Women’s specific shoe for premium comfort and performance.
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- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have had these shoes for four years now. I used them frequently at the beginning and then took about a two year hiatus. I began climbing again here recently and pulled them from the back of the closet and they're just as good as when I used them previously.
I like to wear my shoes slightly tight but not super tight unlike most people and these feel great. The velcro makes removal between climbs convenient and putting them on is a breeze. I haven't noticed any sort of a smell, and they have been worn both indoors and out in nature. I wouldn't recommend these for extended climbs because they are not comfortable to wear for a long time.
The fact that they are purple is just a bonus for me.
- Gender: Female
I only use these shoes for indoor use. I am a size 6.5 in street shoes and I got these in a 5.5. They stretched out a bit and I noticed that I still have a tiny bit of room in the heel. These shoes are very basic but they are definitely a good first climbing shoe but it is not ideal for heel hooking, the rubber isn't sticky and they start to smell after a bit of use. These shoes are are decent but they are so flat and I want a more aggressive shoe now! If you are a beginning to climb, get these shoes but if you're an experienced climber, these are probably not for you.
I bought this shoe when I first started getting into climbing. For not knowing too much how the fit was supposed to be, I was really happy with how my feet felt after my first climbs.
At first I was only using them at indoor rock gyms but they proved to hold up outdoors as well. They didn't seem to need much time to be broken in - but instead were a great feel right out of the box. The velcro is comfortable and quick - especially when you're ready to get those bad boys off at the end of a climbing session. Still haven't tested them on more than beginner to intermediate outdoor climbs.
I agree with the consensus of great beginner shoe.
I bought these for my 8 year old son who has been climbing for 2 years now. Because they are womens, they come in smaller sizes. He's never complained about his feet hurting and he crushes. I recommend them.
I picked these up for my wife. Evolv shoes are said to have a short break in period due to non-stretch uppers. Wife liked these pretty well right out of the box. The method of soft wrapped material and velcro over the top of the foot is very comfortable.
Wife and I are returning to climbing after years away from the sport. She is not a super aggressive climber. Great all around shoe.
I have some Evolv Bandits that I had to pick up elsewhere because Backcountry does not carry the SC(Velcro) version. I wish they did. It is a fantastic shoe. SC(Velcro version) is great for sport, bouldering and gym climbing where you may want to remove your shoes more often. The lace-up version seems pretty quick and the laces shouldn't be a deal breaker; but, I prefer the velcro given a choice.
While I love climbing and do it whenever I can, my wife does not. She climbs very casually and just does it to enjoy with me. She loves this shoe and will probably never own any other shoe. It has a solid sole and snug fit without losing comfort. Great buy.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
I bought these for my sister in law. She's a beginner climber and they are perfect for her. However, I think they will continue to be perfect for her as she gets better. Best selling women's shoe for a reason.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are GREAT shoes for the price! I wanted a pair of velcros for the gym, and these were less expensive, so I got 'em. I LOVE them because of the fit! They all around good shoes but I really like them because have fairly narrow feet and a narrow heal and these shoes fit like a glove!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Great for beginners because they're not as expensive and they last a while. They do stretch out (like all climbing shoes do), so try a half size smaller. If this is your first pair of climbing shoes, don't be afraid to get your exact size until you get used to climbing. The more experienced you get, the smaller your shoe sizes will get and the more expensive.
Definitely not the most aggressive shoe in the world - but I love these for all around climbing...I prefer them for bouldering mostly, but they do great in all types of climbing. I recommend these for a great starter/intermediate shoe to get a feel for what you want.
just bought these for my lady friend. she seems to love them so far. she wears a 7.5 in normal street shoe sizes and these seem to run true to that.
I got these as my first pair of climbing shoes several months ago. So far I love them!
-True to size
-Quick to break in!
-Huge difference in performance from the rentals I'd been using.
I only started climbing a month before I invested in my own gear. I knew I would be using the shoe primarily for gym climbing, and as a beginner I figured it would be wise to go with a less agressive shoe.
I've now owned these Evolvs for over a month, and I climb in them about three days a week. Though they are generally a good shoe (better than the rentals I was using), I have a few problems with them.
First, the shoes put a lot of stress on my big toes. I often find that my toes are so sore that I cannot fully bend them, something that I've never experienced before. The shoe fits me appropriately, so I don't think this is a fit issue but maybe a style issue. I have a fairly flat foot that isn't particularly wide, but I don't think the shoe is suited to my foot type.
Secondly, the shoes are completely flat. I thought that this would be appropriate for a beginner shoe, but there have been several times when I have wished I had a more aggressive shoe to be able to balance on tiny holds or provide some extra leverage. I will say that the only good part of having a flat shoe is the ability to smear.
I'm rating the Elektra 4 stars because I think it's a good shoe--comfortable enough, made well, etc. I just don't think it is all that effective if you are trying to really challenge yourself on new, difficult climbs.
I've been bouldering indoors with these shoes almost every day for 2 weeks now. I am usually a 7.5 to 8 in women's and ordered both 7&8 and the 7's were tiny and the 8s were also really snug I almost considered a bigger size. Initially with the 8's my toes were curled at the top of the shoe. Now they have certainly stretched even though the box claims they won't. Maybe the shoes are a little looser than I would like now, I have some extra room behind my heel and can wiggle my toes a bit but overall it is a very comfortable shoe that I can get a good grip with. I didn't get any blisters wearing these shoes. I have narrow feet and high arches and the velcro straps really help get the shoe on just right. It's great having a smaller toe to wedge into spaces and I have been using my feet a lot more with climbing now!
Relatively new to climbing. Have used these outside and in, they are holding up great, fit well, couldn't ask for a better climbing shoe!
Hi, I was wondering if these elektra's are the new model or the old model? I am desperately looking for the old model 2010 since the new style doesn't fit me
These are the 2011 model. Check the elektras out on Evolv's website... they're on closeout for $39!!!
I have super narrow feet and these shoes rock! I can crank the velcro super tight and not worry. A really great beginners shoe and not too bad on the pocket book. I have not noticed that the shoes stink as some others have said, but maybe they will after a few more climbs. Also love the purple color.
I'm a first time climber and these shoes work great. I have yet to try them outside, but love them in the gym so far. They don't smell as bad as people say (yet). I also love the color!