shoe|
|Cons||Heavy||Synthetic uppers not as durable as leather||Relatively heavy and bulky||Floppy, not very supportive||Heavy and bulky, especially when carrying on your harness or in a pack|
|Bottom Line||A good all-round approach shoe, especially for folks with narrow feet.||These are the best approach shoes out there for the majority of climbers.||This model combines all-around performance with the ability to handle big loads and big walls.||These shoes are most suited to short, mellow approaches.||These durable shoes are well-equipped for miles of hiking and scrambling at a great price.|
|Rating Categories||Scarpa Crux||La Sportiva TX2||La Sportiva TX4||Arc'teryx Arakys||La Sportiva Boulder X|
|Climbing Ability (35%)|
|Hiking Comfort (25%)|
|Weight And Packability (20%)|
|Specs||Scarpa Crux||La Sportiva TX2||La Sportiva TX4||Arc'teryx Arakys||La Sportiva...|
|Outsole||Vibram vertical approach||Vibram Mega-Grip||Vibram Mega-Grip with Trail Bite heel||Vibram Light Approach||Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear dot pattern|
|Upper Material||Leather||Polyester mesh||Leather||PU coated ripstop nylon||Leather|
|Weight per pair (size 9.5)||27.2 oz||20.3 oz||26.2 oz||19.5 oz||32.8 oz|
|Mid Height Available?||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Lining Material||Recycled polyester||Non-slip mesh||Non-slip mesh||Synthetic||Mesh|
|Midsole||EVA||Mem-lex/C2 Combo Cord||Traverse injection MEMlex||Injected EVA||Micropore EVA|
|Sticky Rubber? Toe Rand?||Yes, Yes||Yes, Yes||Yes, Yes||Yes, Yes||Yes, Yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
For a medium-stiff shoe, the Crux climbs very well. Though it lacks the sensitivity of the thin-soled shoes, its rubber is stickier and more slab ready than many other options. This pair gave our testers more confidence than most other pairs in this review. Not the absolute best, but pretty darn close.
Don't expect any miracles; you're not wearing climbing shoes. What you can expect is plenty of support so you can toe into holds about an inch wide. Any smaller than that and your edging abilities are more subject to climbing skills than the shoes you're rocking.
Armed with Vibram Mega-Grip soles, our testers found these shoes deliver the stick icky when the approaches get slabby. We generally felt confident scrambling around on smooth Yosemite granite. Use your judgment when it comes to hiking on exposed slabs.
The durable leather/mesh (but mostly leather) uppers prevent these shoes from falling apart in cracks. If you're a proficient off-widther, you might even enjoy cruising the wide in these approach shoes.
While there are more comfortable hikers out there, the Crux balances climbing and hiking prowess well. If long-distance mega slogs are your cup of tea, we are more inclined to bring along a different pair. The Crux is one of the narrower shoes in our review and fits a touch small compared to La Sportiva and Five Ten.
These shoes have a medium-stiff midsole that offers the support we expect from a good hiking shoe. Their level of support makes them a strong choice for aid climbing or schlepping heavy loads.
Weight & Packability
A pair of size 9's weighs in at 27.2 ounces. These are not our favorite shoes to have to hang off our harness. We prefer something much lighter if we will be climbing with the shoes clipped to us. The Crux does feature a robust clip-in tab, so they will remain securely attached to your harness with a carabiner if you choose to do so.
The Crux isn't a sucker punch to the wallet, considering it's a well crafted, durable leather shoe, ready to withstand the use and abuse that accrues from hiking and more vertical endeavors. This pair offers solid value, especially when you consider that it will last longer than several other options out there. Its longevity combined with its well-roundedness push the value envelope.
The Scarpa Crux is a great all-rounder. If you want to save space in your crowded closet, they're a great choice, especially if you have a narrower foot. While it doesn't take home any awards, we highly recommend giving these kicks a try.
— Matt Bento