Evolv Zenist: Power to the climber
Whether you are still green around the ears or you destroy routes with grade 5.11 and over, the Zenist can make you feel vastly in control. This sense of empowerment is possible thanks to the following:
Unlined and almost zero-stretch upper. With the Zenist’s glove-like fit and liner-free confines, you will be feeling virtually every feature of the surface minus the dead zones.
Scaly toe patch. Toe hooks are a whole lot easier with the Zenist’s highly textured rubber toe patch. Plus, its wide coverage means you can be more creative with your toeing maneuvers.
Segmented outsole. This kind of sole construction gives you extra midfoot flexibility, making smears feel a bit more natural.
Evolv Zenist vs. Phantom
In this climbing shoe bout, the Zenist finds a contender in the Evolv Phantom. Their key differences are as follows:
Price. Between these two aggressive climbing shoes, the Zenist is more affordable. Case in point: You will be spending about $10 less on this than the Phantom.
Outsole thickness. The Evolv Phantom’s proprietary outsole is thinner than the Zenist’s by approximately 0.2 mm.
Rigidity. The Zenist has soft confines, while its rival has a middle-of-the-road stiffness.
Fit management system. A network of straps makes up the Phantom’s closure. The Zenist’s, on the other hand, consists of a single strap.
Takeaway: If you prefer to go about your projects with more flexibility and technical footwork is your thing, choose the Zenist. If you need extra support and sensitivity underfoot, opt for the pricier Phantom.