Who should buy the Evolv X1

The Evolv X1 can easily be considered the purchaser’s next crowd favorite, especially with its affordability thrown in the mix. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that allows for wearers who wish to send projects, whether indoors or outdoors, with extra sensitivity.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that doubles down on durability while minimizing pressure and hotspots.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides adequate surface traction.

Evolv X1 logo

The Evolv X1's Profile

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 sports climbing. It sends both steep and upright routes.

Evolv X1 profile

Size and fit

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 over time is expected to be minimal thanks to its synthetic upper.

Evolv X1 sizes

Provides slip and skid resistance

The X1 comes with the Trax-SAS outsole for slip and skid resistance. It is an all-rubber component with a split construction that allows more flexibility. It comes at 4.2 mm thick.

Evolv X1 outsole

Provides a secure and secure platform

This shoe uses a half-length midsole called EX-P that gives the climber a secure and supportive platform. 

Evolv X1 midsole

Excellent surface sensitivity

With its minimal thickness (0.6 mm to be precise), wearers can mount on almost any type of surface with enough sensitivity.

Evolv X1 midsole 1

Flexible underfoot cushioning

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 X1 insole

Provides protection against abrasive hazards

Evolv designers furnished its toe box with a patch of Trax-SAS rubber, giving the upper proper defenses against abrasive hazards when toe hooking.

Evolv X1 upper

Easy to wear

It comes with not one, not two, but three pull loops that help wearers slip in and out of the shoe with relative ease. Its adjustable strap is engineered with hook-and-loop fasteners.

Evolv X1 loop

Evolv X1 vs. Agro

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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.1oz
Construction: Slip lasted, Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
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.