Who should buy the Evolv Kira

The Evolv Kira has great characteristics that make it an endearing kick from top to bottom. Purchase if it:

  • You're after climbing shoes that make you take advantage of heel-hooking situations.
  • Edging is mostly required to reach the top of your preferred climbing route.
  • You're a big fan of Velcro closure and the adjustability it provides.

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Who should not buy it

With no break-in issues, the Scarpa Instinct VS is a fine alternative to the Evolv Kira. Also, check out the La Sportiva Kubo if you prefer a traditional tongue.

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The ever-grippy Evolv Kira

"Really nice and sticky"—this is how one seasoned climber describes the rubberized sections of the Evolv Kira. Another sender calls it "super sticky."

The culprit here is the shoe’s Trax-SAS outsole. This grippy heavy-duty component is 4.2 mm thick. It covers the entirety of the shoe’s underside, giving it sufficient contact with the surface—ideal for negotiating cracks.

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Makes a cakewalk out of heel hooks 

There are those who find the Evolv Kira amazing when it comes to heel maneuvers. An intermediate sender said that, in the featured kick, "heel hooks felt solid."

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Leaves no room for bagginess

It's been reported that the featured climbing shoe doesn't lose its form, even with successive use. "They kept their shape and did not get overly loose," said a seasoned sender about their Evolv Kiras.

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A totally strapped experience

Numerous ascenders are simply stoked about the Kira's closure system. One climber says, "I love the triple strap," while another says, "the velcro straps make it easy to loosen between problems."

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Broad-footed climbers take heed

The Evolv Kira can be a bit problematic for wide-footed individuals. The issue is more about the shoe's tongue than the overall fit. Case in point: A tester said this in their review: "The tongue has two flaps that do not allow for coverage of the top of your feet if they are wide."

Easy to wear

Evolv designers opted to give the shoe two heel pull loops and a split tongue for on-and-off convenience. Its closure system consists of two adjustable hook-and-loop (Velcro) straps. The upper strap conceals an adjustable ladder buckle made of a hardy material.

Can withstand the roughness of the terrain

The Kira has an all-synthetic upper called Synthratex VX. It does not have a liner. The rubber rand engineered around the forefoot has a thicker construction than the rest, allowing the gear to withstand the roughness of the terrain, especially during toe jams.

Excellent underfoot support

This trad climbing shoe is equipped with a full-length midsole to help wearers send projects with enough support. It has a thickness of 1 mm.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Women 6.8oz
Construction: Slip lasted, Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic

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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.