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Defies gravity and the climbing-shoes-should-hurt-like-hell belief.
In a world where climbers believe that shoes are only good if they hurt like hell, the Evolv Defy Climbing Shoe stands out in the crowd with unmatched comfort in order to keep your feet nice and cozy while you learn the ways of the climber. A flat profile with a low asymmetric curvature makes this shoe an excellent starter for beginners in a gym, and it performs well when you take it to outdoor crags. Evolv made the upper out of Synthratek, which is essentially perforated synthetic leather that's sturdy and rigid yet incredibly breathable. The shoe's nylon lining offers plush comfort that you appreciate when you're hanging from a top rope for what feels like hours. And two hook-and-loop straps offer a simple yet secure closure.
Evolv added an MX-P midsole that's soft and sensitive so you can feel the rock and learn how to smear with an impeccable prowess. The Trax rubber sole features high friction that helps prevent you from slipping off the greasiest foot holds in the gym, and a VTR rand at the toe keeps you climbing in this comfortable shoe for a long time.
- Perforated Synthratek upper
- Two hook-and-loop straps
- Flat profile
- 4.2mm Trax high friction rubber
- Nylon lining
- Standard asymmetric curvature
- 1mm MX-P midsole
- VTR rand at toe
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- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
I gave these as a gift and forced the owner to write a review. Here it is...
As the defy are my second pair of climbing shoes, I am able to say that these shoes fit perfectly, have the right amount of structure, and offer ease of use.
Similar to any pair of climbing shoe, the defy feel awkward upon use for the first couple of times. As soon as they wear in a bit, they feel like a little bit of heaven on your foot. I have a fairly large big toe which makes for discomfort if I don't briefly remove the shoe after an hour or so of use. With this shoe, it is essential that you keep your toenails trimmed.
In addition to fitting well, the defy have just the right amount of structure which makes for a very well-rounded pair of shoes. The heel is a bit softer than most shoes I've seen, but doesn't hinder a well placed heel hook on a strenuous boulder problem. Also, the toe is perfectly structured for sticking onto those very bare footholds on harder routes.
Pretty good beginner shoes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I bought these as part of a starter gear set at the beginning of the year when I was just getting into climbing. I've used them a couple times a week since then and have been mostly pleased.
These feel WAY better than the rental shoes when I'm bouldering (which is what I do 90% of the time). I typically wear a size 11 or 11.5 shoe, and ended up getting these in 11.5. They are a bit uncomfortable on my toes, but that just goes with the territory, I think.
Now for the smell... they were OK for a while, but my feet definitely sweat in them and eventually they got pretty bad. I absolutely recommend spraying them with something after every use to keep them nice and rosy. I have tried cleaning them once with a vinegar solution and some scrubbing, as recommended by the internet. It helped a little, but mostly they just ended up smelling like feet AND vinegar. Oh well.
So, definitely a good starter shoe. I will be upgrading at some point.
Pretty good climbing shoes
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
These are pretty good beginner shoes. I got these a few months ago and have used them regularly both indoor and out. I'm still pretty new to climbing and these are my first shoes. I mostly do indoor gym climbing a couple times a week but have used them 3 days outside, one day lead climbing at New River Gorge (which was really awesome).
I only have gym rental shoes to compare these to, but they seem descent. They're comfortable to wear for hours at a time and haven't had any issues of stinkiness. My feet do sweat in them though (since I go barefoot) and my feet seem to slide a little in them. I got a size 10.5 because I tried on the 10 and seemed way to small. Usually I would wear a 9.5 or 10 so these shoes seem to run small, go a size up.
Overall I like them, but I can see needing to upgrade in the near future for more attack, but if you're just getting into climbing and want a good shoe to start with so you don't have to rent, I'd recommend these for sure.