Run Oregon is Kickin’ it in the SCARPA Spin trail shoes

If you spend any time out on the trails, you know that finding a good trail shoe is crucial to your success. Trails are hard enough to negotiate even with the best of intentions, and you don’t want to have to think about your shoes while you’re out there.

SCARPA, the Italian word for “shoe,” is also a family-owned business out of Italy, and they have been around for generations. This reputable brand of performance footwear offer shoes made for hiking, skiing, climbing, mountaineering, and trail running.

The new SCARPA Spin is considered the “Goldilocks” of the Alpine Running collection, and in this modern age of minimalism, they are meant to provide simplicity but also the support you need when you hit the trails. These shoes will offer you more cushion than SCARPA’s Atom model, but they are more lightweight that the Neutron.

There’s a 4m drop on these, and as soon as I put on the shoes, they felt great. The springy cushion is ideal for long distances out in the woods, but I was also impressed with how lightweight they felt considering they still offered so much support. There’s a high-density rock plate which really helps for underfoot protection and the Vibram outsole provides excellent traction.

The colors of the shoes are bright, which isn’t such a bad thing out on the trails, and there’s a little pocket on the tongue of the shoe where you can stow away the laces. The shoes also came with additional insoles. The material is all synthetic which means the shoes will dry quickly (bonus for those rainy Oregon runs ahead!) and breathe well also.

I am often a little hesitant to put on shoes that lean toward the minimalist trend because I like a lot of support, but these shoes offered all the benefits of feeling feather-light but never making me feel like they wouldn’t take care of my feet. The Megagrip rubber did a great job grabbing at the trails and I loved that my feet could breathe well, which is important on a long trail run. The SCARPA shoes were very comfortable but also functional. As I spend more and more time trail running, I’m finding the need for shoes like the SCARPA Spin to be more and more necessary. These were designed with a trail runner in mind, no doubt about it!


Products & Price:

Specs (from website):

  • Size Options: 37-41 (half sizes)
  • Weight Reference: 213g; 7.5oz (1/2 pair size 38)
  • Upper: Mesh with welded PU overlay
  • Lining: Polyester
  • Midsole: EVA-CM
  • Outsole: Vibram® Fixion / Megagrip
  • Insole: H-EVA Plate
  • Drop: 4mm
  • Cushion: Medium
  • Underfoot Protection: Minimal
  • Waterproof-Breathable: Yes

More about SCARPA:

Innovation and tradition share equally deep roots at SCARPA, which to this day remains a family owned company with its headquarters and performance footwear manufacturing facilities in the same regions of northern Italy where it got its start in 1938.

Founded in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains, in the Asolo / Montebelluna region, an area long known for its quality, handcrafted footwear, SCARPA’s initial mission was to bring together all the best shoemakers in the Asolo area toward the goal of producing the best footwear anywhere. SCARPA stands for Società Calzaturiera Asolana Riunita Pedemontana Anonima, which means Associated Shoe Manufacturing Company of the Asolo Mountain Area.

It was immersed in this tradition of craftsmanship and heritage that Luigi Parisotto, who would eventually purchase the company with his brothers and grow it into a family enterprise, first began learning the art of making fine footwear. Parisotto began learning his craft at age 11 in 1940 and went to work for SCARPA in 1942. From the beginning, Parisotto loved the process of building handcrafted footwear, and in the early 1950s ran his own shoe-manufacturing business, S. Giorgio, with his brothers, turning out between four and 15 pairs of handmade shoes a day. These were sold to local farmers who sought out shoes that were both comfortable and indestructible.

In 1956, Parisotto and three of his brothers, with the assistance of their family, pulled together enough money to make an offer on SCARPA. It was accepted and the business quickly grew under their leadership to encompass 17 expert shoemakers , and expanded during these early years to produce 50 to 60 pairs a day. In the late 1950s, word about SCARPA’s quality began to spread more widely outside the Montebelluna region and they attracted clientele from many other parts of northern Italy.

Thank you to SCARPA for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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