Scarpa Instinct VS Climbing Shoe

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The Scarpa Instinct VS is the performance all-rounder of the prolific Instinct family. The Instinct VS features an ultra-precise and sensitive design, the type ... Show more >
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Scarpa Instinct VS Climbing Shoe

The Scarpa Instinct VS is the performance all-rounder of the prolific Instinct family. The Instinct VS features an ultra-precise and sensitive design, the type usually found on high-performance bouldering shoes, that allows for responsive feedback on rock with nigh-invisible footholds, but it's combined with a stiffening Flexan midsole, a precision Bi-Tension rand, and hard Vibram XS Edge rubber compound that bring it back to the performance realm of the vertical and technical edging variety. Even though it is aggressive and downturned, and with features for technical manoeuvres, the Instinct VS has been praised by climbers who express an ability to hold an edge unfounded in slipper style climbing shoes. This is all down to the innovative randing systems used by Scarpa, with the Instinct VS featuring the Bi-Tension rand that drives power through the big toe without painfully cramming the toes forward. The result is driving force without pain, discomfort, and instability.

An all-rounder with a particular focus on power and precision, the Instinct VS has been designed for effortlessly transitioning between technical faces and steep overhangs, high-end trad routes and performance boulders, all with instinctive ease. Designed for the do-it-all climber who works every style. When fitting the Instinct VS, bear in mind that the upper is synthetic, so whilst the shoe will break-in and feel more comfortable after a few uses, it will not stretch at all. This gives you a long-lasting performance fit that will never change, so it performs the same from its first day to its last.

Tech specs

Upper material
Closure type
Sizing and fit
Wide Foot
Orange / Black
High Asymmetry
Sole material
Vibram XS Edge
Sole thickness
Moderate Downturn


Instinct VS Climbing Shoe

Vibram XS Edge™

Rubber compound built for maximum performance on micro holds and extreme edging. This formula uses an improved plastic deformation resistance that ensures the utmost stability, rigidity, and support on footholds in hot or cold weather, as well as generally increasing durability.

Instinct VS Climbing Shoe

Bi-Tension Rand™

A rand that that pulls power from the toes to achieve performance with less tension and less painful toe cramming. The Bi-Tension Rand also reduces the amount of rubber needed under the toes, which means a lower weight and a higher sensitivity.

Instinct VS Climbing Shoe

Full Features List

• Specialised toe patch is made from softer rubber for high-friction toe-hooking
• Lorica® upper allows for zero stretch, maintaining the same performance-fit forever
• Floating velcro strap secures the fit without affecting suppleness

13 product reviews

Average rating

Instinct VS Climbing Shoe
Based on 56 ratings
Great for edging, heels and comfy fit

I got this shoe after owning a few pairs of Katanas (lace and Velcro) and a pair of the Instinct VSR. I was really looking for the fit of a lace up shoe with the convenience of Velcro and the edging and heel of the katana. The fit of the Instincts is superb, like the shoe has been shrink wrapped onto my foot. Great for edging and I found the extra support means my feet don't ache as much compared to wearing the VSR's. Initially I was worried that the rubber would lack grip compared to the VSR but I have found it to be very grippy and trustworthy on volumes or sloping footholds. I would definitely buy again as I've found them to be comfy and perform well, plus easy to get on and off quickly.

surprisingly sticky

I used to have a Miura VS (which has the same Xs edge rubber) and the Miura VS did not feel precise enough. However the Instinct VS feels a lot more sticky as the shoe itself is not as rigid as the Miura VS.

great shoes

Brilliant shoes, really precise to place and pretty comfortable to wear once they are worn in

Great pair of shoes

I bought this shoe 1.5 shoe sizes down from 41 to 39.5 since i like snuggy fit for high performance. It is advertised for wide feet but i am on the narrow side and they fit like glove.

-Amazing edging
-Amazing fit (best so far)
-great heel hook
-hard sole (x-edge) that supports the feet and wears slow. Also great for slab climbing.

-Not the best smearing (expected)
-Cant be worn for prolonged time
-Sensitive toe patch
-Hard sole(x-edge) doesnt have the stickiness of a softer sole (eg., like in my testarossa)

All in all a great technical shoe!

Excellent Climbing Shoes

Excellent climbing shoes. Resistant and easy to wear. You can really trust this shoes. I broke my toe few months back while I was wearing a different pair of shoes, and now I am back. When wearing my old shoes I don't feel safe, I bought the Scarpa VS and my toe is really comfortable in it, it doesn't hurt and I can trust to use the tip of my feet for a better climbing.
I would highly recommend to a friend.

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