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Scarpa Mojito Review

Price:  $145 List | $144.95 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Light, stylish, form-fitting
Cons:  Little midsole cushioning, poor foot support
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Weight per pair (size 12):  2lbs, 0oz
Upper Material:  Suede Leather
Lining Material:  Vellutina
Manufacturer:   Scarpa

Our Verdict

The Scarpa Mojito is a stylish, minimally cushioned approach shoe with the durability to withstand rocky abuse. While we wouldn't want to hike a long way or carry much of a load with these, they are comfortable and light for short trips to and from the crags on smooth terrain. That said, we think many climbers will want more foot support or better climbing ability from their approach shoes. Our award winners deliver the best do-everything performance, for example, our Editors' Choice winner Five Ten Guide Tennie delivers technical climbing ability but still hikes well.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Brandon Lampley

Last Updated:
Tuesday
March 31, 2015

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The minimally cushioned Scarpa Mojito earned better than average scores for weight and durability. Climbers carrying light loads for short distances find this shoe comfortable; however, you don't want to use it for long trips into the mountains. On the other hand, if you'll be relaxing at the sport crag, it's great.

Performance Comparison


Having some fun fooling around in the Happy Boulders. The lightweight Mojito is one of our favorite casual shoes.
Having some fun fooling around in the Happy Boulders. The lightweight Mojito is one of our favorite casual shoes.

Climbing Ability


The Mojito provides good performance on talus and slick slabs on the way to your destination and can handle a warm-up route or two before you get on your project.

Edging

This shoe would edge well if sized to fit tight, but the appeal of the Mojito is largely comfort and crossover casual use. For scrambling over talus on the way to the crags, it gets the job done.

Smearing

While this shoe's sticky Vibram Spyder sole sticks well on smooth rock, it is not a top performer for steep, technical climbing on slabs.

Crack Climbing

Crack climbing is the only spot where the Mojito cracked the top five performers. This is primarily due to the very low profile toe since there is little in the way of foot support for transferring twisting forces back to the midfoot.

A comfortable  minimally cushioned shoe  the Mojito is durable enough to handle rough rock and some warm-up laps.
A comfortable, minimally cushioned shoe, the Mojito is durable enough to handle rough rock and some warm-up laps.

Comfort


The Scarpa Mojito is a minimalist shoe with little midsole cushioning. Some folks quite like this; it keeps your foot close to the ground and paired up with a durable but supple suede leather upper, it provides a flexible, unrestrictive fit. The leather upper is known to stretch and mold to your foot over time and folks with both narrow and wide feet can achieve a comfortable fit. The leather tongue has a few little holes for air flow, but in summer you'll want to switch to your flip flops once you get to the crag.

Support


This is not a shoe most climbers will want to use for carrying heavy loads around. If you are a fan of Scarpa products and want a more supportive product, consider the big brother to this shoe, the Scarpa Zen.

Some folks might think this minimally cushioned shoe resembles a bowling shoe (it does!) others find the look stylish.
Some folks might think this minimally cushioned shoe resembles a bowling shoe (it does!) others find the look stylish.

Weight & Packability


The Mojito scored well in this metric. Our size 46 test model weighed in at 2 pounds even for the pair; it's the lightest shoe we tested that earned a good score for durability. The flexible upper smushes down right to the footbed when you want to stow these in a small climbing pack for multi-pitch routes.

Durability


Very durable considering its lightweight, this is an excellent shoe for folks that want to save a few ounces without sacrificing abrasion resistance. The suede leather upper has no exposed seams to come apart with wear, and while the toe rand is small, the unique raised edges of the Vibram Spyder sole protect the upper at the forefoot flex point.

Best Applications


This great-looking, casual approach shoe gets the job done for short approaches to the crags and boulders, and is light and durable. Want a light shoe for toting up multi-pitch routes that will stand up to rough abuse? The Mojito is a great choice.

More tiny pockets please! This Eastside bouldering area is about 100meters from the parking  a perfect scenario for the Mojito.
More tiny pockets please! This Eastside bouldering area is about 100meters from the parking, a perfect scenario for the Mojito.

Value


The Mojito is the most durable lightweight product we tested, but retailing at $145, we feel there are more well-rounded approach shoes.

Conclusion


The Scarpa Mojito is one of the best-selling approach shoes of all time. If you want a durable, casual looking shoe for short approaches to the crag or boulders, give it a whirl.

Brandon Lampley

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