Scarpa Furia S
The Maserati of the Scarpa line!
As a longtime Scarpa Furia fan—I’ve purchased four pairs and had several resoles—for sport climbing and bouldering, I was naturally curious about the introduction of the Furia S, which the company touts as a “slightly softer design for an ultra-sensitive feel.”
While the midsole-less Furia features a thin, 3.5mm outsole (Vibram XS Grip rubber) and an aggressively downturned shape, the Furia S shares those characteristics but adds a 1.0mm Flexan midsole. Though the midsole might sound like a stiffening element, the big-toe area is “floating,” i.e. the midsole material is absent there, and the shoe felt extremely sensitive in this powerful area.
The single z-shaped Velcro strap system locked in the fit fairly well, but I wasn’t able to secure it as tightly as with the Furia’s double-strap closures, and experienced a slight amount of “bagging” in the instep/mid-foot area. (My foot shape is medium width and volume, with a high-instep and arch.)
The Furia S also slathers on plenty of rubber around most of the shoe, noticeably in the forefoot, which made for excellent toe and heel hooking/scumming. Overall, the Furia S feels more sensitive than the Furia and worked great for overhanging rock and plastic. For edging, the Furia offers more power and precision.
So, if you’re looking for a high-end sport shoe (the lighter and more minimalist they get, the more they cost, right?), the Furia S— the Maserati of the Scarpa line—is worth a look.
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