Tired of renting shoes every time you want to get in a quick session at the gym? Replace this smelly old option with a pair of Women’s Scarpa Helix climbing shoes. This Italian company has been around for ages and specializes in performance footwear in the mountains. In my opinion, they have made the perfect shoe for climbers. Whether you’re bouldering inside at the new climbing gym in town or are heading down to hit the First Flatiron, the Helix is sure to withstand the beating.
The first thing you notice when you’re sliding them on are the duel pull tabs. For anyone who has donned this type of shoe before, cramming your feet in is the hardest part. The Scarpa Helix helps alleviate this by providing two points to hold while you slip your foot in. Once you’re in, the heel cup provides extra support without being too rigid. It is fully wrapped in rubber as well, which helps prevent the heel separating from the sole (which is a nice, sticky, Vibram sole by the way).
When you’re lacing up, you’ll notice that they extend significantly further down toward the toes than a traditional sneaker. This further enhances the fit of the shoe so users can dial it in to their own preference. Don’t worry about pulling them too tight—the padded tongue will block the shoestrings from digging into the top of your foot. Now that you’re all laced up with toes purposely a bit cramped, it’s time to get your climb on!
There is about a week before our next chance for rain so it’s time to get out and enjoy the brisk, sunny temps. Carry these lightweight shoes with ease up to Blob Rock for your day off or maybe get a bouldering session in at the gym before work. Either way these shoes are worth adding to your on-the-go bag wherever you’re headed.
The Women’s Helix climbing shoe by Scarpa is available at Ski Haus for $99.00 in Mandarin Red. They come in European sizes 36 through 43.