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Evolv Defy Lace Climbing Shoe

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    Defy your former limits on the rock.

    When you're ready to take your climbing to the next grade but you're not quite at the down-turned toes stage, step into the Evolv Defy Lace Climbing Shoe. This plush shoe uses laces, a leather footbed, and a perforated synthetic upper to keep you comfortable during long days at the crag.
    • Ultra-sticky Trax XT-5 rubber keeps you glued to desperate smears
    • Perforated synthetic upper keeps your feet from overheating
    • VTR rand increases toe support for better edging performance
    • Item #EVL0045

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Trax XT-5
    slip lasted
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 9] 9.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    gym climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Great begginer shoe, but runs small.

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

    I ordered this shoe based on the fit guide. I measured my foot and its 265mm. Ordered size 8 (260mm) for a tighter fit and I can't even put the shoe on. I ended up getting the Defy without laces in size 10 (280mm) and they are perfect for me. In every day shoes I'm a size 9. Hope this helps!

    Great price, no frills shoe

    • Fit:Runs small
    • Size Bought: 7.5

    Street shoe - 8.0
    Evolv- 7.5

    A great flat lasted shoe, with much better edging than previous versions of the defy. The midsole appears to be far stiffer, similar to the bandit lace ups.

    The shoe performs very well on all terrain, particularly edges and in cracks, comparable to the lace up Miuras. Despite the non aggressive fit, I have had zero problems on roofs or steep terrain with these shoes.

    The one downside is common among any shoes with evolv rubber - they have very poor friction on polished rock or gym holds.

    Given the low price, especially when on sale, these are great beginner or all-around shoes. The low price does not mean low performance - these have seen sends on warmups and projects up to 12+

    Much too Small

    • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9

    I ordered my son a pair of size 9's. My husband, who is a size 8, tried them on. They were so small on him that his toes curled under completely. I know they are meant to run small but this is beyond snug.

    Great practice shoe

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

    I have only recently started climbing so I got 2 different pares of evolv shoes one more aggressive and the other was the Defy. I got the Defys so I could have a pare for practice and workouts, so far the are great. My street shoe is a 7.5 so I got a 7.5 and they are a little tight but I could have went with a 7. I think this is a great product, for the gym or rocks.

    Part of falling in love

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

    I'm a new climber, but have gotten descent miles on these shoes. I can say that I absolutely love them. I read quite a few reviews before making the purchase of my very first climbing shoes. It was true what they say, these are some awesome shoes. Really well made and the laces allow for better adjustments. The shoe is tight, but not awfully painful. I got them in men's size 6.0 and my street size is women's 7.5 (Euro 38). Like any climbing shoes, they feel more comfortable after you have them on for a little while, all warmed up. They say, "spend the extra money, you'll get a much better shoe!" but this is not the case. The Defys are absolutely a steal and performs amazingly well. I have done heel and toe hooks on overhung walls and I was surprised at how sticky they were. Great on slabs and I have survived some days out on wet rock (both pictures)!
    Since I wear them with no socks and I sweat quite a bit, I have washed them a few times and that did not affect the feel of the shoe. Great buy!

    Part of falling in love

    Great all level shoe!

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

    Climbing for 9 years. Gym, sport, trad, bigwall... not so much on the bouldering No reason to climb in anything expensive in the gym-- seriously, even on the techy vertical 12s, this preforms just as well as the 180$ downturned fancy ones. Even outside, this is my goto shoe, even on projects. I've got a pair of 'all day' TC pros, my single pitch scarpa Feroce's, too tight Evolve Pontas, WAY too tight sportiva muira lace ups, and a few others, and they all just sit in the closet once I figured out that I lose no performance and gain all the comfort with the cheapo defys.

    To defeat the evolve death smell, the ultimate secret: wear socks (GASP). size for it, and embrace the judging stares. I've found thin cotton ones work great, synthetics tend to slip around a bit. No smell, ever.

    Too small

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

    I ordered my street shoe size.....I couldn't fit my foot in the left shoe (my left foot is slightly bigger) and couldn't even bear to stand on the right shoe I did get on. I'll return and plus up a full size and see how it goes.

    Great shoes that came through for me.

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

    I was concerned about the sizing, but got an excellent fit ordering at my actual size. Tight, but not painful. My second comcern was gear confidence. But never felt concerned for their hold once I was climbing. After two hours of bouldering with them, the only time I noticed any discomfort was on the gym floor.

    Great shoes that came through for me.

    Great beginner shoe

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

    I climbed in these shoes for 1.5 years in a gym environment only. 6 months at 1-2 times a week of top rope climbing and 1 year at 5 times a week bouldering. Wore a hole in both toes about 1 week ago.

    Very comfortable shoe! I wear a size 9 shoe and I fitted these at an 8.5 for a tighter fit.

    I will probably buy another pair for climbing at the gym but I am also looking for a more aggressive shoe for bouldering.

    great for your first shoe

      I run a climbing club at my school and to all the noobies I recommend shoes like these, we also rent them out so it gives them a chance to try them on cheap ( a big factor for your first shoe) not to aggressive, a lace up system for the outdoors and over all comfortable. get these or something like these until you figure out what you want more of from your climbing shoe.

      Great beginner shoe.

        First of all I believe this shoe is identical to the Evolv Defy velcro. This was my first pair of climbing shoes and they preformed great. Sure there are better shoes on the market, but these are the perfect beginner shoe. These are crazy comfortable, very durable, and will preform great on most routes. Honestly, if you are new to climbing there is no reason to spend the money on a shoe that you can not utilize. This is a great introductory pair of rock climbing shoes.

        Great beginner shoe.

        I am literally a beginner, as in one day of gear assisted climbing. I'm starting in a gym but plan to transition to outdoor come better weather. Will this shoe handle that transition well?

        Best Answer

        I would think these would be a great shoe to start out with. Chances are these are going to last longer than many shoes as your transitioning to outdoor. Anything too agressive is going to wear out too quickly so I'd recommend these or something like them till you get a little more comfortable.


        If you're just starting out climbing, these are the shoes to go with. It is very common for folks to start climbing and blow through their first pair of shoes due to bad footwork. I have an older pair of defy's that I climbed in all last winter in the gym and used for a few months outside on sport and trad climbs. I've put a lot of routes of them and used them in the gym other day since I'm trying to save the mileage on a pair of slippers that I have. But my Defy's are about to blow out in the toes after TONS of climbing, so I more than got my monies worth.

        If you plan to get into outdoor climbing shortly after starting up in the gym, then it might be a good idea to opt for this laced pair rather than the standard velcro Defy's that most folks get for the gym.

        Call or email with any questions!

        Jared D.

        Expert Gearhead

        800.409.4502 ext 4055

        Do these smell as wonderful as the...

        Do these smell as wonderful as the velcro?

        Are these mens sizes?

        Are these mens sizes?

        I just ordered a pair of these in a size 7.0 because I am female and wear a size 8.5, and because i was told they were mens sizes. The shoes were much too small, couldn't fit my foot in at all, and my sive seven footed friend could fit in them perfectly shoes, so NO, THESE ARE NOT IN MENS SIZES. THEY ARE IN WOMENS SIZES.