Who should buy the Evolv Defy

The Evolv Defy is a remarkable Evolv piece—one that delivers climbing goodness without breaking the bank. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is designed to respond to the various demands of climbers, regardless of skill level.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is built completely free of any animal substance.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that has the technology that lessens hotspots and pressure points.

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Slip and skid resistance

With the Evolv Defy’s Trax-SAS outsole, climbing enthusiasts can mount on virtually all sorts of surfaces with as much slip and skid resistance as possible. Just like the shoe’s supportive midsole, this sticky layer also has a full-length construction. Its thickness is 4.4 millimeters. Evolv engineers extended its rear end to the back of the shoe, providing users with enough adhesive power for pursuits requiring heel hooking.

Evolv Defy outsole

Evolv Defy outsole 1.0

Excellent underfoot support

The Defy’s supply of underfoot support comes from its full-length midsole, called MX-P. 1.4 millimeters is its overall thickness.

Evolv Defy midsole

Evolv Defy arch

Excellent ventilation

The Defy from Evolv houses the foot in its Synthratek VX (all-synthetic) upper. It is lined with mesh imbued with Agion’s anti-microbial technology for odor management. Its designers wrapped its lower perimeter with a protective rubber rand—the main ingredient of the molded VTR technology. The non-randed parts of the upper have generous perforations to improve the shoe’s overall breathability.

Evolv Defy upper

Evolv Defy upper 1.0

Easy to wear

Stitched securely to its heel are two pull loops. They work hand in hand with the split tongue in making on and off a relatively simple affair. Also coming in twos is Defy’s adjustable straps, both of which are furnished with Velcro fasteners.

Evolv Defy easy to wear

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.5oz
Construction: Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic
Lining: Lined

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.