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84 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
They've really been great for me.
These shoes are perfect for gym climbers and boulderers on a budget.
Though it climbs well and looks good, it doesn’t feel like the performance shoe you know it is. The heel is insensitive, and the randing is bulky. This makes the climber feel less like a ninja and more of an operator of equipment. Fortunately, such an issue is easily outweighed by its performance.
On steep terrain, I could roll into sidepull edges, and I knew right away I was standing in the perfect spot—it felt like there was nothing between me and the rock.
Overall I really like the shoes and was impressed by my first pair of Evolvs.
-The Evolv X1 is a climb-specific shoe built for wearers who wish to send projects, whether indoors or outdoors, with extra sensitivity. It is a vegan-friendly offering engineered with Molded VTR (Variable Thickness Rand)—a brand-exclusive tech that doubles down on durability while minimizing pressure and hotspots.
-Transferring power onto the toes is the X1’s high-tension heel rand. What provides adequate surface traction, on the other hand, is the company-owned Trax-SAS outsole.
Downturn. The X1 is among Evolv’s aggressively downturned shoes. As such, it capitalizes on precision, especially on tiny edges and micro-nubbins. It is ideal for single-pitch endeavors.
Applications. This Evolv product is intended for sport climbing. It is sufficiently equipped to send both steep and upright routes.
Evolv’s X1 is a low-top climbing shoe for men. The other shoe in a pair can be ordered in a completely different size but for a fee. Owners may get a dialed-in and secure fit in it using the shoe’s strapping system. Its asymmetric shape offers excellent support towards the front increasing its edging prowess. Change to its fit overtime is expected to be minimal thanks to its synthetic upper.
Midsole. This shoe uses a half-length midsole called EX-P to give the climber a secure and supportive platform. With its minimal thickness (0.6 mm to be precise), wearers can mount on almost any type of surface with enough sensitivity.
Outsole. The X1 comes with the Trax-SAS outsole for slip and skid resistance. It is an all-rubber component with a split construction for more flexibility. It comes at 4.2 mm thick.
The Evolv X1’s main shell is an all-synthetic upper, called Synthratek VX. Its interior is unlined. It has a molded rubber rand, the front part of which is thicker for enhanced resilience. Evolv designers furnished its toe box with a patch of Trax-SAS rubber, giving the upper proper defenses against abrasive hazards when toe hooking.
It comes with not one, not two, but three pull loops to help wearers slip in and out of the shoe with relative ease. Its adjustable strap is engineered with hook-and-loop fasteners.
The X1 is among Evolv’s pride when it comes to aggressive shoes. That said, so is the Agro. Get to know the aspects that set them in the following points:
Weight. In this area, the X1 is the more favorable shoe by being 50 grams lighter than the Agro.
Price. The featured Evolv piece takes the crown in this round, as It is cheaper than the rival shoe by about $15.
Lining. Between the two, only the Evolv Agro is with a liner. It is made of microfiber.