hoipolloiwrote a review of Evolv Bolt Shoe - Men's on September 3, 2012
I am hard on shoes. I hike a lot, I climb even more. In the Sierra I love wearing a pair of shoes to get to a climb, and then climbing it in that same pair of shoes. To do this you need a shoe that is comfortable enough to hike in, but can actually climb. That's where the Bolt comes in.
I would compare the bolt to the 5.10 Guide Tennie, but this shoe is far more comfortable than the flat bottomed and archless guide tennie. The bolt is more durable too, in my opinion.
This past spring I climbed a hard aid route in The Black Canyon (La Visage, VI 5.10 A3+, the A3+ being a laughable sandbag). I wore a pair of these because I knew that I would have to go from aid climbing to free climbing and needed something on my feet that could do both. These things were perfect. I could stand in the aiders and have the arch support needed to keep my feet from getting smashed, and I could step out of the aiders for some hard, scary 10- free climbing.
So the bottom line, this is the shoe. The large toe rand helps the shoe last longer (I always wear holes in my shoes before the soles are even close to being worn out, the toe rand is key).
I would recommend these shoes to anyone who likes to approach, scramble and climb in the same pair of shoes.