Who should buy the Evolv Nighthawk

The Evolv Nighthawk soars high with its arsenal of climb-focused capabilities. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that responds to the sending needs of climbers, whether beginner or advanced. 
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that gives wearers a fighting chance against unwanted odors.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is mainly intended for sport and trad climbing.

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Evolv Nighthawk notable features

  • The Evolv Nighthawk is an all-around performer capable of responding to the sending needs of climbers, whether beginner or advanced. It comes built with an antimicrobial lining from Agion.
  • This piece is engineered with the Evolv-exclusive technology called Molded VTR (Variable Thickness Rand). As its name suggests, this proprietary tech affects the thickness of the shoe’s randing—reducing pressure points and hotspots as a result. It also improves the durability of the shoe.

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The Evolv Nighthawk's profile

Downturn. The Nighthawk is categorized as a neutral climbing shoe. As such, it can provide a combination of comfort and support for multi-pitch ascents.

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Applications. This climbing shoe is advertised as an all-rounder by Evolv. Its usability makes it ideal for climbers of all skill levels. It is mainly intended for sport and trad climbing. It may be used on climbable structures both indoors and outdoors.


The Evolv Nighthawk is a low-cut rock climbing shoe for men. Users may get a pair with a different sizing per shoe for an additional fee. Its lace-up closure grants fit customization. This shoe is built around an asymmetrically shaped last, offering reliable support for edging. Its leather upper also conforms to the shape of the feet over time providing maximum comfort.

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Excellent surface traction

This Evolv climbing piece uses the Trax-SAS outsole for sufficient surface adherence. It is a full-length component, having a thickness of 4.2 mm.

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Sensitive yet supportive

Giving climbing enthusiasts an adequately sensitive yet supportive platform in the Nighthawk is the shoe’s MX-P midsole. Its full-length construction is 1.4 mm thick.

Evolv Nighthawk midsole

Easy to wear

The Nighthawk has a leather upper engineered with stitched-on overlays. It does not have a liner. It comes with two pull loops and a split tongue to help owners slip in and out of it with ease. 

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Provides climbing security and toe protection

It is walled with a long-wearing rubber rand to give climbers extra security and protection in situations where toe jamming is necessary. A synthetic lace and combination eyelets make up its closure system.

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Evolv Nighthawk vs. Defy

The Nighthawk from Evolv is often compared with other rock climbing kicks. One such shoe, which comes from the same brand, is the Defy. Take a quick read of their differences below:

Pricing. Both Evolv shoes are budget-friendly. That said, the Nighthawk earns a point in this match-up for being $10 cheaper than the Defy.

Closure. The Evolv Defy locks the foot in place with its Velcro closure, while the featured climbing shoe does the same with its ghillie lacing.

Weight. The competitor takes the crown in this round for being about 30 grams lighter than the Nighthawk.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 267g
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Lace-up
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather, Mesh

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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.