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Phantom Climbing Shoe

4.666666666666667 out of 5 stars
30 Reviews


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Why We Like The Phantom Climbing Shoe

The Phantom Climbing Shoe is Evolv's premier shoe for the pinnacle of performance whether you're bouldering at your limits or sport climbing something extremely overhung. It combines Evolv's three most aggressive features for hard climbing. TPS+ (Tension Power System Plus) maintains the shoe's aggressive downturn and sharp asymmetry for life, and AVT (Abridged Variable Thickness) varies the shoe's stiffness from toe to heel. The toe's extremely stiff to ensure proper precision on technical terrain, while the heel flexes to conform to heel hook securely. Lastly, Neoflex neoprene covers Evolv's comfortable Knuckle Box to increase shape retention overtime. The Phantom's compression closure system uses a six-point, single-pull strap to provide a quick-and-easy fit. Evolv made the Phantom Climbing Shoe with a Synthratek XV encapsulated in Trax SAS rubber that also covers the toe and arch for supreme traction.


  • Evolv's pinnacle climbing shoe for bouldering and sport climbing
  • Aggressive downturn ensures power on steep to overhung terrain
  • Trax SAS rubber encapsulates upper and toe for extreme friction
  • TPS+ maintains aggressive downturn overtime
  • AVT plastic midsole varies stiffness from toe to heel
  • Neoflex neoprene covers Knuckle Box to retain stretch after flex
  • Synthratek VX upper reduces stretching for a long-lasting fitI
  • Item runs small, so we recommend sizing up for best fit
  • Item #EVLZ03B
Upper Material
Synthratek VX (synthetic), VTR rand
MX-P (1.6mm)
Trax SAS (4.2mm)
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
Asymmetrical Curvature
Claimed Weight

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 30 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 0 reviews
4 Stars - 6 reviews
5 Stars - 23 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

April 17, 2024

Stiff but Comfortable

Stiff shoes, great for edging. Took a while to break in - but comfortable once done. Would buy again.

Will M

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5 out of 5 stars

April 9, 2024

Great sport/bouldering shoe

Heel fits perfectly. Not a sensitive shoe, but sticky rubber and aggressive shape.

Dan B

Originally reviewed on

1 out of 5 stars

March 8, 2024

Way too tight

I have small narrow feet, size 5 women's. Couldn't fit my foot into them.

Emily N

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 12, 2023

Fantastic Shoe

I've been using this shoe for the past 2 months, and I'm really enjoying it. Very comfortable for me, and it sticks to the smallest foot holds leaving me with the confidence I needed. I have only used these shoes in the gym so I'm not sure how they are outdoors. I would definitely buy again!

Evan C

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

November 9, 2023

Fits my foot great

Finally issue that I can use my toe and my heel. Always found shoes that the toe is good but he would never stay or never fit correctly. This one has a narrow enough heel to fit my foot.

Joel W

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

October 29, 2023

Phenomenal shoe

This shoe is truly great. Fits amazing on my foot, super secure heel, great toe. The strap system works well and keeps the shoe feeling tight. Rubber sticks great, tons of friction, and you get a good feel of the rock. Can’t recommend these enough.

William S

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

October 17, 2023

These are my go to shoes for any terrain. They thrive on overhung boulders and heel hooks.

Samuel H

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

October 16, 2023

My Warthogs

If I was stranded on a desert island with world class climbing and bouldering, and I could bring only one pair of climbing shoes, it would be my Phantoms. They fit me better than any shoe ever, and perform across a wide range of routes and problems. I call them my "Warthogs": Ugly as Heck, but will destroy anything that crosses their path.


Originally reviewed on Evolv

5 out of 5 stars

October 2, 2023


I love my Phantoms!! They have been great for every type of climbing, I like not having to switch shoes for different disciplines. I love how precise the toe is too!


Originally reviewed on Evolv

5 out of 5 stars

September 7, 2023

Like a hack

The phantoms are a verified hack…. It’s like having springs in your feet. Stiff, oddly sensitive and comfortable. Love love love them on the board.


Originally reviewed on Evolv