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Climb Mars.

The Evolv Astroman Climbing Shoe's name implies sub-orbital excellence, and this shoe delivers. Although we don't actually recommend using this shoe in space, we trust that the input of trad climbing stars Peter Croft and Matt Segal means this mid-top shoe can handle any traditional Earth-based route you throw at it. The Astroman proves that you can still have ankle protection while maintaining mobility, and a comfy microfiber lining complements a rugged leather upper for multi-season durability.

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Have any women used this shoe? Will it be too wide for a women's foot?


Wicked good

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 225 lbs
    Size Purchased: 13

I got these about 3 months ago, and use them 6 days a week. If you want aggressive, soft shoes, turn away. If you want a shoe that you can dance up the cracks with than get these.

It took me about a whole 2 weeks or 12 2 hour sessions to break these bad boys in, but now they got an amazing suction cup feel and are fun to use. I down sized from wearing a street shoe 14 to a 13 in these and don't regret it, my toes were not used to it at first but now I got 2 hours straight with them on and some days at work I have them on for 3 when setting. So they do take some time to break in but they are comfy.

The Trax rubber is still goo on the rock or at the gym, smearing is great and edging is good.

If you have a wider foot like me, the split tongue design does help make the shoe a little less painful.

Overall a great stiff shoe, does well out side and at the gym.

Wicked good

runs small

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Height: 6'4"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: 12.5

Seems like a great shoe and it has a nice comfortable fit but definitely runs a small. I'd get a half size larger than you had planned


Sorry Evolv, you don't get this one...

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 180 lbs


However, this shoe did not work for me...

I used them several times both inside and out and the hot spots simply wouldn't cease reeking havoc on my feet. Specifically the heel of the shoe. Evolv put a padded liner in the shoe that is supposed to aid in protecting the achilles heel, but I found this "feature" to be uncomfortable and awkward. The spot creates friction where the heel rests on stitching, eventually leading to sore spots, blisters, etc.

Also, the flat foot and flat arch was extremely uncomfortable as well. I sized correctly as I only climb in Evolv shoes. I wear an 11 in Shaman, Luchador, AND the Nexxo. These weren't for me!

True to size and color for Evolv as seen on B.C. website.

Thank you!


Cracks for days

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 163 lbs
    Size Purchased: 11

I got these because I was spending more time climbing trad and wasn't happy about all the wear I was putting on my high precision and price sport shoes, not to mention the fact that I liked to have my toes not be in complete agony after 30 feet of climbing. I've been wearing them for about a month and I'm thrilled, the suede leather and stiff shoe makes these great for standing in hand cracks and heel-toes like a champ. In smaller cracks, I've found that the wide toe box and thick rubber allows you to torque just the rubber pretty well into finger cracks without really crushing your toes. It's sort of hard to describe but it works well. The shoes edge adequately, but the toe profile makes it hard to feel really precise with the footwork. The stiff shoes make it easier to stand on small (but not microscopic) edges, and as they have loosened up the sticky rubber makes them great to smear on. These shoes are much more flexible than I would have thought based on other reviews.

My only complaint about the shoe is they're meant to accommodate a wide foot, and where the front of the shoe comes together it puckers into a little ridge when I cinch down on the laces. This ridge is wearing away rapidly but won't affect the rest of the shoe as it tears off I don't think. The rest of the shoe seems really durable so far. I purchased a size 11, and wear a 10.5 street shoe. It was pretty uncomfortable for about a week, but now it is comfortable enough to wear pretty much all day. I might have gotten a 10.5 if I wanted more technical fit, but the 11 is still plenty snug and I appreciate the comfort.


Crack. Crack forever.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

These are excellent shoes, especially for people with wide or splaying feet! Thus far, I have used these at Indian Creek, Vedauwoo, and the Front Range (Lumpy, Eldo) for the most part. The padding and stiffness is absolutely stellar for a long day of crack. I do not feel limited by these shoes whatsoever. They even perform beautifully on thin, crystally edges for which I'd normally reach for my anasazi's. They are very very stiff (board lasted) which takes getting used to if you've been using only flexible shoes. Apparently, though, board lasted shoes are much more resilient after being resoled (just what I've heard from shoe-guys).

The laces are total crap. I replaced them after a week at the Creek (which, in their defense, is pretty rough on shoes). I'm just now getting these resoled after climbing on them for about 4 months (used them at least once or twice per week and on a few longer trips, as well as the training cracks at the gym). The rubber has seemed to wear out a bit quickly, but I'm hoping some stealth C4 will solve those problems.

In terms of usage, I think these excel on thin edges and any type of crack. I especially like them for vedauwoo, as they protect my ankles and heel-toe like nothing else. They are a bit tough to get a lot of rubber on smearing, but I still feel confident doing so. They do have a bulky toe profile, so they don't really fit in thin cracks (I start feeling very shaky trying to shove them in anything smaller than a # .75 C4).

TL;DR: Great shoes, especially for wide feet. Will up your game in cracks, especially painful ones. Replace the laces ASAP.


Sizing issue, but, overall awesome.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

I had to size up 1.5 sizes. I wear a street shoe of 11.5, and ended up with a size 13 in this model. By comparison, I wear an 11.5 in the Scarpa Helix. And, no, the size 13 Astroman is not too big. I have had to purchase three pair, an 11.5,12 and finally a 13. Great shoe though, love it.

To my knowledge, the only shoe in the same league is the Boreal Golden Slipper. Those, however, are very difficult to procure in the U.S. right now.

i want to cancel my order how do i go abou...

i want to cancel my order how do i go abou that.

Looking at getting a pair of Astromans but...

Looking at getting a pair of Astromans but not sure on sizing... I have a 255mm length foot which is fairly wide and a thin heel/ankle. Are they true to the Evolv sizing on their website or should I size up or down?

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The sizing runs a bit tighter than other brands but is consistent with Evolv's sizing chart. For general all-day trad climbing purposes I'd recommend the US 9 as the shoes do stretch slightly over time, but the lacing system allows you to dial in the fit very well.


Awesome Trad Shoe

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Ive been climbing in the Astromans the past week. This is an awesome all day trad shoe. I wear an 11 - 11.5 street shoe and bought a 44.5. The 44 was too small. They are a nice stiff shoe but very comfortable, slightly stiffer than the TC Pros. They have stretched about a 1/4 size so far. I just crank down on the laces a bit more then when they were new. My feet are average width and find the Astromans are not too narrow and not too wide.

I wish Backcountry would list the EU size next to the US size...


All day beast of burden

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Stiff, comfier last, great lacing system, ankle protection. Great shoe for all day climbing, I sized them a touch tighter so i can stand on granite dime edges with them, but the last is for comfier orientation of the toes, not as crammed tight. For comparison, they felt as easy to get on as my .5 size larger geshido lace ups. I am anticipating a fair amount of stretch because they are all leather. I will update this as I wear them more and more and keep you posted, but this is my first impressions.

Mine stretched out comfortably and I am super happy with the size I got, a half size bigger would have been nice out of the box but sloppy after a week or two! So that said I got a half size smaller than what I wear other evolv shoes in.


rad trad

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

waited a long time for these to finally be out. Couldn't be happier with the fit and performance. all day comfort, sized my street shoe size. Perfect for trad climbing and long routes. Sticky and made really well.

Has this shoe stretched at all with use? I just got a pair and they're a but snug. I haven't been able to climb in them yet due to an injury but am hoping they will stretch a little as leather shoes tend to do.



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