40 users: 5 / 5
12 experts: 93 / 100
Weight: Men 255g
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Lace-up
Fit: Performance fit

Verdict from 9.8 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • Several owners who have tried the Evolv Oracle say that its heel cup fits like a dream.
  • Some of those who have used the shoe multiple times find its edging capability incredible.
  • This rock climbing shoe from Evolv has a super-quick break-in period, according to a handful of users who have purchased it.
  • The Oracle heel hooks like a champ, says a professional footwear critic who has tested it.
  • A decent number of those who have bought this astonishing climbing shoe love its highly customizable lacing system.
  • When it comes to comfort, the Evolv Oracle is impressive, according to a few wearers who have climbed in it several times.
  • A couple of climbers who have sent problems in it swear by the remarkable stickiness of its outsole.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An expert who has reviewed this climb-centric piece says that its toe-hooking capability is below average.
  • After around three months, the shoe’s upper feels a little loose because of the stretching of the upper, says one user.

Bottom line

Senders who are in search of a rock shoe that breaks in quickly with a kind of heel cup that fits like a glove might want to give the Oracle a shot.That said, users would be doing it a disservice if they ignore its greatness in the areas of edging and heel hooking.

The shoe, however, might be viewed as a miss by those who need ace-level toe-hooking prowess in their footwear. Nevertheless, the Oracle is yet another Evolv product that climbers can use proudly on steep terrain.

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-The Evolv Oracle is built for climbing enthusiasts who require the right amount of heel and forefoot power in sending challenging routes. Its tongue is imbued with an antimicrobial liner courtesy of Agion to combat bad odor.

-It comes engineered with the Molded VTR, where VTR stands for Variable Thickness Rand. As its name suggests, this proprietary protective coating is thicker around high-wear areas for enhanced protection but thinner around certain sections to reduce hotspots and pressure points.

-This vegan-friendly rock climbing shoe is built with a pair of yet another Evolv-exclusive technologies: Love Bump and Knuckle Box. The former is a “bump” right underneath the flex point of the toes; it fills in dead space. The latter, on the other hand, leaves the knuckle region of the shoe with enough space, reducing hotspots as a result. Together, these two technologies aid the toes to curl into position, allowing the climber to handle edges with better efficiency.

Downturn. The Evolv Oracle is a climbing shoe that is engineered with an aggressive downturn. This kind of toe profile enables climbers to tackle edges and like features with as little forefoot effort as possible. The technologies Knuckle Box and Love Bump help in retaining the aggressiveness of its down-camber.

Applications. This indoor-slash-outdoor climbing shoe is equipped with components that make it a competent tool for trad and sport climbing as well as bouldering. Its designers furnished it with features that enable senders to scale vertical faces, slabs, cracks, and overhangs.

Evolv’s Oracle is a low-top aggressive rock shoe for men.  Its lace-up closure with FSS Heel Tensioner grants users a heel-secure, personalized fit. A synthetic lace and combination eyelets make up the Oracle’s closure system. Its top-most metal eyelets transition to the FSS Heel Tensioner which is comprised of a pair of synthetic cords

Midsole. The Oracle uses a half-length midsole called MX-P in giving the user enough support underfoot for a comfy yet secure climb. It comes at a thickness of 1.6 mm. The shoe is also engineered with the Dark Spine midsole. This secondary midsole component protects the heel from impact. It also helps keep the heel securely in place.

Outsole. Thanks to the Oracle’s Trax-SAS outsole, wearers can send problems, whether indoors or outdoors, with adequate grip. The thickness of its build is 4.2 mm. Its split-type construction gives owners improved flexibility around the arch.

The Oracle’s below-the-ankle upper is made of Synthratek VX—a synthetic fabric wholly owned by Evolv. Its interior walls are not lined. It has a rubber rand (a.k.a the Molded VTR) reinforcing its lower perimeter, giving climbers enhanced defenses against abrasions while providing them with extra control while performing toe jams and similar techniques. The heel and arch sections of the upper are also engineered with a sturdy rand for added protection and heel security. Evolv designers armed the shoe with two pull loops and a split tongue to make on and off a fairly quick experience.

The Oracle is often compared with other rock shoes, thanks to its quality build. One of the climb-centric kicks people like comparing it with is the Defy—another Oracle offering. Know a few of their differences in the following:

Pricing. The Defy is a budget-friendly climbing shoe. It is cheaper than the Oracle by about $90.

Weight. The Oracle is roughly 15 grams heavier than its rival shoe.

Lockdown system. The Evolv Oracle offers fit personalization via its lace-up closure. The Defy, on the other hand, secures the foot with its Velcro strapping system.

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How Oracle compares

This shoe: 99
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This shoe: £180
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£70 £210
This shoe: 255g
All shoes average: 231g
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