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Claw away at your favorite projects with the Talon G2.

For the edge you need to send that problem, lace up the Evolv Talon G2. When you’re white-knuckling a sliver of crimper, the highly adhesive TRAX XT-5 high friction rubber adheres to the rock while the aggressive toe and edge profile allows you to tiny-toe even the smallest nubs of foothold. When you wear the Talon all day, the perforated upper with mesh tongue enhance breathability so your partner can still stand the smell of you on the ride back from the crag.

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3 5

Aggressive shoe with durability concerns

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a pair of these shoes last spring and have done mostly indoor climbing. I bought them a full size up from my street shoe size and found them considerably more comfortable than my 5.10 Blackwings (my previous pair, which just KILLED my feet), but just as aggressive. My only complaint with the feel (and this is a small one) is that my feet got sweatier in this pair of shoes than previous shoes. Still, I didn't experience the funk that other posters are complaining about, so no real issues there. In the first month I would have given the shoe an easy 5 stars for the comfortable toe and heel hooking.

My one concern is that I experienced that massive toe blow out that a couple other reviewers mentioned after just a couple of months of climbing 2-3 times per week. It was weird - it went from zero to HUGE over the course of one day of climbing and was the foot I don't generally wear down soles on. It seems like the glue holding the rubber to the rand just totally became un-adhered. I chalked it up to leaving the shoes in the hot car one too many times but wonder if it isn't just the shoe now that I see other people have had the same issue.

3 5

Great shoe, nasty material

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

I'm a size 9 in nikesbs and I ordered an 8.5. Hurts like hell to put on but the shoe sticks to the rock. Downside is the material used in the shoe. I had it for about 3 months of weekly climbing before the smell came. I tried washing, soaking, baking soda, odor eliminators, etc, but that smell never came out. On a level of 1-10 the smell would be around an 8. It was so bad I couldn't take it into a gym or be in the proximity of other climbers. 10 ft rule around me when I climbed with those shoes on. I ended up throwing them away cause they stank. 5 stars for performance, 1 star for the smell...averages to a 3 star shoe.

3 5

EXTRA tight

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

These things fit SUPER tight. I have a low volume foot that is wide up front (my first 4 toes are within about a cm in length, my longest being my second toe), so shoe definitely fit odd. I wear a 265 ski boot, and 265-270 street shoe (so 8.5-9). 265 is usually not super tight. In a scarpa climbing shoe, I wear 265/41.5, which is moderately tight on the outside toes until broken in. In a 5.10, it's the same deal except a half size smaller.

I bought these in 9/270. They are unbearable on my left foot (it likes to swell a little more than my right) and what I would call excessively tight on my right. I am not a wuss when it comes to shoes and boots - I like my ski boots snug as they can fit, and my running shoes the same. I've been in racing inline skate boots that are full carbon and have zero give. However, these things take the cake as the tightest thing I've had to put on my feet.They curl my three smallest toes quite badly, and the big toes are pressed firmly against the front. I was afraid of breaking the rear tabs when pulling them on. I haven't tried the 9.5, but I assume it would still be quite tight. Lesson is, get these AT LEAST a size bigger, maybe 1.5 sizes, unless you have unusually slender feet. Even then, you'd still probably want to jump up half a size.

They are synthetic, so I doubt they will stretch much. I wore them for 30 minutes while sitting and realized that even if they stretched a ton, they'd still probably kill my small toes. I am returning them ASAP. However, the shoe seems quite nice and well suited for bouldering and steep over hanging climbs, just from having it in hand.

Based on it's crazy tight fit, I have to dock it 2 stars. Evolv's size guide says a 270mm foot will fit in a size 9, and I'm calling total bull

3 5

Tight fit

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

I ordered the evolv talon g2 from backcountry.com. I ordered them in size 8.5 mens, I wear a street shoe of 9-9.5. Returned them for the right size they did not have in stock , so I decided to go with the evolv defy lace rock shoes, I tell you what I am glad I went with the defy rock shoes because they are badass. I have had them for 2 months and they get a workout and they still look brand new.

4 5

Tight fit for any sort of wider feet

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

They look amazing, the material feels great, but boy you better have a D or narrower foot.

I wear 11.5-4E--I am completely flat-footed so it makes it a bit of a pain to find normal street shoes, let alone climbing shoes. Usually to compensate I just go up a size to account for a wider toe-box. So, with that said I grabbed a 12.0. With a wider profile I should have went with a 12.5. My toes did have overlap and I could definitely see the concern with the pinky toes destroying the material over a few climbs.

With that said, I'd imagine if you have a D-wide or narrower these would feel absolutely awesome.

2 5

Wears quickly

Shoes were perfect right after they got broken in, then one of the toes blew out catastrophically like another commenter said. Lasted almost 2 months in the gym for me. To be fair, I usually wear the one foot out faster than the other but they still didn't last long.

3 5

Nice shoe, too small

They are a nice shoe but they run WAY too small. I got a pair in 9.5 and ended up letting my female climbing partner wear them, and she said they were almost too small for her too. I'm bummed, they're nice shoes and they would be perfect if they fit true.

5 5

awesome shoe

Pros: A great climbing shoe, perfectly down turned. Together with the solid toe I'm able to feel sure footed on even foot holds.

Cons: They are a tight shoe. I had to put shoe stretchers in them for a week before I could comfortable wear them for a climb. But after that an using them they have stretched out nicely and fit perfectly

4 5

Sizing

For those wrestling with the sizing on these... I wear a street shoe size 9.5 or 10.0. Picked up a pair of the 10.0 Talons--they were about one full size too small (sizing for comfort over performance). I could climb in them but it was incredibly painful. Ended up picking up a pair of the Evolv Quest AF's from a local climbing shop. Oddly enough, 10.0's in the Quest fit me perfectly--comfortable enough to wear multi hours.

2 5

Great performance, poor construction

I've had these shoes for a little under three months now. I sized up a full size from my street size, but after breaking them in I probably only needed to size up a half size. They fit amazingly and I they edged better than any other shoe I had owned. Unfortunately, the rubber split at the seams on the toes of one of the shoes, and the rubber appears as if it was not affixed to the rand. I'm currently in the process of trying to repair the shoe, but we'll see how that goes.

2 5

Feel fine, poor poor construction

Lets start with the positive before we delve in to the issue of evolve shoe and rubber quality. After the brief break in period these shoes felt great and are quite aggressive. And at that point I would have recommended them. The laces give the glove fit that I was looking for in an aggressive pair of shoes. I bought the shoes knowing evolves poor durability, however...

After only a month of moderate climbing, just after the shoes started feeling just right, the toe rubber ripped open, catastrophically. Worse even than my typical experience with evolves products. If you want to have a real climbing shoe that won't die on you look elsewhere.


size-wise these shoes fit about 1/2 a size smaller than typical evolves.

4 5

awesome

great shoe! fantastic for vertical to steep climbs. great fit for me, very sensitive and soft all around. five ten's don't fit me as well, but these and sportiva's fit really well.

they aren't as durable though. the upper rubber around the toes are thin and tend to wear fast.

as for sizing, i wear size 41 in the talons, but only 39 in sportiva testarossas.

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forgot to mention: they are somewhat stiff and painful to break into to start with, but become very soft and sensitive after a while.

Would you recommend this shoe or the mad...

Would you recommend this shoe or the mad rock Concept 2.0?

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Although I'm not the biggest fan of Evolv rubber, I found they do have a stickier compound than Mad Rock. I would personally go with the Talon of the Concept.

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My leather concepts have broken in to the point where i could where them to class after a few months of weekly climbing, my friend has been in these for about 3 months climbing 2-3 days a week indoor and there broken in rock solid, a much better shoe by far.

i also have a pair of optimus primes for bouldering, the trax rubber is far stickyer

5 5

dope, so dope

I was skeptical about evolv shoes, but they were on sale and look sick so I took a chance. they are So good. Aggressive and stiff but sensitive enough. Not a good all-around shoe but for steep bouldering they are sick and sticky.

Can't speak to the durability as I haven't had them long but seems like the rubber is pretty soft and I'm worried about the rand wearing out. still, so far so good.

5 5

Must have this shoe

These are the same shoe as the Predator, with this shoe you can lace them and tighten them where needed to make them a little more agressive than the Predators. This shoe is perfect for hard bouldering and sport routes. Like many other Evolv shoes they are designed to not be sized down too much. Thankfully Evolv does tons of shoe demos, highly recommend demoing a pair and climbing in them before you buy them to make sure you have the correct size. This is a must have shoe!!

4 5

Edge Forever, Toe Never

The Talon G2 is a bouldering great shoe overall. I have been climbing for about 7 years now and I know what I want in a shoe. Now most of the climbing I do is bouldering so I wanted an aggressive shoe and I found it. The heel is solid, the edging is fantastic, and the shoe isn't painful to keep on for 3 hours at a time!! The only Con in my opinion are the toes...there is soooo much rubber I can't feel my toe on a small foot chips. I like to know I have positive contact on the rock if I am going to place all my weight on it. The shape of the toe however is nice is aggressive. Other than the toe, Tony the Tiger and I would agree they are GGGRRRREAT!!

3 5

Strong performers, but has some issues

The Talons are an extremely aggressive shoe making them ideal for overhangs. In terms of their performance, the small precise toe allows you to grab just about anything. I have even used them on slab climbs because of their edging abilities.

When I first sized out the Talons, I went a half size down from my street shoe (10 from 10.5). At first there felt like there was some dead space in the heel, but after a few sessions it formed perfectly. So even though these are synthetic, they do mold a bit.

The reason I am only giving the Talon a 3/5 is because of the fit and comfort. I am no stranger to cramped toes, but the Talon is very narrow in the forefoot, squeezing the toes and forefoot horizontally. The day after a long session the big knuckles on both my feet were swollen. Also, even though the material is perforated, in inner lining isn't so your feet sweet a bunch and wound up causing hot spots from where my toes were being stacked on top of each other.

So if you have a thin foot, these shoes may work very well for you, but if you have a wider forefoot, be cautious.

how do you guys suggest sizing this shoe...

how do you guys suggest sizing this shoe compared to street shoe size?

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For these shoes, I'd recommend the exact same size as you wear in a street shoe. I normally go smaller, but I just tried these today, and they still are a tad uncomfortable at my normal street size. (They seriously edge like no other though...)

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I would agree with getting them according to your normal street shoe size. I ordered a pair a half size down from what I normally wear, and they were much too small. Gonna try to exchange them for my normal shoe size, and see if that works.

Update: I did exchange them for my normal shoe size, and they're still a bit tighter than I'd like, but they work. Go with your normal shoe size, and if you're in between sizes, go with the larger of the two.

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i can agree with these guys...i have a pair of evolv defy shoes in a 10 (i'm a 10.5 street size) and they were good, but a bit loose. so i figured an aggressive shoe like the talon, i'd be fine with a 10...way too small. a 10.5 would be ideal. size up half a notch. great shoe, otherwise!

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You can use your street shoes size as a starting point for a best guess, but I'd suggest trying them on in a store before buying them (unless you're fine with a high chance of needing to return them)

Climbing shoes are so tight that they need to fit your foot in several different ways. I find that some whole brand line ups don't fit me just because of the design shape adopted by that particular brand.