24 Feb SCARPA: CHIMERA
The Asolo-based company presented the new Fall-Winter 2021-22 collections, with the usual two seasons early despite the impediments caused by the pandemic, among the various models we also witnessed the revisitation of the CHIMERA.
Scarpa‘s supersoft proposal is renewed, with high-performance materials and a structure designed to offer maximum sensitivity, avoiding too much stress on tendons and feet.
Given its characteristics, CHIMERA looks like a shoe designed to give the best on the crag, even if both in the gym and on the blocks it maintains a very high level of performance. Being very strong in form obviously its use on long routes is not really recommended. Asymmetrical and arched shape therefore, with very arched position of the big toe and middle finger, to give excellent precision.
Scarpa presents the new CHIMERA as the most precise version of the soft line, created using innovative materials and technologies. The TPS insert under the toe area gives extra support and precision on small supports, however without taking away sensitivity.
Let’s now go into the details of the features.
UPPER: 8 combined pieces in 1.6mm highly technical microfiber and coupled to a perforated and breathable TPU layer, with high abrasion resistance. It also features an alcantara insert in the big toe area. The lacing extended to the tip to adapt the upper to any type of foot. The two lace hooks integrated into the upper improve the wrapping.
TECHNOLOGIES: the SRT system wraps the entire forefoot in M50 rubber giving a fit that is maintained over time. The TPS midsole gives support on small supports without removing sensitivity, and the PCB system keeps the arch tension stable. The PAF system evenly distributes the tension on the heel avoiding pressure on the Achilles tendon.
SOLE: 1/3 length in 3.5mm Vibram XS Grip 2 with 2mm thick XS Grip 2 shaped heel.
Now all that remains is to wait for the new CHIMERA, perhaps to test them directly on blocks and walls.