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It doesn't have to hurt.

The Evolv Defy Climbing Shoe gives you a snug fit without the pain associated with climbing shoes. Super-sticky Trax XT-5 rubber keeps you glued to the rock, and the side vents help keep your feet cooler to avoid nasty, sweaty clamminess.
  • Ultra-sticky Trax XT-5 rubber for excellent performance
  • Hook-and-loop closure makes it quick and easy to put on your shoes and send
  • Padded, perforated tongue for added comfort

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4 5

My first real shoe

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

I ordered these after getting advice from a friend and jumped on the sale. They arrived very quickly and I raced to the gym to check them out. They're very easy to slip on and off, have strong base, and no problems with heel hooks in them. Unfortunately, they don't appear to have much padding, so some chips do kind of hurt. I have also gotten a few blisters on the top of my big toe while using this. I assume this is just not being familiar with new shoes, but I can't say for sure. Seem like a nice dependable shoe that I've enjoyed using.

4 5

Good shoe for the money. Sizes vary.

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

I knew this shoe had good (not great) reviews for being a budget-friendly entry level climbing shoe but I was hesitant to order online due to the sizing issues. I tried a friend's shoe on and then had a better guess as to what size I needed. I ended up ordering two sizes up from my street shoe and it worked great. I haven't had an issues with smell, although my feet do sweat a bit after about three hours or so. I always make sure to air out all my gear after each use, which I think helps a lot. I would recommend this shoe.

4 5

Dont listen to others.. Size down!

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

I've worn defys for 8+ years, and gone through more pairs of them than I can count. I have slightly wide feet, but I have always sized one full size down. My street shoe is 8.5, and my defys are 7.5. They will hurt in the beginning, but you'll get over it. Theyre Velcro, so just rip em off after each route. They will stink, but a decent amount of warm water, normal dish soap, and a buttload of scrubbing/rubbing and they will smell like new (do this once a month or so). But yea, air them out always to prevent stank.

4 5

Great beginners shoe

This is my second pair of climbing shoes and I bought these as a less aggressive shoe that I can wear all day bouldering. I sized these up a half size compared to my 5.10's and they fit great(but someone with a wider/larger foot may need to go up a full size). I haven't had any real trouble with the shoes smelling terrible after use though i generally use merino socks when i can (naturally antimicrobial). I would highly recommend these to any beginner climbers not looking to spend to much or who don't need an aggressive shoe.

5 5

Perfect for a Beginner

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

I just started gym and outdoor climbing, and these are perfect for me. I got them at a steal of a price, I've taken them outdoors and indoors and they seem extremely durable. And I don't have the serious stank problem others have mentioned. These do run small though (even smaller than climbing shoes are supposed to), I wear a size 10 normally but bought a 11.5. They fit nice and tight. Highly recommend these to any beginner who doesn't want to destroy their bank account

5 5

These shoes come at least one size small

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

I am usually a size 10/10.5 shoes that are loose fitting. I read that these shoes are pretty tight or small so i got the 10.5 since they are loose on my to begin with. These shoes ended up being too tight anyway, so I am exchanging it for the 11.

Otherwise I loved the feel and quality of the shoes.

Is men sizes or women size? I'm a 6.5 for...

Posted on

Is men sizes or women size? I'm a 6.5 for women. What size should I be?

Responded on

Hey Anna,

The Defy being a men's shoe are listed in men's sizing. If you wear a 6.5 in women's shoes then you would want to get these in a size 5.

The Elektra is the women's specific version of this shoe. It's not just women's colors but actually designed to fit the specific shape of a women's foot.

http://www.backcountry.com/evolv-elektra-climbing-shoe-2009-womens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6ZXZvbHY6MToxNTpldm9sdg&skid=EVL000F-VI-S7

2 5

Why are these so small....

  • Fit: Runs small

I have yet to try these shoes because I have bought THREE sizes, and they are all too small. I am normally a 10-10.5 foot, with totally average feet other than maybe being slightly wide. I bought a size 10.5 and 11 at the same time, assuming one would fit. Nope. I had to curl my big toe a lot to even stuff my foot in the 11 (not even close on the 10.5). So I bought an 11.5 and they are STILL too small. What is the deal?? Am I the only one having this problem? The next size up I can find is a 12.5, but I bet these will be too big. Extremely frustrating, I have now bought 4 pairs and have had to return 3. Not fun.

Responded on

I'm not sure if you have ever had any experience buying climbing shoes but judging by your comments above i'm going to assume you have not. Please remember climbing shoes are not meant to be comfortable like running shoes ( if they are then they are too large) they are meant to provide a snug fit without being painful.

4 5

Radness for cheapness

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

Great shoes, relatively well constructed. They're my first climbing shoe, so my expectations were pretty open. They seem to work well, but they're a little snug, so maybe I should've gotten a full size larger (I got the 7.5 when I normally wear a size 7 shoe).

2 5

Stink to High Heaven!

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

These make great beginner shoes, they are made to fit an average foot and they don't have too many fancy features but boy do they start to smell after a while. Normally in the gym you can smell them before you can spot them. I think it's the Synthratek material in the shoe. Personally, I prefer La Sportiva shoes 1) because my second toe is longer than my big toes, so it fits better, and 2) the leather they use in La Sportiva shoes is superior and can handle even the stinkest of feet.

4 5

Great Starter Shoe

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

You can't get a better bang for your buck for a starter shoe than these. They fit true to size (but they will stretch over time) and are very comfortable. Edging and overall effective toe area is limited, but once again, these are for learning the basics. When you can start pulling on V4's for bouldering and lead climbing 5.11's consistently then it's time to upgrade. Until then, enjoy learning in relative comfort (for climbing shoes) and ease of slipping on and off quickly (velcro straps). The only bad thing about these shoes...they smell....terrible! I do not have smelly feet, but man these shoes get rank...baking soda, spray, etc...nothing works. so just make sure to keep em outside to air out overnight (or two) after climbing and bring them in a bag.

3 5

beginner shoe

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

dont last very long

5 5

Perfect for my needs

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Basic shoe, perfect for my needs (I am an indoor climber that climbs every once in awhile). Plus... I got everyone saying "Oh..he got the velcros!"

5 5

CLIMB YOUR WAY TO THE TOP!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I loooove these climbing shoes, I normally take a 6.5-7.0 in womens shoes (regular shoes) I can fit into a 5.5 or a 6 in these and my feet are still happy.

Depending on how aggressive you are with you climbing, I'd recommend sizing down at least a half size, but a full size might be more beneficial to you.

Since they're a synthetic material versus full leather, they wont stretch much, if at all. So if you're not comfortable with the size you've got right out of the box, then definitely exchange them.

4 5

great first shoe

we rent these out, among other shoes, at the climbing wall I work at. they seem to stay together pretty well. I'd say the best things about them are the price and the Velcro, for beginners who do most of their climbing in the gym (Velcro is nice) and are not sure they want to commit 140 + dollars to a shoe they may stop wearing in a few months (not vury espensive)

5 5

First pair

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I was recommend these by a friend and they seem to be OK for a beginner such as myself.

4 5

good first pair

Like other reviewers, this was my first pair of climbing shoes. They work great! Nice, sticky rubber gives good hold on friction climbs. Velcro closures are comfortable. I would size these as you would your normal tennis shoes. I went a half size down and they are just a bit on the snug side.

4 5

First Pair

As a new climber I wanted something was aggressive, but still comfortable. The shoe has worked for what I do and as I become better I might get a more aggressive style, or I might just get these ones again.

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