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.
This is a great all around carabiner. It is well constructed and light weight. It's great for belaying and anchors, and is big enough to use a munter if necessary. There are better carabiners for specific purposes but I think this is the best all around carabiner on the market. If I had to only use one type of carabiner, it would be this one.
This rope is great. It is relatively inexpensive and is pretty much all a beginner climber needs, but it might not be the best for a more advanced climber. Because it stretches more that most ropes it is really comfortable to take falls on and is a lot easier on the belayer. Right out of the package it seems really stiff, but it softens up after a few uses. The only real negative thing about this rope is the fact that it doesn't have a center mark. Overall, I would recommend this rope to any casual climber.
I bought this pack for a week long trip and it's great. I could fit enough clothes, food and fuel necessary, along with climbing gear. It is comfortable even when loaded with 70lbs. This pack does not fair too well on shorter trips. When loaded for a weekend outing, the load shifted pretty badly, and the top pouch moved around a bit too much. Also, it is hard to find rain covers that fit over this pack. Overall I love this pack for long hikes and camping trips.
Obviously, these shoes are not the best climbing she on the market, however they were not designed to be. These shoes are a economical, comfortable, versatile shoe targeted toward a climber just starting out. These shoes will perform adequately on any terrain a beginner will encounter. I would recommend these shoes to any new rock climber. Be warned that these shoes smell awful after a few months, and need to be washed out with disinfectant every once in a while.
NOTE: These shoes run about a half size small.
The harness is not bad, especially considering it's low price. It does everything a harness needs to do, and that's about it. It's easy to adjust the leg loops, and the gear loops are roomy and easy to hang draws from. It's not particularly comfortable to hang around in or take long falls in, but it's good enough for most of the climbing I do.
These are the best climbing shoes I've ever worn. They fit my fairly narrow feet perfectly. The toes are absolutely beautiful for edging, pockets, and tiny cracks. The rubber is stiff, yet sticky, and the uppers are very breathable. The only real shortcomings of these shoes is the lack of rubber on the top of the toe for toe hooks, and the color of the lining shows just how nasty your feet really are. I would recommend these shoes to anyone with a narrow foot.
EDIT: I just sent mine in for a resole. With climbing about four days a week, these shoes have lasted about seven months of gym climbing on top of a few outdoor trips. They edged very well up until the bitter end.
These are hands down the best draws for the price. They are light, easy to clip into, and dirt cheap. The stitching on the dogbone doesn't look to be the highest quality, and sometimes the bottom carabiner slips around, but overall these are great buys.
These are good draws for the price. They are constructed well and seem to be pretty durable. They are a bit hard to clip into sometimes because they swing around a bit too much and because they don't have a bent gate. I've also used cheaper draws that work much better, but I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase.
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