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Evolv The General Climbing Shoe

$174.95
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Big boss.

Big wall routes generally have a little bit of everything to keep you on your toes, and Evolv designed The General Climbing Shoe to be a boss no matter what you're climbing. It can jam a crack, smear a slab, and edge a crimp better than most. The high-top design covers your ankles when you're in wider cracks, and the stiff midsole ensures support when you're crimping all day long. A slight asymmetrical design gives The General a boost in performance without disrupting the all-day comfort needed for long climbing routes.

  • Evolv's trad master for multi-pitch climbs and big walls
  • Slight asymmetry balances between performance and all-day comfort
  • Trax XE rubber sole and MX-P midsole give a stiff feel
  • Leather upper with a high-top design provides coverage in wider cracks
  • Item #EVL001L

Upper Material
leather, non-stretch cotton liner
Lining
synthetic
Closure
lace
Midsole
MX-P (1.6mm, full-length)
Rubber
Trax XE (4.2mm)
Profile
slight downturn
Asymmetrical Curvature
moderate
Recommended Use
trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 4

Comments on fit.

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small

I've always been a sportiva guy, so these are my sizing experiences. I was unable to test these shoes on rock because the first pair I got was too large, the second pair was the wrong size shipped to me. I wear a 41.5 Katana lace for aggressive single pitch climbing, or a 10.0 street shoe. A size 12 General was slightly too large for me in the comfy-but-snug fit I was looking for. I tried to go down to a 11.5, but I receive a 11.0 in the mail. This shoe was perfect lengthwise, but for the width it was crushing my foot. Based on this, I don't think a 11.5 would've fit me because it would've been too long. My sizing advice: Buy multiple pairs, starting at your street size and then going bigger. Keep the hang tags on and return the ones that don't fit. They fit a moderately wide foot and have IMO moderate asymmetry. They feel VERY stiff. Moderate downturn. I could not see them ever developing the upward toebox camber.

>Rating: 5

Better than the TC pros

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 5"
Weight
130 lbs

Let's be honest, After the TC pros came out, the american trad shoe was, and largely still is, dominated by La Sportiva's TCs. When evolv stepped up to the plate as a potential high top style competitor, I was pretty underwhelmed. I really didn't think anything evolv would produce would even come close to the ability and comfort of the TCs. Boy was I wrong. These puppies have been up the nose, astroman, rostrum, and many other pitches of yosemite granite. They edge better than the TCs, are just as comfortable and actually have a little down turn which makes overhangs and some sportiness nothing to worry about. Heres a few disclaimers for people picking up for the first time. 1. Try them on. I upsized way more than I thought I was going to get the right all day fit that would still perform. 2. They don't climb well right out of the box. They need to be abused. 3. There's almost no stretch. Size accordingly

>Rating: 3

Stiff

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
10
Height
5` 9"
Weight
160 lbs

I bought these in hopes that I’d like the stiffer shoe, and that they’d break in and be perfect. These puppies are stiff stiff. I have climbed about 900 feet in these so far and they are not close to broken in. I have major hot spots on the back of my heel. I liked the initial try-on fit but now that I’ve been climbing in them, I’m not a fan. Sandstone smears and edges are tough because the rubber is so thick and stiff that hard to feel anything, They’re just insecure for me. The toe-box is tall so jamming can be tricky too. They aren’t a bad shoe, the material is quality for sure. I like evolv, just not a fan of this shoe. I’ll update if they ever break in! I’m a 9/42 and I sized up to 10 as many evolv shoes run small. The fit feels alright, I could’ve gone 9.5 but like I said they’re so stiff it was hard to know.

>Rating: 4

Lots of traction

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I gave these shoes a 4 stare because I liked the support and traction they gave me on the wall. I also love the hightop style and comfort! I did not like them because they pushed on my toenail and it made it difficult for me to put a lot of pressure on them while making a move. I have been trying to find a new pair of shoes to help me advance to the next level. I have been using La Sportiva Mythos Vibram XS Grip2 for the last 10 years and I love them! They are comfortable, but sometimes I need a little more. I wanted these shoes to be my solution and maybe I am just so used to having comfort, but they hurt to make technical moves. Maybe I got the wrong size, or maybe I am just so used to cozy shoes like my mythos and TC Pro's, but I couldn't do it.

>Rating: 4

Sturdy trad wear

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This shoe is very sturdy with very solid edges to feel supported and confident on small foot holds. The padding makes for a very comfortable fit as well, and the design is an awesome mix of modern and retro. Love these shoes! Great job on this one Evolv!

>Rating: 3

Sizing

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The sizing of these shoes is completely bonkers/awful. I wear a 10.5 street shoes. Every climbing shoe I've ever owned is either 9.5 or 10. Somehow, the 11.5 is the tight shoe and the 12 is the all-day shoe in the General. Super frustrating to have to order four pairs of these shoes to find the right fit. Never have I had a shoe labeled as an 11.5 actually fit my feet.

I didn't have such an issue with sizing. I wear a 11.5 street shoe and a 12 fit fine with enough room for a very thin pair of socks. If I was looking for a more aggressive fit the 11.5 would had been right.

>Rating: 5

Great shoes, not as wide as I hoped

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have very wide and tall feet. The TC Pros are essentially impossible to put on, but luckily these babies exist. Although they are not exactly "all day big wall comfort", I've used them on climbs up to 7 pitches without anything more than moderate discomfort. They are edging and jamming dream machines! They do run a smidge on the small side. My ideal street shoe is 10.5 EE, my aggressive bouldering/sport shoes are usually 42/43, so the 10 in these were surprisingly snug but not overly so. All in all, these are great shoes for anyone that isn't a die hard TC pro fan.

Take a look on Butora Altura, they have wide version

>Rating: 5

Great shoes, more heel/achilles room

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Everyone loves the TC pros for crack climbing, but they were too narrow in the heel and Achilles. This shoe is Excellent for crack climbing, really comfortable, and plenty of room in the heel and the ball of the foot. They do run a bit small, I ended up going up two full sizes from my more aggressive rockclimbing shoes.

>Rating: 5

Great Shoe

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I love these shoes. They edge great. I can wear them all day. If worried about sizing talk to a rep and see if you can get multiple sizes sent. I have already bought a second pair to have one for gym and one for outside.

Thank you so much for posting this, Mike!

>Rating: 5

Solid Shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm a pretty beginner-level climber so i don't have much to compare it to, but this shoe felt sturdy, supportive, and comfortable. Good stuff - I'm a fan of this shoe.

>Rating: 5

Run way small..

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are great shoes for the flat- or wide-footed who want high-tops.. but they run really small. A half-size larger than my street shoes is the first size I can fit into.. and if I want flat toes for crack climbing, I'm 1.5 sizes above street-shoe size... better try these on at a demo before buying!

>Rating: 3

Sad Feet

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been looking for a shoe to "take it to the next level" in climbing. Right now I have the best beginner shoe that is super comfortable but I'm ready for a slight downturn. Enter the General. It has that slight downturn that's an in between the flat and aggressive. The shoe also boasts good toe grip and a higher heel cup for stability on those longer ascends. Well sadly my sizing choice was poor. With my beginner shoes the sizing equated to my street shoe size US women's 6.5, with the Evolv General I noticed even when sizing to a US women 7 the shoe felt a pretty scrunched up with my toes. So I went ahead and tried the 8's which was a mistake for my heels since there was sloshing even though it was completely tightened and overall sensitivity decreased since there was so much material between my toes and the wall. I chalk it up to my heel being disproportionate to my toe width and should have went through with sizing up just to the 7's.

>Rating: 5

Secure Footing

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am just getting into climbing, and have been trying out a few different pieces of gear to see what I like. These shoes definitely fall into the "like a whole lot" column. Before trying these, I had gone out a few times with the Evolv Nighthawks, which I found to be comfortable but not super grippy for me. Climbing in the Generals I felt way more secure on my footholds, which allowed me to have a lot more fun and confidence on the wall. The grip and stiffness of the rubber was awesome! Pus, these look dope. And I'm from the school of thought that says "look good, feel good, climb good"

>Rating: 5

Fantastic feel & performance

I bought these Friday and drove down to Zion for a multipoint trad route (Iron Messiah), and it ended up being fantastic! These shoes made edging and jamming a breeze, and incredibly comfortable - they're the perfect trad shoe for people who don't have crazy narrow feet.

>Rating:

Is the fit similar to other Evolv shoes? I.e. true to size