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Vapor vs Vapor V


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Lalp · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 35

Anyone tried both? How does the fit compare between the 2? Judging by pics there appears to be more downturn on the vapor (laces).

reboot · · . · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 125
Lalp wrote: Judging by pics there appears to be more downturn on the vapor (laces).
That's only because the angle of the 2 photos on Scarpa NA's website. From the same angle (bottom one from Scarpa's international site) the downturn look the same:




I've tried the lace in the store & it's not as downturned as the photos would suggest. In fact, I thought it'd make a good thin crack shoe like the Katana Lace if sized correctly (unlike the old orange version which had much higher toe box volume).
Nick Drake · · Newcastle, WA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 483

In the store the last felt completely the same. I imagine that the lace will be a much better edging platform once broken in with the full length sole. I can't say for sure though, ended up just getting another pair of Katana Laces on sale instead.

blakeherrington · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 1,040

Despite the photos, I think that the lace version is less stiff and less downturned (or certainly will not remain as downturned) compared to the velcro version. If sized correctly, I think the lace version is a good thin-crack shoe, similar to the Katana lace. These both feel like they have smaller/more secure heels than most SCARPA shoes.

I've got small heels, but big toes and high-volume feet, and I don't get as good of a fit on either of the updated Vapors as I did on the original orange model.

I think that by far the best technical edging/toeing shoe that SCARPA (or anyone) makes, is the Boostic.

Lalp · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 35

thanks for the info. i thought the newer vapors to be superior to the old in terms of fit and comfort myself.

Jon Rhoderick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 850

I was very impressed with my crack climbing sized Instinct laces when I went to the creek. They were jamming comfortably in smaller sized cracks and use face holds better than a mocc or mythos. Quite soft but that is largely a factor of the sizing. The original orange version I thought were similar to Miura laces, these are probably similar to those or Katanas.

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