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As part of Chris Sharma's signatures series, the super-tight Evolv Prime SC Climbing Shoe gives you uncompromising performance on steep sport climbs and techy boulder problems. Sharma designed the Prime with a down-cambered last and a symmetrical toe box for maximum power transmission on overhanging terrain.

  • Trax rubber over the toe for more secure hooking on steep terrain
  • Hook-and-loop closure for easy on and off
  • Perforated tongue increases ventilation
  • Cotton lining reduces stretch and keeps this shoe from outgrowing your foot
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Working great!

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

I wear a 10.5 street shoe and bought these in 11.5. Absolutely perfect fit! Snug toes, but the way they should be for climbing. Never had one slip on the wall. Wish I could say the same about my hands. Fantastic buy for me!

Small. Cut toes. dont stretch a lot.

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

Great bouldering shoe kill your feet.

But The SC prime shoes doesn't fit at all. Runs super small... Ordered those shoes for my brother as a present. He wears shoes a size bigger from mine. so I ordered a size up from my street shoes, and GUESS WHAT. it won't even fit me well. It's a pain when u try to stand on small holds.

Come on guys! At least label it in the description!!! Now i have to get a new pair for him because he needs to compete with shoes that actually fit him.

43 Sc prime vs. 41 La sportiva in picture.

Small. Cut toes. dont stretch a lot.

It's always frustrating when shoes don't fit out of the box. However the comparison in the photo is not a great one, the prime is an aggressive shoe designed to be asymmetrical, and down turned at the toe for increased performance. The sportiva shown has a neutral fit and is really designed for no more than vertical terrain and beggining climbers. Shoes this different will never fit the same, the prime does however fit very similar to the La Sportiva Miura VCS as a suggested comparison

Good, but not great

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

I just bought these shoes a few weeks prior, and I've used them about 10 times to date.

First impressions:

They fit nice, and look good. I wear a US10 in the Pontas, so I sized up to a 10.5 in the Prime SC (10.5 street shoe). I do have to ensure that the toenails are clipped or else it is a painful climb due to the down turn of the shoe.


Delivers good power on boulder problems. helped me jump a grade in the gym (V5 to V6).

Comfortable inner materiel.

Good shape.


Snugging up the straps is difficult. The tongue flaps are WAY too big, so the material has no where to go. I really have to work with the tongue when cinching up the straps.

Very easy to over tighten straps.

The tick rubber will last, but there is a lack of sensitivity.

All in all, I do like them very much, just a few things to be aware of before purchasing them. I also got them at a 50% discount, so that certainly effects my opinion on them. Good shoe if you can get them at a sale price.

Happy Climbing!

Not Perfect, but Pretty Good.

    I have mixed feelings about this shoe. I really like the construction. The perforated material, lining, and lack of loose strings are excellent, far better than most Evolv shoes I've used. I also was impressed by the rubber coverage on the toe and sides. This shoes edge well and is absolutely brilliant on overhanging routes.

    However, there are some drawbacks. The strap closest to the toe is not very durable. It is already starting to come apart after a few weeks of use. Also, the surface of the rubber was not sanded off before leaving the factory, making the shoes very slick for the first couple of uses. However, my biggest complaint is the fit. These shoes, though they performed well, are not good for a narrow foot. Even though I went with a very tight fit, I have to pull the straps much farther than they were intended to go. . This causes the tongue to bunch up and become uncomfortable and annoying. There is almost an inch of strap sticking out from the side of my foot, just waiting to get caught on something. The toe box is also a bit too wide, and allows for too much lateral movement for my taste.

    Overall, I like this shoe. It climbs very well, even though it is a bit uncomfortable. It's not perfect but I'll take it. I'll update later after a few months of use.

    NOTE: Evolvs generally run a half size small. I went with a full size up from my Anasazi's, and they fit snug, but I could fit in a half size smaller, but it would be very painful.

    Excellent shoe - size up!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This is an excellent shoe! I would not call it the best aggressive climbing shoe out there, nor would I say Evolve Trax is the best rubber on the Market; however, this is an excellently designed shoe that is my workhorse in the gym.

    The rubber is thick, I have been wearing it 3+ days per week in the gym for the past 2 months and have not had any signs of needing to resole and I can trust these shoes on dime edges and the heel is solid for overhanging routes.

    There is one caveat to this shoe, the sizing is not comparable to any other shoe you would buy. I have a 9.5 street shoe and size down 1-2 full sizes on all my climbing shoes; however, with this shoe, I purchased a 9.5 and I wish I had gone with a 10. The shoes will soften a bit, hence the reason I am still using them, but they do not stretch at all and instead of these forming to my foot, I feel like my foot has formed to the shoes.I also have mortons toe and this would not have been an issue with the 10's, but it took a few weeks before my feet got to the point they could tolerate the shoe.

    Would I buy this shoe again, definitely! However, I would go with the 10.








    Underrated Route Killers.

      The new Primes (SC and Lace up) have found their way into my regular rotation of climbing shoes, performing solidly on footwork intensive boulder problems, as well as long, technical face climbing.

      Quick Background on reviewer - 10 years climbing experience, 6 years professional coaching experience. Climbing in the 5.13 range.

      Shoe Pros -

      - crazy amount of rubber coverage, it's almost like a lightweight rubber sock pointed forward. Any angle you can place your foot on the rock has the capability to stick well.
      - semi-symmetrical last provides a good step of power across the first two toes. Edging and smearing are solid, and heel and toe hooking are baller.
      - Nice construction; feels like it will last a lot of abuse.

      Could be better -

      - longer break in time than shoes with less rubber. First few sessions have these feeling tight and stiff. Break in to be comfortable and much softer, but the first few sessions are foot squeezy.

      - Enough rubber coverage that it can make the foot sweat some on long routes.

      Can you comment on sizing comparative to other shoes? Are they similar sizing to the Predators or closer the the Evo/Pontas which seem to run 1/2 - 1 size larger than the Predators for the same numerical size?

      Also how are they wearing?

      Sizing - I went a 1/2 size up from the Pontas,which is also the exact same as the sizing I use on the Shamans (so a 9.5 Pontas and a 10 Prime both fit me about the exact same). About the same as a 41.5 Testarossa or Solution. (Street shoe size for me is 10.5/44 Euro).

      After the first several of sessions breaking in, the upper+rubber def starting molding well to create a good space for the big toe knuckle.

      Wear - still pretty new (only been using them for a few months), but construction seems solid. The rubber hasn't really worn down that much, but the shoe has softened up decently - (guess this also depends on personal preference for how soft you like your shoes).

      Hope that helps.