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The Marathon is one of Scarpa's most expensive rock shoes. Scarpa boast they are comfortable enough to wear while walking to the crag as well as for multi-pitch climbing. The Marathons feature a wrapped toe for precision and a light midsole in the centre and heel areas.
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Scarpa Marathon Reviews
Reviewed by Kevin Maule (Beauly, Highlands) on 2005-12-12:
General comments: These rock shoes really are stunning, the bees knees in fact just because they are the same colour!
Without doubt thee most comfy rock shoes I have ever had the pleasure to climb in.
Perhaps because they are softer they are not as precise or powerful as many high end shoes on the market but you can happily wear them all day at the crag or on a steep mountainside.
The rubber has great friction through the toe section and I never had any problem with the shiny rubber heel section. It took me two years outside and in to wear these puppies through. The foam provides great support when standing at lengthy belays and protection from tiny jarring pebbles.
The thick padded tongue is styling and makes this rock shoe feel more like a trainer. All in all a fantastic shoe.
It's very hard to fault these shoes. Again as they are quite soft and possess no heel padding so they aren't great bouldering shoes, although you could run between your projects with them still on!
The only real bad point is the yellow feet, yes these will dye your feet forever. I had to wear thin socks with these as even after two years the yellow dye would still colour my feet. It became hilarious.
If you want a shoe you can wear on big multi pitch routes or a long day at the crag then these are hard to beat.
Pros: Very comfy.
Multi pitch and all day comfort.
Cons: dye your feet yellow.
Reviewed by Sam Walker (Leeds) on 2005-12-29:
General comments: Bought these Scarpa Marathon shoes as a replacement for my old La Sportiva cliff Blues as a comfy shoe for long multipitch and was quite impressed at first but after a while, realised that they just didn't fit my feet. They're pretty narrow, like all Scarpa footwear and the toes just felt all wrong, I have sort of sloping feet, with a very big big toe compared to my next toes and found that my toes didnt seem to fit in them, so I bought them slightly too big and hoped to wear socks with them,. This didn't work! The shoe doesnt seem to be sized to wear with socks, somethng I found quite odd for a shoe designed as a comfy multipitch.
if they do fit your feet, they'd be pretty good shoes. Nice comfy tongue, well padded for comfort and on the few occasions I used them, I find the heel felt better than normal for standing around at belays.
The biggest problem, was paying £70 for a pair of shoes that were slilghtly too big!
Pros: Comfy for standing at belays.
Grippy heel makes a slight difference.
Padded tongue feels quite luxurious.
Cons: Didn't fit.
Reviewed by David Cowan (Aberdeen) on 2006-01-03:
General comments: These shoes are poor!
Pros: They are a comfortable fit, if they fit!
Cons: Waste of space heel shocker. Stiff as a board. No feedback. Custard coloured.
Concrete vibram sole rubber compound.
Reviewed by Thomas Williams (Chester) on 2006-01-17:
General comments: Had these rock shoes for 9 months and used them for trad and indoor climbing during that period but not a huge amount (once a week). I have had Scarpa shoes in the past and quality was superb. So i went ahead and tried a pair of these, i found the fit of the Marathon to be very good and the hybrid sole design was great for those long walks off the mountain. However, after just a few weeks of use the toe section started coming away, I glued it and carried on, a few months down the line the toe came away altogether. I have heard other people have the same problem which is surprising considering Scarpa's usual high quality.
Pros: Nice idea and good comfortable fit.
Cons: Very dubious quality.
Reviewed by Freddie Crowley (Perthshire) on 2006-02-08:
General comments: I have used these shoes since i started climbing - around one and a half years ago, and have not experienced any problems with them at all. The toe seperation mentioned in other reviews has not occured. as for performance, they are great all round shoe for doing everything from bouldering (the heel padding really comes in usefull here), to long mountain routes. They have been perfect for low grade severes right through to around HVS/6a/6b. The only failure in performance is the shoes ability to be used for heel hooking, but at my standard of climbing, this doesn't really matter. They are very comfortable thanks to the padded tongue and offer a superb fit - i have never had to fiddle about re-tightening them before a hard ascent. The yellow die does run horrifically, and makes your feet look as if they have gone septic!
Pros: Very comfortable
suitable for every type of climb conceivable
mine seem reliable
Cons: very expensive for a shoe that is meant for lower grade climbs ,the die runs and heel hooking isn't easy, but overall an excellent shoe
Reviewed by Paul Smith (Cannock) on 2006-02-23:
General comments: I first climbed in a pair of Scarpa Marathons about 2 years ago and have so far had two pairs of these shoes. With having reasonably wide feet, i was surprised to find that these Scarpa shoes fitted me incredably well.
The build quality was excellent, but i did find the shoe far too stiff to start with, but with time i did get use to them. The stiffness did make this shoe edge really well and i was surprised to find that it handled hard slabs that required a lot of smearing incredably well.
Pros: A great all day, all round shoe, once you are use to its feel.
Cons: They do have a habit of colouring your feet yellow.