Stephen Palermo

Stephen Palermo

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I currently attend the University of Colorado at Denver as a philosophy major, and work part time as a route setter and climbing instructor with the city of Lakewood, but spend almost all of my free time outside climbing. My passions are sport climbing and bouldering , although I have recently begun to dabble in traditional climbing.

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Stephen Palermo

Stephen Palermo wrote a review of on April 25, 2012

5 5

The Pontas had been my go to shoe for about a year, and when I heard that Evolv was planning on redesigning it, I was worried. This turned out to be totally unnecessary because the pontas is reborn and better than ever. I loved the original pontas and sent all my hardest routes in them, but I did have a few gripes with the original, and now those are no more. The Pontas 2's heel fits even better then the original, with no bagginess, or slippage. Its also a touch stiffer and feels better on the skin. Also the addition of the third strap really helps pull the midsole up into the arch of your foot making an much more precise feel and removing all stretch that occurs in a well loved shoe, or even just after a long day of cragging. The edging is certainly as good if not better than the original, and the new VTR3D makes the rand all the more durable (not that that has ever been an issue with evolvs.)To sum it up I'm super psyched on the new design and I'm certain it will slay your projects regardless of the angle.

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Stephen Palermo wrote a review of on April 25, 2012

5 5

I have worn this shoe almost exclusively for around 2 months now and a super psyched on it. Apart from a sole made of the super sticky Trax rubber, the Bolt has no real bells or whistles but is simply a comfortable, and solid light hiker. I'm exceptionally hard on my approach shoes, I wear them on the longest hardest approaches, to school, route set at least 3 hours a week in them, hike, do yard work, and even climb. Oftentimes this continued abuse wears a shoe down fairly quickly, however the Bolt takes it all in stride. Within the time I've had them I've route set for a bouldering comp, done multiple long approaches in varied terrain (mud, talus, trails, and snow), walked for 2 and a half weeks around Italy, and done some light climbing (up to 5.11a)in addition to walking around campus, walking my dogs, and one or two mountain bike rides. After all of this the Trax Rubber sole (the same rubber that's put on evolv's climbing shoes) has shown NO WEAR, and if this has the same durability as evolv's climbing shoe I'm sure the'll hold up to anything else I throw at them. If your looking for a light do it all approach shoe check 'em out, you won't be disappointed!

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