Who should buy the Evolv Oracle

The Oracle is yet another Evolv product that climbers can use proudly on steep terrain. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is built for climbing enthusiasts who require the right amount of heel and forefoot power in sending challenging routes. 
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that combats bad odor.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that can reduce hotspots and pressure points.

Evolv Oracle logo

Provides adequate grip

Thanks to Oracle’s Trax-SAS outsole, wearers can send problems, whether indoors or outdoors, with adequate grip.

Evolv Oracle outsole

Flexible arch support

The thickness of its build is 4.2 mm. Its split-type construction gives owners improved flexibility around the arch.

Evolv Oracle arch suport

A comfy yet secure climb

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.

Evolv Oracle midsole

Secure lockdown

This secondary midsole component protects the heel from impact. It also helps keep the heel securely in place.

Evolv Oracle Secure lockdown

Abrasion-resistant

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. 

Evolv Oracle upper

Provides protection and heel security

The heel and arch sections of the upper are also engineered with a sturdy rand for added protection and heel security.

Evolv Oracle arch 1

Easy to wear

Evolv designers armed the shoe with two pull loops and a split tongue to make on and off a fairly quick experience.

Evolv Oracle easy to wear

Evolv Oracle vs. Defy

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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 255g
Construction: Slip lasted, Vegan
Closure: Lace-up
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic

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Author
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.