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Evolv Phantom Climbing Shoe



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 #EVLZ03B

Upper Material
Synthratek VX (synthetic), VTR rand
MX-P (1.6mm)
Trax SAS (4.2mm)
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
Asymmetrical Curvature
Claimed Weight

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

I bought these and now I can climb v17

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 0"
155 lbs

All jokes aside, I have been on a journey to find the best bouldering shoe. After experimenting with Scarpa Dragos and Soill New Zero Pros, I have begun to understand what I want in a shoe. My favorite elements of the Dragos are the sock-like comfortable fit. Also, the sticky rubber that came on them. However, thinking that I would like the soft and sensitive rubber, I've noticed that it was hard to be precise, and staying on small footholds was a hassle (and that also may just be my weaknesses showing). That brings me to the So ill New Zero Pros. Which are also great shoes, I love the medium stiffness to them as well as the cushioned heel that allows for sick heel hooks. But those shoes also do not have that sock-like fit I craved. That brings me to the Evolv Phantoms, finally, the review you wanted to actually read about. These shoes fit wonderfully and give that snug fit I had been looking for. Also, it has a stiff, sharp toe that is great for precise footwork. As a boulderer, this is what a shoe should be like. Now let's talk about sizing. I am a size 10 street shoe and I had purchased the 9.5, and may I say do NOT go any lower than half a size down. Unless you like torturing your poor toes. Half a size is a perfect "performance" fit for those searching for a snug fit. Snag these shoes because they are perfect for the serious boulderers out there.

>Rating: 5

Love um!

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 10"
125 lbs

They are stifffffff In the toe, but these suckers are the best bouldering shoes this side of the Mississippi (which ever side of the Mississippi you’re on). Not your everyday climbing shoe/ training shoe ,but they do what they are supposed to do and they do it very well. I use them when I go bouldering outside and that’s it. I wear a 9.5-10 in regular shoes and got these in a 9 for the sung fit. They broke in well even with the stiff toe.