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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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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?

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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.

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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.

5 5

Great beginner shoes.

Got these shoes when I was just getting into climbing, and they're still going strong after a few years. I wear a 6.5 shoe and bought these in a 5.5, and it's a tight but comfortable fit.

after a couples months of use and since...

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after a couples months of use and since not being able to wear socks with climbing shoes, i noticed they started to smell. is there anyway to kind of get rid of the odor? i dont want to get rid of these shoes cause they still have a lot of life in them still

Responded on

I've had good luck just using baking soda in my shoes to remove foot odor. Apply enough to get most of the interior lightly coated and just continue to wear them as usual. It will take a little while to get rid of the smells, but it should get them out after a couple times wearing them. There are also sprays available from most sporting goods stores to remove odors, but I haven't found one that did more than masked the smell.

Responded on

also, stuff newspaper or papertowel in them overnight after wearing them to help soak up moisture.

4 5

Worked for me

These lasted for about 2 years of 2-3x/week use outside for the half year climbing season around here. I don't get too crazy, moderate trad and no higher than 5.10 sport, and they worked well for me. The toes wore out pretty quickly, though that may have had more to do with my stellar (hah) footwork than the shoes. Comfortable right out of the box, and I never noticed the stink that people below mentioned (and my feet are usually pretty ripe). There are better shoes out there but for the price I was pleased.

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