The extreme one.
- Aggressive climbing shoe for gym training and demanding sport routes
- Sharp downturn and extremely sensitive feel for challenging climbs
- Trax SAS rubber with massive toe patch and heel rand for a solid fit
- Synthratek VX upper with single hook-and-loop strap reduces stretch
- Item #EVL001M
- Q & A
Aggressive, runs small
Good for edging. Soft uppers. Aggressive but not overly so. Size up
Runs way small
I am a 9.5 street size and 11.5 fits real tight (could have gone with a 12, but am hoping they'll break in and expand a bit)
Worst shoes I’ve ever worn/owned
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these about 2 months ago and from the reviews I read they seemed like the perfect everyday gym shoe and outdoor climbing shoe and as soon as I heard they were evolv’s softest, most sensitive shoe I was sold, but boy was I wrong they’re not sensitive at all, they feel just as stiff as the other evolv shoes in their lineup, the heel is absolutely horrendous for heel hooks, the rubber just isn’t that stick and it just feels like there’s a huge chunk of rubber in the toe so you literally can’t feel what you’re standing or toeing in on small holds and to be honest I just couldn’t trust them on small footholds like I could my 5.10 Anasazi pro’s or my 5.10 Team VXI’s the heels just really stiff and there isn’t enough rubber where there should be but instead the rand is there and is super slick and falls off every time I try to heel hook, a problem I have never had with any of my 5.10’s also the sizing was pretty much spot on sizing wise and compared to my other climbing shoes they are the same size but these shoes were so painful to wear it ridiculous hotspots for days with these and i can’t bare to wear them for more than 1 boulder, and that’s coming from me a guy who likes really tight smaller shoes, just really not that happy with them and to be honest I wish I never would’ve bought them
Fun climbing in these shoes!
One sunny day, I borrowed the X1's in spite of my old Climb X shoes. The difference in my climbing ability was incredible. My footing was never a huge worry. I could focus on everything ahead of me and keep up with the gang. The sizing does run a little tight, but you'll still be getting a good work horse for your next big climb.
Next Step up
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This shoe was a bit more aggressive than what I usually wear and it was really great to be able to see the difference on more challenging routes. I do agree that they run small but once you find the right size they feel great (relative to how climbing shoes are supposed to feel).
Great Price Point
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fits true to size. I didn't use them myself, however I was able to try them on. Rubber grips to holds well, and they're great if you really want to feel what you're putting your feet on., coming from the friend that uses them.
Great Gym Shoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Used these as a gym shoe for a few months. Other than the sizing issue, I've really enjoyed this shoe. I'm not a slipper guy, but the fit of the toe box and heel sold me (once I finally got the right size). They're really soft and compared to other Evolv rubbers, the rubber on these hasn't started to round yet. I've found the rubber on the Shaman rounds extremely quickly, but these have kept their form well. The toe rubber patch works great and these grab exceptionally on really steep stuff. By no means is this an edging machine, but because they're so sensitive, they still handle thin stuff well.
My only tip for sizing is that I went with a 10.5, which is .5 bigger than my street shoe, and one full size bigger than an aggressively fit Shaman (9.5).
Sizing is way off but still a great shoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These shoes are awesome except for the sizing being way off. Usually, I wear a 10.5 in La Sportiva but for these shoes, I found that I had to bump up to a size 12. Once I got in the right size the performance was amazing. The rubber is much better than Evolv shoes I have had in the past. Also, the heel cup is spacious which is great for climbers with voluminous feet.
I would recommend you order a couple of pairs of these to get the correct size.
They run small
I am usually a 9 or 9.5 in all Evolv's shoes. I ordered the 9.5 to be more on the side of comfort and gym shoe but way too tight. Could barely get them on my feet and I was pulling hard. Ordered a 10 today... we'll see how that goes.
Do these stretch at all? i Have tried on a 10.5 and it felt like it may be a little to snug on my toes but I'm afraid an 11 may be to big.
They should stretch a little bit!!
These shoes do run a bit small though. I recommend ordering both the 10.5 and 11, try them on and see how they feel, then just return whichever doesn't fit quite right!
What size do you recommend, if I wear size 11 in the new Shamans? Much thanks!
I would stick with an 11. They are a very similar fit
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