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The Evolv Pontas Climbing Shoe—straight from Chris Sharma's mind to your feet.

With a design influenced by Chris Sharma, Evolv created the first signature-series climbing shoes, the Pontas. Chris needed a piece of precision footwear to send his deep water soloing project “Es Pontas,” and Evolv brought him the goods with a sticky TRAX XT-5 sole and a stretch-resistant Synthratek synthetic upper. The Pontas Climbing Shoe takes on the most technically demanding boulder problems and sport climbs with ease. And deep water soloing—it does that too.

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4 5

just not the same anymore. . .

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are one of my favorite outdoor shoes for their comfort, precision, and grippyness both in the toe, heel, and rand rubber. That being said, the 2.0's that came out are not the same. The sizing in them is different from the older model as well as the fit in the toebox, and arch. I have high arches, and a smaller heel and do not have morton's toe. I tried and tested the new pontas in hopes of capturing for me what the original pontas held, but alas.

To each is own, and I know plenty of people that swear by the newer model 2.0's.

I have 9.5 inch feet and got these in a comfy/precise 8.0

Hi all, i've read through all the comments...

Hi all, i've read through all the comments but there doesn't seem to be a consistent answer out there for my question. I wear street size shoe 8.5 and i have morton's toe (2nd toe a bit longer than 1st). Can any of you experts out there give me some suggestion as to what size i should get for these climbing shoes? i am a beginner by the way, climbed 5.8 or 5.9 with difficulty.

Best Answer Responded on

I would actually just stick with my street shoe size on these as they will not stretch much at all and because they aren't super aggressive you will be able to more or less keep your feet flat in them and not irritating your morton's toe.

3 5

Size Up

At least a half size, maybe a full one. I typically wear a men's 13, the 13.5s curl my toes to a point where using the shoe causes hotspots and blisters.

4 5

Great shoe, murders toes

Great shoe, asymmetric toe box gives lots of power and is very precise. I wear a 9 in my old Moccasyms, and I tried some Defys on at my local REI to get some ideas about sizing. Decided on a 9.5 for these and not sure if it was a great choice yet. Been in them almost a week now (climbing everyday) and while they are very precise, they absolutely murder my toes. My Moccasyms did too for about a week or two, but not quite this bad. Hoping they give juuuuust a little, then they'd be perfect. Be warned, if you have a Morton's Toe like myself, you may consider looking into a SYMMETRIC toe box or at least take it into consideration when sizing. Big difference from the Moccasyms performance wise tho, much more aggressive and solid, edging is worlds better. When I need to get a route I throw these on.
Ill try and update once I break them in all the way

5 5

wrong size

I wear 10 in street shoes and got 9.5 in these. Just arrived today and they were extremely tight which was very disappointing. I am returning them and getting 10s. The heel was very comfortable though. I do have wide feet but my toes seemed crunched. Cant wait to get the 10s by friday and try them out.

5 5

Great shoes!

Only been climbing for a few months but these shoes are extremely comfortable and versatile. I would definitely recommend them!

4 5

Decent shoe

Had to return the 9.5 -- too big, but got 9 from the cleareance arm of BC, and it is a near perfect fit. Little toe hurts a bit, but overall it feels fine. As it is a new shoe for me, I can't testify on its long term "goodness", but it definetly feels a bit better then my MadRock (Joker) it replaced. Comparing it to the Prime I bought at the same time, Pontas need to be 1/2 size smaller then street shoes, while Prime seem to be OK if you match size (read: I got the Prime in 9, and it hurts!!!! :)

Responded on

I got my Primes a 1/2 size down from street and Pontas 1 and 1/2 sizes down from street.

I wear a 9.5 and the 8.0 Pontas are working pretty well for me right now.

4 5

Good Shoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

-Fit to my foot great after only 5 days of climbing
-Very precise on the wall
-Velcro!! Easy on, easy off
-Not too flat, not too aggressive. Perfect all-around shoe. I used it for bouldering and lead with no problems

-Smell! I just poured baking soda in each shoe from time to time and left it overnight..took the majority of the smell out.
-The toe on mine wore off faster than my previous shoes. I tried to resole with a Stealth Paint kit but that never really works.

This is a perfect all-around shoe for the climber that has moved past the beginner level and is looking to continue in the sport. I have since replaced them with La Sportiva Muira shoes.

5 5

Great shoe, bad smell

I wear street size 11.5, my Pontas are size 11. Fits like I want it to with minimal stretch over the last 5 months. Only negative is the smell which is manageable for the first few weeks, but only the first few weeks.

Responded on

Every pair of Evolv's I've owned smell terrible after a while, until I started using foot powder. Get some at your local Walmart or other department store. Sprinkle a little in your shoes before every session. If you use too much you get a slimy film inside but if you take it easy the film doesn't get too bad, and is much better than the alternative.

Responded on

Have read several comments on the offensive smell she shoes are capable of producing, but I have a very simple solution. My pair was to the point that I was embarrassed to even wear them around the non-showering gym hippies, but being a vegan shoe they can be thrown in the washer. I throw mine in on cold with normal detergent and usually a set of towels. Set them out to dry over night and viola. I found this trick late into the life of my shoes, but from the positive results I've had I can only imagine it to work better the sooner you get to them. It has not affected the rubber, does not damage the material, and brings back the original radiant yellow they had when you first open the box. Had planned on never buying another pair of evolvs cause of the smell, but this bit of advice has changed my mind.

5 5

love them!

Ive been climbing for about 8 or 10 months now, its July now, and my first pair of shoes were the Evolv Defy VTR... i wear a size 11 in regular tennis shoes and when i got the VTR's i bought them in a 10.5 (which stretched to about a size 11-11.5... i have come to like my shoes tighter for heel hooks and more "overhangy" routes, so i went and got some of these Pontas in a size 10. these shoes are GREAT! they do stretch (as all Evolvs do) more than i would like but the edging is great in these shoes. I try my best not to smear too much to save the rubber, but i have climbed in these shoes 3-5 days a week for about 4 months inside and outside and the fit is perfect (while just barely loose in the toe box but NO heel slippage) and the rubber on the toe is still in great shape. the back of the heel is quite high and snug and when i first got them i had blisters on the back of my feet on my achilles but the shoes broke in very well and that is all gone now.i wouldn't recommend these as a FIRST shoe (kinda pricy and break in took a while), but they are a great shoe for me climibng V2s and 3s in the gym and outside.

5 5

My favorite shoes!

These are by far my favorite pair of climbing shoes I own. I've had a few pairs, and will continue to at least have one pair of Pontas' in my shoe arsenal. The fit is great, and they are super precise when sized right. I wear mine 2 sizes down, and find them to work perfectly for almost anything. The heel for me is a hair baggy, because I have a small heel, but this disappears when I throw down a heel hook. Steep bouldering, sport climbing, and a bit of trad climbing (DON'T JAM IN THESE! YOU WILL BE SORRY IF YOU DOWNSIZED A LOT!) These shoes will not let me down! I do find the rubber does wear a little fast, but I get a solid 8-10 months out of a pair, climbing consistently a few times a week.

4 5


Make sure you get the right size if you are ordering these. I got a pair of them the other day & they fit everywhere except the heel. The heel isn't tight at all & I have to wear like two socks >.

5 5

Great so far!

I have just got done breaking them in. They are awesome for micro sized footholds and have great grip! They definitely do smell but I haven't had a pair of climbing shoes that haven't yet. I have heard they the shoes don't last long so I might be writing another review in a month or so.

Does anyone who owns this shoe have a...

Does anyone who owns this shoe have a narrow foot? And if so how does it work for them, I've been told evolv are meant for cavemen like feet.

Best Answer Responded on

if you have narrow feet, just buy sportiva

Responded on

i have narrower feet and own an evlov defy, which is basically the same shoe. and they work extremely well for me

Pontas on some Squamish granite

Pontas on some Squamish granite

Not the best for delicate edging - a bit to soft IMO.

4 5

Good all arounder

I really like these shoes. These are only my second pair of climbing shoes and I normally climb about once a week. They are decently stiff and super sticky. The synthetic fabric holds its shape well but evolv's synthetic fibers also hold in odor worse than any other type of shoes. I normally have to scrub my feet for a solid 5 minutes in the shower to get the smell off of them. I would consider myself to have normal feet and don't sweat excessively. Stink aside these shoes are totally worth purchasing. I wear a size 11 street size and bought a 10.5 in these babies. If I were to get more hardcore into bouldering I would go down to a 10 but for all around recreational climbing 10.5 works perfect for me.

4 5

Pretty good if it's on the right foot

I would like to preface this review by saying that I have somewhat difficult feet to fit. I have a wide toe-box, arches so high I have even impressed a podiatrist (with an instep to match), a normal to narrow heel, and toes that are naturally knuckled over. That being said, the Pontas fits me pretty okay. The forefoot is not that wide, so those of you out there with wide toe-boxes should steer clear of this shoe if possible - when edging I'm often on the rand as much as the sole because my foot hangs over. Being that the shoes are velcro closure, they actually fit pretty decent in the arch/instep area. My biggest complaint is probably the heel, which is super baggy on me. I don't know if anyone out there actually has heels that can fill out the gaping pouch in these shoes, but the heels seem pretty disproportionate to the rest of the shoe to me.Okay, fit aside, let's talk about performance. The rubber is nice and sticky out of the box, but I didn't feel it was anything to write home about. This, coupled with the fact that it has worn out pretty fast (admittedly, I don't always have the most beautiful footwork though), makes the rubber a bone of contention for me. The shoe is kinda stiff, but not really the greatest of support. I tried on some Scarpa Feroces, and the difference in front-pointing ability was night and day. The Pontas is pretty solid for smearing, but edging on small chips leaves something to be desired due to softness of the rubber. As for the smell, just put some Goldbond powder in there after you're done climbing and it should hold off most of the odor.Overall, a very decent all-around shoe, depending on your foot type, just not the best for me.

2 5

Nice shoe, shoddy craftsmanship

I wore through a pair of the Defys (size 10) in about 4 months of heavy abuse and moved on to a pair of the Pontas (size 9). They fit much better with the size down and climb much better, but I think that can partially be attributed to the lack of mesh padding on top of the foot in the Pontas. Anyways, the toe rubber is splitting on one of the shoes after just 8 uses (6 indoor, 2 outdoor). Do I have bad footwork? Definitely. But my footwork is slightly better than when I climbed in the Defys and they took 50+ wears to get the same type of splitting in the toe.