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NC Neil wrote a review of on August 22, 2012

2 5

Got a pair of the Velcros, which I like. If they gave a little more room for my pinkie toe I would love them.

So I thought I'd size up when I got these to have a more comfortable pair. Well, I'm a size 9 street shoes, and I had a size 8.5 in the the velcros, so I ordered a 9 in the lace-ups. No dice, too small to be comfortable. They felt tighter than the 8.5s in the velcro. So I send them back for a 9.5. Again, no luck. This time, the left feels really good, but the right foot feels too big. This is odd, because like most people, my left foot is bigger. I compared the two side by side, and sure enough, the right one is about a 1/4" longer than the left one. Grrr. Oh well. I'll be sending these back as well, but I don't think I'll be going with evolv again, at least not online.

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NC Neil wrote a review of on June 14, 2012

5 5

I love this pack. I'm 6' 1" and weigh 170 lbs and went with the tall. Fits perfect with a few inches left to tighten down in the future if I drop some weight.

Without being overloaded it has carried: 70m 10mm rope, a full double rack with all the fixins', a harness, two pairs of shoes, chalkbag, helmet, 4 liters of water, a days worth of food, extra clothes, extra doodads like knife, headlamp, bug spray, sunscreen, point and shoot camera in case. Note: this all fit inside the pack.

I have not used the removable straps, but have taken them off. Maybe in the winter, if I'm loaded up with above I'll put them back on for a down jacket.

Some reviewers have had trouble loading a water bladder in the compartment due to its tightness. This is NOT a problem. I've easily loaded a 3 liter bladder in mind. All you do is put some weight in the bottom (I use my rope), and then slide the bladder in the sleeve a bit and lift and drop the pack repeatedly so that the bladder slides in with the force of the fall. Basic backpacker's trick people! Easy as pie.

Ok. That's it, other than to say that this pack is half Cadillac / half Ferarri. It is very big but carries small because the fit is unbelievable. Your partners and people at the crags will be envious. Get one!

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NC Neil wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

Precise and Form Fitting
5 5

First off: I wear a US 8 in Pontas (performance fit, but not crazy tight), and an 8.5 in the Optimus. I wear around a 8.5/9 street shoe.

I bought an 8.5 in these and I'm glad I did. At first, they seemed way too tight, but they felt great when I took them climbing. They are narrow in the toe box, so my pinkie toe gets pinched, but they're leather so I think they'll stretch out nicely. My other toes are not that bunched up at all and I can wiggle them freely.

These shoes are incredibly form fitting. The middle strap really pulls the shoe into my arch. When I press on a very small foothold, I feel like my whole foot is driving into the hold and not just my big toe. I'm a fan and I will be using these for bouldering until they stretch a little bit more, in which case I'll probably start using them for general cragging as well. I would love to check out some of the lace-ups.

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