Kiss those rentals goodbye.
Actually, please don't literally kiss those stinky, dirty rentals goodbye, but do say hello to the Evolv Women's Elektra Climbing Shoe. You'll notice a few differences right off the bat. The first thing you'll notice when you're packing the Elektra to go up to the crag is that these shoes don't smell. The low asymmetry and flat profile offer the same comfort you need while you learn how to climb, while the sensitive midsole works with the Trax rubber to give you better performance than before.
- Evolv's best-selling climbing shoe gets an update
- Low asymmetry and flat profile ideal for beginning climbing
- Stretch-resistant upper redesigned for a better fit
- Anti-odor mesh lining for cool ventilation
- Sensitive midsole with Trax rubber sole for precise edging
- Item #EVL000Z
- Q & A
Was really looking forward to wearing
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
But...they run INCREDIBLY small. I'm a beginner, so I didn't want to drop a ton of money on my first pair of shoes. I was pleasantly surprised to find that these were extremely affordable and had great reviews, especially for beginners. I wear a size 9.5 in street shoes, and I'm aware that climbing shoes are meant to fit snug. Prior to buying a pair, I have been renting the mens version of this shoe at my gym in a size 10 and it fits alright, a little wide but works ok for and hour or two of bouldering. After researching a pair to purchase, I settled on the elektra, went to a local store that carried them, tried them on in a 9.5 (too small) and a 10 (fit absolutely perfect, little snug but not painful) so I found them backcountry for $20 less than my local store and ordered them in a size 10. Two days later I'm excited to receive them. I slip my sockless feet in and WOW they are so small I can not even cram my foot all the way in without curling my toes under. Totally unwearable. I thought I had been sent the wrong size, that's how small they are. Nope, inside label checks out, they are indeed a size 10. So, moral of the story is, buy the shoes in person, because even after all my research and trying them on, I guess each pair they make is wildly different? Which is totally bunk but whatever. I'm a beginner and this is my first lesson learned. Backcountry is a great site though and I will return in the future for other products.
Really amazing shoes... with a catch
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The catch: I would DEFINITELY recommend going to your local climbing gear shop before ordering rock climbing shoes online. And the professionals there know exactly how the shoes should fit.
I ordered a size 10 after trying them on at a gear store in OC. They fit pretty snug at first but stretched way out to a very comfortable size after three wears.
They have been fantastic for indoor bouldering!
The only small drawback was breaking them in gave me some blisters, but that's expectable and totally fixable with some band-aids and tape
Sizing chart waaaaaay off
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Fit: Runs small
This shoe has a lot of reviews suggesting it as a great shoe for an intro climber, so I thought I would get some for my girlfriend. After buying 3 pairs, with the last pair almost 2 sizes bigger than her foot, I gave up and went with the La Sportiva Oxygym. These shoes seem pretty solid, but beware of the sizing, even 2 sizes too big and she complained of her toes rolling over to fit into them.