Scarpa Rapid Review Facts
Scarpa combined the silhouette of a running shoe with the performance of a hiking shoe to make the hybrid Rapid approach shoe. The outsole is durable and grippy enough to ensure a solid underfoot experience over a variety of trail terrains while the upper is supportive enough to prevent injury if those trails get a little too dicey. The EVA midsole delivers excellent cushioned support and provides an adequate amount of shock absorbency so you can feel confident on the trail. The lightweight and versatile design of these approach shoes give them a leg up in the hiking shoe department. Although these may not the most breathable or overly-flexible shoes on the market, they do deliver the right amount of support and grip that you would want while traversing the trails.
The outsole of this versatile trail shoe is made up of durable High Dynamic Rubber
, or HDR. Dynamic rubber is designed to flex and move with you while you walk or run, all while being durable and grippy. This particular kind of HDR is actually called Speed Lite HDR so it is also lightweight so it does not weigh down the shoe. Throughout most of the outsole, you will find triangular-shaped lugs that slightly protrude from the shoe but are not overly-aggressive. These lugs will help you grip the ground and move over uneven terrain easily. The heel portion of the outsole features slightly longer treads and will allow you to ascend and descend without slipping.
The midsole of the Scarpa Rapid approach shoe is made of EVA-CM material. This EVA foam is designed to deliver great shock absorbency and help your foot stay supported and cushioned from harsh underfoot environments. Because this is a hybrid shoe that is meant to be worn on the trail, this EVA foam
is important to protect your foot from injury. When you apply pressure on the EVA-CM midsole it will absorb the shock and release it back out for response and protection. This shoe is built on a TRV last which also aids in shock absorbency and protection.
Since this shoe is designed to tackle the trails, the upper is engineered using recycled polyester mesh and 1.8mm suede materials. The mesh will help aid in breathability while the suede will offer supportive protection and durability. The midfoot and ankle collars feature the mesh material which will hug your foot in a lightweight yet supportive
fashion. The suede found on the forefoot and bottom of the upper between the mesh and midsole will allow the shoe to maintain its shape and structural integrity. The heel of this hybrid sneaker is unique in that it features a packable heel design. This heel is collapsible and allows for easy on and off. The top of the heel features a convertible clip loop for added ease if you needed to clip these shoes to something on your pack. The eyelets are reinforced and run up to the ankle where you can use the optional top eyelets for more stabilizing support against your ankles. The insole is made up of a cushy EVA foam for additional support and underfoot comfort. The toe portion of the upper features a rubber toe rand for added comfort and protection as you travel on the trail.
Because these shoes are not meant to deliver a fast-paced
underfoot running experience but are built more for the trail, they are a little heavier than the typical running shoe. A men’s European size 37 weighs in around 11 ounces. This may be due to the thick outsole and the heavier upper materials used in its makeup.
This hybrid trail shoe
is built to deliver support and comfort while traversing the trail so it has more supportive material in its upper than a highly-breathable running shoe. The mesh materials utilized in the upper deliver a decent amount of breathability to the midfoot but much of the upper features a lightweight suede material that is not incredibly breathable. The toe box is primarily suede just like a hiking shoe so this is the least breathable area of the shoe. The midfoot and heel portions of the Scarpa Rapid are the more breathable areas.
The overall consensus of this shoe’s comfort is that it delivers running shoe comfort in a more supportive approach shoe style. The EVA midsole and insole provide just the right amount of underfoot cushioning and help your feet to feel safe from underfoot discomfort. The upper features a padded heel collar
and low top design which is comfortable enough with adequate support. The forefoot area has a wider toe box which is ideal for hiking and for those with wider feet and helps prevent your foot from feeling cramped on the descent.
The Scarpa Rapid features a subtle enough design style that it can be worn as a casual shoe after your day on the trail without looking too rugged. The colorways offered are mainly monochromatic
and subtle with a pop of color here and there. The low-top silhouette of these approach shoes gives them a running-shoe design with the support of an approach shoe. The bulk of consumers who tried out the Rapid were pleased with how great these shoes look on foot.
The outsole of this hybrid approach shoe features a lug system made of High Dynamic Rubber which is engineered to be long-lasting. This flexible strong rubber will help the sneaker to travel over hundreds of trail miles easily. The upper is made of a mesh material with a number of suede overlays to help the shoe to maintain its shape over time. This suede will help the sneaker to endure all sorts of trail running and hiking environments. The rubber toe rand
found at the front of the sneaker will protect the shoe from damage as well as protect your toes. It should be noted that one particular user said that they saw wear over the front and heel portions of the outsole first, but that was after lots of use. They also said that they felt the shoe still had lots of life left in it.
When hiking through the great outdoors, you definitely need a shoe that is going to offer a decent level of protection. The Scarpa Rapid is an excellent hybrid approach shoe that will help to carry you safely through lots of different terrains. The HDR outsole will grip the ground and help protect you from slipping while scaling up and down rock faces. The heel grip will help to protect your heel from sliding while the EVA insole delivers great additional underfoot protection
against sharp rocks. The rubber toe rand at the front of the shoe will protect your toes from injury while the suede upper will protect your foot from harsh environmental environments.
The Scarpa Rapid lightweight approach shoe is not engineered to deliver an exceptionally responsive experience. With that said, the EVA-CM material used in the midsole will help to absorb shock and carry you over uneven terrain with some response. There is not a large amount of foam
in the midsole so you won’t feel a ton of cushion but you will feel just the right amount to protect your feet from harsh underfoot environments. The HDR outsole will grip the ground and flex with you as you move, responding to the bend of your foot.
The Scarpa Rapid offers a good amount of support considering the fact that they are low-top approach shoes. One reviewer said that these shoes deliver a surprising amount of lateral support across their heel which will help to prevent heel-rolling. The upper also tightens well around the ankle for additional support. The Scarpa Rapid provides arch support and has a wider toe box
which will allow your feet to spread and will deliver adequate support from when you are going downhill.
These shoes are hybrid approach shoes meaning that they feature a running shoe-inspired silhouette with the support and performance of a trail shoe. The HDR lug system on the bottom of the shoe is not overly-aggressive but it is heavy-duty
enough to carry you over uneven trail terrain. The multi-directional lugs are designed to help you scale rocks and descend without slipping. They may not be great for highly technical terrain but will work well on mild to moderate trails.
These approach shoes can currently be purchased for around $120. This is a fair price for a shoe that will deliver adequate support and performance on the trail.
The High Dynamic Rubber tread that is found on this shoe’s outsole will supply a great amount of traction while you are trekking through mild to moderate terrains. Thanks to the multi-directional lug design system, they will prevent you from slipping
and sliding while on the trail. The rubber outsole is also grippy enough to wear in wet conditions but you should always proceed with extra amounts of caution when traipsing through muddy or slick conditions.
Because the Scarpa Rapid is a hybrid approach shoe and is a combination of a trail-runner and a hiking shoe, they are not the most flexible shoes out there. With that said, Scarpa used High Dynamic Rubber on the outsole which is engineered to bend and flex with your foot as you hike through uneven terrains. This means that the outsole is fairly flexible considering the kind of shoe that it is. The midsole is not overly-cushioned
but is relatively firm while the upper is made of a combination of mesh and suede making the upper portion of the shoe only relatively flexible. This is not necessarily a bad thing since you will need to be more concerned with support as opposed to flexibility while out on the trail.
The heavy-duty rubber outsole and firmer midsole materials combine together to provide a stable platform for your foot so you will feel sure-footed while traversing the trail. The EVA midsole will deliver cushioning as well as shock absorbency and help to keep your foot stabilized. The packable heel and securely-fitting upper work together to supply stability to your midfoot and will lock your heel in place.
These approach shoes feature a neutral drop which will help protect your feet from too much harsh ground feel and deliver a decent amount of cushioning comfort. The heel stack is slightly higher than the forefoot and will absorb shock on impact.
- Protective rubber toe rand will prevent your toes from becoming injured and will help the shoe to maintain its durability
- High Dynamic Rubber outsole is protective, durable, and is able to bend and flex with your foot as you move through uneven trail terrain
- EVA plate insole delivers underfoot comfort and support while protecting against sharp trail environments
- The collapsible heel is a packable design and includes a convertible clip loop
The Scarpa Rapid is a great hybrid approach shoe that proves to be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and comfortable. Some users were concerned with the low-top design because they thought it would not provide adequate ankle support but were pleasantly surprised to see that the shoe delivered just the opposite. The outsole is both grippy and semi-flexible and has been proven to be pretty durable. These shoes provide a good amount of traction while scrambling up and down rocks and enough cushion within the foot chamber to keep you comfortable and supported. Aside from all this, as far as aesthetics go, these shoes also serve as great-looking footwear on and off the trail. For the price, they are a great option to consider if you plan on hitting the trails.