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Occupying that coveted gray area between rock, approach, and casual footwear, the Evolv Cruzer Shoe is a minimalist kick that loves to live life on the move.
  • Cotton canvas upper breathes well so your toes don't overheat during the approach
  • Moisture-wicking microfiber liner is barefoot-friendly for added convenience and style
  • Rubber toe and heel rands add extra protection against wear and tear
  • Thin, minimal drop EVA midsole ups the cushioning power while keeping the overall profile low and casual
  • Memory foam insole is like walking on the wisp of angel breath
  • High-friction Trax outsole allows for superior grip during your approach
  • Heel designed to fold down for use as a casual slipper
  • Heel tabs allow for easy attachment to a backpack or harness

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4 5

Great light weight option

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think this shoe is pretty bitchin! They are really light and don't offer much shock protection. So not recommended for long approaches or heavy pack but other than that they rock. Super sticky rubber. I climb up to 5.8 slabs and cracks in them. Keep your socks on when you're climbing in them and channel your inner Alex Lowe and send 80's style! One caveat. The seam will blow with more than a few jams.

Great light weight option
5 5

Great everywhere from dirt to urban.

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

These will get you from plane/train/automobile to the crag, then to the bar without looking out of plus or letting you down. Think of them as Toms that took a lot of creatine. They are sturdy but not bulky or heavy. They look great with paints and shorts. And yes, they are grippy as hell.

They do run small, I typically wear a 9 or 9.5 and in these I kept the 10.0.

5 5

Great Shoe!!

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

Ordered a 10.5 which I normally wear. At first the fit was too tight and I was going to return them. Decided to give them a try, once they stretched out they fit true to size. I've done multi day hikes with a 35+ pound pack, used as approach shoes, belay slip ons, MTB shoes, casual shoes, and even played tennis in them. Love these shoes, after all the abuse the seams are still in good shape. They clean up well to go out on the town. They look like Toms with better soles. I will be buying these again!

4 5

Climbs well, runs small

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

The good: it does exactly what Evolv says it will. It's a lightweight approach shoe that climbs surprisingly well and excels on all day climbs that require a shoe to hike back down. Climbed all day with these clipped on my harness with the trad rack and didn't notice them. Rubber is good and they smear really well.

The bad: these shoes run really small. I got my street shoe size, and I can't get a sock in them comfortably. For a small but comfortable fit, I'd go a half size up from your regular size. Also -- and this may be more of a problem for some -- they take on the legendary Evolv shoe stink.

Bottom line: Super lightweight approach shoe that climbs well. A few gripes on sizing and smell, but a solid shoe.

Will these shoes leave marks? Im looking...

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Will these shoes leave marks? Im looking for a climbing shoe that is also a good and grippy boat shoe to take sailing without marking up a white deck.

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I hate to be a naysayer, but it doesn't seem like a good idea. Climbing/approach rubber is designed to be stickier, which makes it softer, which makes it rub off. Boat shoes are designed similarly, but with more attention to grip on wet, smooth surfaces and they're generally made with white soles so that when they do rub off a little, it's less visible. I'd be willing to bet that you won't find a climbing/approach shoe that doesn't leave a mark.

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They will leave marks, I didn't realize my wood floor had water on it and when I walked through it I could see black skid marks where I had walked.

2 5

House slipper

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I was stoked about these initially, then i wore them to the crag...

I was drawn to them because of their lo-pro look, which IS cool. Thats about as far as the virtues go.

The rubber is good for approach, but if you wear them without socks between climbs, you'll find your feet slipping around the inside of the shoe.
The rubber on the outside of the shoe near the outer toe has come off of the shoe in the first 3months, very lame for $75. I would never climb a 5.2 in these, I feel like they'd slip right off. Loved them then... not so much.

They feel like a casual street shoe. I'd encourage any serious climber to avoid these.

2 5

About a 1/2 size smaller than expected.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Backcountry has a pretty crappy return policy for footwear. $6.99 is the cheapest option. Free no hassle returns would be a great change.

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Free would be preferable, but then they'd presumably charge more. OTOH seven bucks is about half what I recently had to pay at the post office or UPS, to return a pair to Five Ten, so it looks to me like a discounted rate, not a bad compromise.

5 5

My Favorite Shoe[s]

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own two pairs of these. I love the fit and the practicality. Approach or casual, I use these shoes for both. Push the heel down and you have a great slip on. G

5 5

Tight fit is a good fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an approach shoe. I agree with other reviews in that this shoe is tight, but that is what it's meant to be like. Climbing in this with a good fit is great. Loosened up enough to still be a comfy town shoe, and I can easily sinch it down for wall climbing.

Full review: http://oldgoatgear.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/gear-review-evolv-cruzer-approach-shoe/

Tight fit is a good fit
5 5

On the contrary, these are (still) great

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

I know the general consensus around here is that these are not made to last, but my experience with them so far have proven otherwise.

I've had these for about a season and a half and they have gone through hell and back. These include, but are not limited to, hiking around the Gunks, getting caught in rainstorms at the New, approaches around Seneca, hopping around Pennsylvania talus and I've even thrown heel hooks on easy boulders. And guess what? I have not a single hole or sole splitting.

I honestly don't really take any special care of them, so I'm not sure how the quality of mine seems to be so much higher.

Otherwise, all the other features mentioned are great. The folding heel is a boon as I sometimes don't even use it as a real shoe for entire trips.

On the contrary, these are (still) great
3 5

I wish otherwise.

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

I've had the same issues as everybody else, with exception to my soles separating. One week after walking around town and commuting the outer toe-box stitching came undone and the canvas is now coming apart and forming quite the hole. These shoes are awesome looking. Super comfortable, and have cool features like the folding heal, they just aren't designed tough, at all.

1 5

Canvas?

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you buy it small enough to climb in the seam across the toe box rips within days. If you buy it bigger, it is worthless. I went through two pairs in as many weeks. c'mon evlolv. Only good if you are looking for a pair of tom's you can wear at the gym.

4 5

Not bad overall

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I wear these around town and to work a lot because they're really comfortable. I get comments on them all the time. I like them at the crag for two reasons:

1) The fold down feature on the back that turns them into slip on shoes is fantastic for single pitch sport crag days when you're switching off as climber and belayer often.

2) Hiking off a multi-pitch they're great because they're light, offer enough protection and grip to get down safely, and they clip onto a harness extremely well.

I do NOT take these backpacking, on approaches, or even on day hikes. I climbed the Grand Teton via the Uppoer Exum Ridge route and my partner had these on. His feet were destroyed by the end of our trip. I wore a pair of Adidas Terrex Solos and they were brilliant.

Mine have started to come apart on the outside edge where the sole meets the shoe, and the stitching where the back portion of the canvas is sewn into the front, where that sharp angle is. I've owned the for a year and do wear the pretty often, so I'm satisfied with their durability.

2 5

falling apart

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

Used these as a camp shoe with minor use as an approach shoe as well. The seems on the sides began to split within the first week, and by the end of being out for several weeks both have gaping holes on the outsides. Light, climbed well, but unfortunately they're basically falling apart.

1 5

Sole separated

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I have hiked several times in those shoes, maybe 20 miles total and soles already started to separated from the shoe. That's pretty bad for $75 approach shoes.

3 5

Cool Looking street approach shoe

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

If i got caught having to hike 3 miles up steep terrain to the crag i would not choose these as my shoes of choice. However if it was a well traveled short path to the boulder or crag then this isnt a bad approach shoe. It is light and stylish. It is comfortable and small enough it isnt that big a deal to warm up in these, they actually climb decently well. If you want an easy approach shoe these are worth a try.

1 5

Choss...

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

I bought a pair of these shoes after reading a review of them in a climbing magazine which had rated them 'the best approach shoe of 2012'--they were quite the opposite. I wore them only a few times a week, on easy hikes, approaches to climbs, and longer walks, and after only a few months of this sort of use they began to fall apart. I thought that the wear and tear was minor and they wouldn't degrade further so I took them on a Grand Canyon river trip to use on day hikes on side canyons, the sole to one of them began to separate from the shoe under the heal and came almost completely off; the rubber on the toe of the opposite shoe began to do the same and the heel tab ripped completely off. I was very disappointed with these shoes and will not be buying any other products from evolv. (A side note, I bought a pair of $30 Converse low top tennis at about the same time as the evolvs and began to use them in place of the evolvs. Now, almost a year later of almost daily use for every purpose, I am still using them and they are still in great condition.)

4 5

Comfy approach shoes

I loved my first pair of Cruzers -- comfy, and they're much better for approaches for multi-pitch routes than my previous approach shoes due to their lightweight and low profile when clipped to my harness. However, within a week or two of wear, two seams began tearing, and the most significant tear -- across the toe -- has now turned into a 2" x 1" hole in the canvas layer of the shoe after a couple months of wear.

But I still liked the shoe enough to order a second pair, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they've modified the shoe a bit to address this issue; there's no longer an overlapping seam along the toe.

Beware, however, that the fit has also changed; what was originally a comfortable fit was unpleasantly tight in the new shoe at the same size. I realized the biggest contributor here was a thicker insole. Putting the old insoles in the new shoe felt much better. But I think the toe box is still a bit lower volume in the newer shoe.

3 5

Ok for lots of things

Approach and around for bouldering: Very good. Slipper feature is awesome
Approach to cragging: Good. Comfortable with decent traction. flimsy heel makes it difficult to pull on and off since there is only one heel loop.
Long approach with lots of gear: OK. Small light weight shoe has minimal support but is fairly comfortable even after several hours of approach. Compared to your climbing shoes your feet will be glad to be back in these.
Easy/moderate climbing: OK. the sole is pretty soft and the shoe doesn't edge well. The heel loop is already coming off, so if I downsize more my foot wouldn't get into the shoe without tearing the heel loop off completely.
General Scrambling: OK. Overall traction is good. Fine if you don't need to edge.
Aid climbing: Bad. The sole is too soft and after standing in aiders for a day the foam between the sole and the rubber started to crack/tear. Also quite uncomfortable if standing in aiders for a long time. These shoes clearly weren't designed for wall climbing but they were the only shoes I had at the time.

Next time I need approach shoes I will either look into a new shoe or go back to the 5Tennie guides.

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