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Description

A well-rounded shoe for all-around crushing.

From dime-sized edges to splitter cracks to high-angle jug hauls, the Evolv Bandit Climbing Shoe can do it all. The Bandit features a full-length speed lace that gives you a precise fit with a single pull. Webbed side panels help reduce excessive stretch and provide added lateral support.
  • Synthetic upper reduces stretching to keep this shoe from outgrowing your foot
  • Padded tongue for increased comfort in cracks
  • Ultra-sticky Trax XT-5 rubber for security on the thinnest holds
  • Stiff half-midsole for increased edging performance

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5 5

Couldn't be more satisfied.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Firstly, I'll say that this is my first pair of climbing shoes, so my only basis for comparison is the rentals at the local gym and the 5 other shoes that I tried on there and at a local outdoor supply store. Obviously, they are better in every respect than the rentals. But also, I was very disappointed in the other shoes I tried on at the store. They all seemed very poor in quality compared to these (even though they were fairly popular and similarly priced shoes). The fit was uncomfortable and didn't feel secure. When I did size down enough for the others to feel secure, they felt unnatural and painful. These seem to find just the right happy place in-between. Toes are slightly knuckled up (but that's to be desired, as I understand), but there are no places in which it feels painful or prone to lead to injury. Also, the construction quality of these shoes seems head and shoulders above the others. In particular, I was considering the Red Chili Durango and the 5.10 Rogue Lace. Both of those seemed poorly built and prone to come apart. These shoes feel rugged and built to last. Typically, it's probably desirable to wait until I've climbed in them to write a review, but considering my complete lack of skill and very little experience, I wouldn't really have anything to gauge them against, anyhow. So, let me just say that I can already tell these will give me the proper foundation upon which to build my technique. If I'm having problems with my climbing, it'll obviously be my lack of skill and no fault of these wonderful kicks! Also, concerning sizing, they feel true to size. I had read too much about others downsizing and was beginning to drink the kool-aid, so I originally ordered them in a size 8.5 (I wear a size 9 casual shoe). A few hours later, I began to have misgivings about my choice, so I jumped on chat with one of the wonderful customer service folks here and they easily switched my order to a size 9. I'm extremely glad I did that!

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Update: Got a chance to climb in them and my affinity for them has only increased. So far, I'm mainly focusing on bouldering to build strength. From what I've read, many people prefer velcros or slippers for bouldering for their ease and speed of removal after a problem. Concerning that, I didn't find these at all tedious to put on and take off. Finally sent a V3 that had been vexing me my last couple of visits to the gym! Was it the shoes? Maybe...maybe not...but I'm sure they didn't hurt!

On the way up

On the way up

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just out of curiosity, why is your rope tied to those 2 trees like that

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Three trees, I was using a rock soloist in this picture, it needs to be anchored from the bottom.

4 5

Solid grip

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

Every step up feels solid. Toe box was a little tight when new, probably just my foot. Stretched a bit, fits snug now. Also I have these in 3 strap Velcro. Great shoe. Highly recommended.

5 5

Amazing shoe

Have been climbing for more than 20 years and these are one of the best all around shoes I've found. Lacing system is amazing. I prefer these to anasazi laceups and muira's just don't fit my feet. Tried a few and I ended up going up a half size, which I will admit isn't typical of climbing shoes. As stiff as these are, and as little as they stretch, there's no reason to get some masochistic size. I think you could still stand on dime edges in a pair that is 5 sizes too large.

These shoes edge amazingly. Haven't used them in cracks yet but they should excell. Not a lot of feel due to the sole thickness and stiffness, but I consider that a positive if you're confident in your footwork or just need an edging masterpiece. Extremely comfortable, I could wear these all day long. Very impressed so far.

5 5

My first pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these shoes since November 2012 and they really do edge well. They're also very comfortable. I just wish I got it in a half size smaller because it stretched a bit. Tightening the lace well does the trick though. I'm buying a downturned pair but I will definitely be keeping my Bandits.

5 5

Stoked on these shoes!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

killer shoes, bought them a 1/2 half size small and they fit perfect. comfy enough to stay in them for multipitch and still got that snug fit for tougher routes. Solid rubber and thin enough to feel that rock but enough comfort that my toes dont feel like their dying like some my buddies. and yes they still hurt after awhile but id expect that if u want a solid fit.

Only size 13 is on sale?!?

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Only size 13 is on sale?!?

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Yeah, it sucks. They are likely trying to get rid of previous seasons and/or outsize overstock.

5 5

Great shoe

I've been climbing everyday for almost seven months in these shoes and they have held up great. very little indoor climbing on them. after about 5 months the rubber wasn't quite as sticky and my arms became pumped faster. size accordingly as they will loosen over time, not much, just to a comfortable fit. The stiff sole is great for begginers and have used them on many technical 11's and 12's. Great shoe with great performance. My feet stink in most shoes, I have sweaty feet. :/ But have not noticed much smell in them at all.

3 5

Holy Toes.

I climbed in these for two months, at a beginner level (5.9) and no more than twice a week, strictly on the plastic rocks and both toes split open about ~1/2in. I also hate how bad Evlov's start to smell fairly soon after you break them in, due to them being synthetic. It's just unfortunate that they got trashed so quickly since I think they would've been a great outdoor shoe since they are very comfortable and easily stick to whatever you want them too, however since the edges are rather rounded the edging in them wasn't as good as I had hoped for.

How do these differ from the K-Lace?

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How do these differ from the K-Lace?

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The Bandit has a stiffer midsole and a different lining.

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Per Evolv's website:

K-Lace II:
Asymmetrical toe profile (KA-1 last)
SOLE:
4.2mm TRAX® XT-5 high friction rubber
RAND:
2.2mm TRAX® duro-rand
UPPER:
Perforated elastic Synthratek synthetic upper
LINING:
Perforated cotton lining
MIDSOLE:
MX-S 1mm sensitive, full-length midsole

Bandit:
Asymmetrical toe profile (KA-1 last)
SOLE:
4.2mm TRAX® XT-5 high friction rubber
RAND:
2.2mm TRAX® duro-rand
UPPER:
Perforated elastic Synthratek synthetic upper
LINING:
Microfiber lining
MIDSOLE:
MX-P 2mm stiff full-length midsole

If you like sensitivity and feeling the rock better, I'd get the K-Lace's. Otherwise, I've heard better things about the bandit's durability, but I feel like it's mostly subjective anyway, climb what you like. Also, the shape of the two shoes is different, most noticeably in the heel.

Goodluck!

This will be my first pair of climbing...

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This will be my first pair of climbing shoes and I heard that all brands size different. Any idea what size I should be if I wear a 10.5 running shoe and an 11 casual shoe?

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The best thing to do with a climbing shoe is to try them on in a local store, if possible. They sizes not only differ slightly between brands, but also between different models of the same brand.

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I'd go for a ten. But if you can, do try them on.

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I agree with Sam above me. I would NEVER buy a climbing shoe that I have not tried on. I have found that in some eVolvs I wear an 8.5. In my La Sportiva Nagos I wear a 7; and in Casual I wear a 9.5. I would try them on and then come to backcountry.com and take advantage of cheaper prices.

4 5

Well made shoe.

This shoe has a pretty nice toe box with a super gripping heel. I've used them three or four times now about 5 hours each and haven't noticed a smell that I have read about with other shoes. I wear a 10.5 US street shoe and was originally going to buy the Optimus Primes, but noticed these were cheaper and they seemed to size the same. I bought a half size up and they work wonderfully. They are snug, but don't cram your feet till you can't wear them for more than half an hour. They have a little trouble edging on those dime size holds, but other than that it's a really great shoe.

5 5

Had them for months and still glorious

I absolutely love these shoes. I had to go a full size down from my street shoe size, 10 to a 9. first few wears were a bit rough, but now they are absolute glory. I can wear them for hours without any severe aching. They do grip extremely well, and edge great.
I read reviews of people having a stinking problem, but having mine for 8 or 9 months and wearing them an hour or longer at a time, mine still smell new.

Started rock climbing recently and was...

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Started rock climbing recently and was interested in the Evolv Bandit, presently on sale. The rental shoes I use are 11 and feel snug, but not tight. My regular shoes are either 9 Wide or 9 1/2. Could you advise me on what size to order in the Bandit (since they are mail order)?
Would you advise another model shoe for a beginning rock climber?

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1: I would buy a half size or maybe a full size since your feet are wide.
2: This is a perfect beginner shoe. This was the first shoe I had ever bought.

4 5

Good for the money

These are a good all around shoe. Being able to wear them all day and still not have your feet burn is amazing, for those long days on the rock. The rubber is sticky and very durable.

4 5

Stiff sole

The shoes are a great all around climbing shoe. They work great for vertical and slightly over hanging routes and are more comfortable than most other climbing shoes, which makes the great for leaving on for extended periods of time.

5 5

Got me hooked on Evolv

This was the first shoe of Evolv's that I ever owned. I got hooked. This is an excellent all around shoe. It performs well on anything you can throw at it. I particularly love it on slabs. It's edging is hard to beat for an all around shoe, and the heel will not let you down. This is a great shoe.

5 5

Super gripy

I absolutely love this shoe it has out preformed many other climbing shoes in the gym,and sticks to the gneiss rock of the Adirondacks like glue. my street shoe sizes is a 10.5 - 11 and the smallest bandit i could fit in to for more than a half hour was a size 9.5 I don't think these shoes smell any worse than any other climbing shoe, but it is harder to wash the smell out of them.

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