New Brighter Shoes From Scarpa

Colourful Scarpa Mojito uses exclusive Vibram Spyder sole to give mix of fashion and function.


Posted: 24 April 2013
by Jon

New for the UK this spring, bright colours, suede uppers and a Vibram Spyder sole unit are reckoned to make the Scarpa Mojito useable both on and off road.

New to the UK this spring, the Scarpa Mojito is a brightly-coloured range of approach shoes which features a sole unit exclusively engineered by Vibram to give grip on the trail as well as in those exacting urban fashion situations.

City And Trail?

No-one's pretending that the Mojito is the most out and out technical shoe, it's under the 'lifestyle' section on the Scarpa UK web site after all and it comes in a choice of vividly-coloured suede uppers that should be street friendly, but both Scarpa and Vibram are keen to stress that beneath the styling, it's still a capable outdoor shoe which can be used both for off-road trails and as an approach shoe for the crag.

Vibram Underneath

There's a tough toe bumper for added durability up front, but the really important technology is underfoot where hte Mojito and its Gore-Tex-lined GTX stablemate, use an exclusive Spyder sole unit which was designed by Scarpa and manfuctured by Vibram and first seen on the popular, but discontinued Zen approach shoe.

It has what Scarpa calls a 'differential design' with ‘bee’s nest’, hexagonal suction pads in the centre of the sole surrounded by a lugged area featuring 'braking zones at the heel and across the centre' for all-round grip on off-road surfaces. Finally there's a smooth, 'climbing zone' portion at the toe of the shoe designed to maximise grip if you do take them onto easy rock routes and scrambles.

Finally, there's ample cushioning for walking on harder surfaces thanks to a low-density, EVA heel wedge coupled with a stiffer, high-density, twist-resistant EVA mid-sole.

Bright Or Sombre - You Choose

The Mojito and Mojito GTX are available in both men's and women's versions in both startlingly bright colours - greens, reds and the plum pictured - but also in slightly more muted shades of brown and, in the case of the men's Mojito GTX, a very sombre 'charcoal' shade of grey.

We kind of like the brighter options, they look like summer. The standard, unlined Mojito retails for £99.99 while the addition of a Gore-Tex membrane ups the ante to £124.99. More details at www.scarpa.co.uk.


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