Scarpa aimed for comfort and support with the Force climbing shoe. It features plush padding, a flat, low-aggression last, and a spacious fit that almost asks for mid-calf socks to be worn. It is precise enough to function on moderate climbs, though. Scarpa's line of Force models had a durable design that harkens back to the sensibilities of the EB: flat, functional, and able to tackle the walk off in a pinch. Scarpa designed the Force with long cruisy days in the mountains in mind; you won't be sending that overhanging limestone project in them. While this model lacks the shape and sensitivity to push the grades, it excels on terrain that's a notch or two harder than what you'd want to take on in your approach shoes, without sacrificing much in the way of comfort. This shoe is minimal and durable, a solid beginner option for gym or outdoor use. Check out our review of the La Sportiva Tarantula for another great beginner shoe.
For 2017, the Force X was redesigned and renamed the Force V, pictured above. The updates are relatively minor, and we highlight how the new V differs from the older X below. It's also less expensive! We also changed our links to online retailers to direct to the more widely available Force V.