why haven't I heard about this shoe before?
Review by: caughtinside, 2008-02-21
So, I bought a pair of spectros from a climber I know, they didn't fit his feet. I have to say, the edging power of these shoes is nothing short of staggering. My previous favorite shoe had been the katana, but this just blows it away. They are super stiff under the big toe, but not cinderblock stiff like the old Newtons. The insane edging power of the shoe under the big toe is complemented by the fact that the forefoot is still flexible and can smear.
Also, these shoes are very well made. Everything about this shoe is tight and precise, no slop. I expect them to hold up well, you will notice the quality workmanship right away if you try them on.
My biggest complaint about these shoes, is that they are hard to find? I don't know of a single scarpa retailer in NorCal, and I don't like to buy shoes online unless I've bought that model that size before. Does BD still distribute Scarpa? and if so how come I can't find them anywhere??
Phillygoat's review is spot on. (except I have no testarossa experience to compare.)
EDIT: I came across a little more information on the spectro and Scarpa generally, and thought I would add to this review:
Scarpa was distributed by BD until around 3 yrs ago. The Italian based company stopped the distributorship when their prices+the BD handling fee were halting sales in the US. Scarpa North America formed in Colorado solving the distributorship issue and pricing became competitive again.
During the transition, there were a few changes at Scarpa. One of the real upsides was the hiring of Heinz Merriacher, the long time shoe designer from La Sportiva.
The Spectro is one of his first Scarpa-specific designs. It hails from a 'family' of shoes: the stix, booster/rockette and soon to be released ferroce. The powerful toe is the result of the TPS insert in the toebox. The thin toe power support maintains the shape of the toe and enriches powerful edging.