Who should buy the Evolv Kronos

The Evolv Kronos has enough going for it to be considered a worthy climbing buddy. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is built to ascend technical terrain with a combination of all-around performance and comfort
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is vegan-friendly. It is made without the use of any animal substance.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that keeps hotspots and pressure points at a minimum.

Evolv Kronos logo

Grants sufficient amounts of grip 

What grants sufficient amounts of grip in this Evolv piece is the proprietary Trax-SAS outsole. It is a full-length component, having a thickness of 4.2 millimeters. 

Evolv Kronos outsole

Excellent traction on a variety of surfaces

The rubber compound used in it (a.k.a Trax-SAS) promises to produce and maintain traction on a variety of surfaces in a range of temperatures.

Evolv Kronos outsole 1

Provides adequate underfoot support 

Thanks to the Kronos’ full-length midsole, climbers can reach heights with adequate support underfoot. It comes at a thickness of 1.2 millimeters. It is built both protectively rigid and sensitive.

Evolv Kronos midsole

Provides climbing security and protection

The Evolv Kronos envelops the foot in its below-the-ankle shell made of Synthratek VX—a company-owned synthetic fabric. Its interior is unlined. It comes with a protective rand with varying thicknesses around its lower perimeter for climbing security and protection. 

Evolv Kronos arch

Excellent toe hook 

This rand has a forefoot extension which lends users the ability to toe hook with added grip. 

Evolv Kronos upper

Offers defenses against wear and tear

The randing at the front tip of the shoe is made extra thick to increase the shoe’s defenses against wear and tear.

Evolv Kronos toe hook

Evolv Kronos vs. Supra

Climbing walls or rocks in the Kronos can be a great experience since it is one of Evolv’s finest. That said, it shares the spotlight with another shoe from the same company—the Supra. These offerings have similarities, and choosing between the two can be a real challenge. If getting both is not realistic in your book, knowing the aspects that set them apart is crucial. Listed below are a few things that can help you identify which one to let slip and which one to keep.

Outsole. Both of these climbing shoes have brand-exclusive full-length outsoles, each having a thickness of 4.2 millimeters. However, the compound used in each is different: the Kronos uses Trax-SAS, while the Supra uses Trax-XE.

Pricing. The Evolv Kronos and its rival are offered at prices that sit around the lower end of the premium footwear spectrum. That said, the Kronos is the cheaper climb-centric piece by being about $15 less expensive than the Supra.

Upper. While both Evolv kicks in this comparison have synthetic (Synthratek VX) uppers, only the Supra has a liner courtesy of Softlin. The competition also has three adjustable straps as opposed to the Kronos’ two.

Randing. Although the Kronos and the Supra are both built with a protective rand (the proprietary Molded VTR), the rival product has greater coverage of it. Evolv designers also gave the Supra a high-tension heel rand to enhance the climber’s forefoot maneuverability.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9.3oz
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.