SCARPA continues to rack up awards with new rock-climbing line

SCARPA Mago wins 2008 ‘Best in Gear’ Award from Rock and Ice, while Techno earns ‘Editor’s Choice’ Award from Climbing Magazine.
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BOULDER, Colo. – SCARPA's new rock-climbing line continues to pull down the awards from North America's top climbing magazines. This week, SCARPA won a 2008 Editor's Choice Award from Climbing Magazine for its new precision shoe, the Techno, after winning a 2008 Best in Gear Award from Rock and Ice in recent month for its high-performance steep shoe, the Mago.

This year's awards for SCARPA follow on the heels of winning both those awards last year as well – a Best in Gear Award from Rock and Ice for the Spectro, its performance edging shoe, and an Editor's Choice from Climbing for the Mago. SCARPA and Climbing Line Manager Heinz Mariacher added to the line for 2008 with four new shoes, created a well-rounded line of 10 new rock shoes and five approach shoes designed by Mariacher between this year and last.

In this year's award, Climbing called the Techno a “comfortable, high-performing trad shoe that can swing sport climbing too.”

Meanwhile, Rock and Ice said: “The Mago, designed by the genius cobbler Heinz Mariacher, performs well in every kind of face-climbing situation – granite slabs, limestone drips and tufas, and anything that requires advanced edging and heel or toe hooking. It's also comfortable, a great candidate for the new wave of rope-stretching pitches that everyone seems to be getting after.”

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About SCARPA and SCARPA North America

Founded in 1938, SCARPA builds performance footwear for hiking, skiing, mountaineering, climbing, trail running and other outdoor pursuits from its headquarters in Asolo, Italy. SCARPA has been owned and operated by the Parisotto family since 1956. In 2005, SCARPA opened its North American headquarters in Boulder, Colo., staffed and directed by veterans of the North American outdoor industry, to oversee sales and marketing in the U.S. and Canada.

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