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Evolv Pontas

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Evolv Pontas
4.4 out of 5 based on 20 user reviews.


Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Dec. 10, 2007
Quick disclaimer: got these on pro deal from the rep. For a bouldering / hard sport climbing this shoe has treated me well. Excellent toe allows you to grab on through the overhang. Rubber is easily competitive with La Sportiva. Velcros great.
Not an all day shoe but it's not designed for that. Comfort comes after performance (or maybe I downsized too much).


Cred: 15
Review by tnclimber on Dec. 20, 2007
Does a little bit of everything, edges well, smears well, and is comfortable. I really liked the rubber on this shoe, it had a great smear. To me, this could be an all-day shoe, if not worn between climbs. They were so comfortable, that in the gym, I never took them off for two hours, and they didn't get annoying until the very end. The toe box felt very similar to the Miura, in the way it allowed me to use my toe.
When sized properly, the heel was a little loose. Causing me to drop the rating by one star. The shoes were a little hard to size. The rep told me that in these shoes, I only need to downsize a half size from street, which was true. But they were not quite as tight as I would have liked. Going down another half size should have fixed this, but the difference between the 10 and the 9.5 felt like two whole sizes. I couldn't even seal the velcro on the 9.5 because they were so tight, and keep in mind I wear a 41.5 (8.5) in Scarpa Boosters, so I know how to live with an uncomfortably tight shoe.
La Sportiva Miura


Cred: 601
Review by chris.cohoon@cadence.org on Jul. 29, 2009
Great shoes, I love them! Very sticky rubber. Good edging, good smearing, good heal hooks. The hook & loop closure with the split tongue makes it easy to get on & off. Comfortable for a few pitches, but definitely not an all day shoe. I have a narrow foot & fits good & snug in the same size as my street shoe.
Funky foot odor. No shoe has ever made my foot smell so bad.


Cred: 195
Review by nerfherder88 on Jan. 26, 2012
Comfortable for semi-aggresive shoe and Cheap (at least now that they are on sale everywhere)
Not durable. Lasted about 5-6 months before a rand blowout and rendered them fairly useless (too expensive to resole). Also, the rubber was wearing down before the major blowout.
Rubber is sticky out of the box and not much longer than that
Just as a disclaimer: La Sportiva fits my heel better. The heel area on the shoe is fairly large. So it is like most shoes a personal thing when it come to fit.
Five Ten Anasazi
La Sportiva Katana
La Sportiva Miura (More Aggressive)


Cred: 278
Review by mstokely on Jun. 28, 2009
Great shoe, good smear thanks to the the eco-Trax sole. Make sure yo try these shoes on before you commit to a size, they stretch a little but not a lot so in most cases a half size smaller than your normal shoe size is what you want.
Heel has a little space but when you go for a heel hook the space compresses and works nicely, just a little weird to get used to
Five Ten - 5X


Cred: 240
Review by Benzesp on Mar. 14, 2012
Used for sport, not bad. Bouldering not so great. Buy your steet size.
Midsole is too stiff for my tastes. Trax rubber is meh.. The toebox is too tight and I cant wear mine foe extended periods. I have narrow feet and they are pretty cramped. Marginly better than the Defy.
Miura


Cred: 668
Review by pengshi on Mar. 10, 2010
Very sticky rubber.
Can't think of any except the toes are very aggressively slopped, so my toes are always squeezed together very tight.


Cred: 14
Review by ryweller on Dec. 29, 2010
wore these 4-5days a week for 60 days on Chinese Limestone. Good edging and great for technical long climbs, just what I wanted as I would have gotten something more downturned if roofs were my priority. Rubber is nice all around. Comfort was good on my feet.
Non-leather lining got pretty gooey and slick with a bit of added dirt/dust. After I hand washed and dried these shoes (no soap, dried well) the insides were much better but they seemed to soften up the sole and loose their strength and support.
I love Scarpas



Cred: 150
Review by Lapsarienne on Jul. 13, 2008
So I actually have the Kaos, which aren't an option, but which fit me perfectly, have proven durable and comfortable after months of use, edge great, aren't a pain to wear, and broke in to feel like a second skin.
Discontinued.


Cred: 357
Review by eswanson on Jan. 29, 2011
Good shoe. Enough downturn for pretty decent bouldering, but not so much that you can't still face-climb. Straps feel solid, as do the pull tabs.
Rubber wears away pretty quick, especially in the toe. Also, Evolvs seem to have patented their own brand of shoe funk smell. It is awful. Apply Lysol liberally.


Cred: 9
Review by Rockymountainism on Dec. 07, 2012
-Comfortable
-They fit true to my street size of shoe, for a slightly less aggressive but still good fit. I use them for all my climbing.
-Inexpensive- I got my second pair for really cheap when the new model came out.
-nice colors
-Rubber on the toe wears out quickly
-they smell really bad
-a bit of empty heal space


Cred: 14
Review by smyers4 on Nov. 13, 2011
The rubber is amazing, and the Edging works great, I don't know why any one has complained about the Heel being to lose, I for one love a good heel hook and this shoe feels solid when I sink int in
Tend to retain the foot odor more than a leather shoe.
Any thing by Evolv or La Sportiva, but you really cant go wrong with this shoe


Cred: 5
Review by Anchor on Mar. 01, 2011
TIght. Doesn't stretch. Works hard if you know how to rely on your feet and not the rubber alone to maintain traction.
REALLY tight. Like I wanna take these off before this pitch is up tight.
I don't know man, I like 5.11's, but these are great for those who understand foot placement. Don't recommend for a beginner. The fit alone might put some off on these.


Cred: 27
Review by DRoth on Jul. 27, 2008
Aggressive
Great Rubber
Edging is outstanding
bad smearing


Cred: 18
Review by climberboy123 on Mar. 24, 2009
Very comfy, great performance


Cred: 3
Review by Godfathur on Oct. 04, 2009
Great edging, controls odor very well, aggressive, but not overly aggressive.
None


Cred: 6
Review by Reed P on Jul. 11, 2008
they stick to everything


Cred: 2
Review by jgraham96 on Mar. 15, 2011
could they be a good first shoes


Cred: 11
Review by fb_1148820339 on Apr. 11, 2008
agressive toe


Cred: 6
Review by fb_562035226 on Jan. 18, 2008
works awesome
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