Who should buy the Evolv Zender

The Evolv Zender is a fantastic approach route companion, especially for hikers who like traveling light. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that navigates approach routes with as much mobility as possible.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that delivers adequate bump protection.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that provides sufficient smearing and edging traction at the same time.

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Provides slip and skid resistance underfoot

This approach hiker from Evolv is equipped with the TRAX Enduro outsole for slip and skid resistance underfoot. It can plant the foot in place, particularly on slippery surfaces, with its sticky rectangular lugs.

Evolv Zender outsole

Excellent grip especially when smearing

The front end of this grippy component is the Zender’s climbing zone. This part of the outsole is smoothed-out and featureless by design to grant wearers enhanced adhesion, especially when smearing.

Evolv Zender outsole 1

Durable and shock-absorbing cushioning

What supplies enough stability and cushioning in the Evolv Zender is a soft midsole made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate. EVA is widely known for its lasting durability and high shock absorption rate. Its microporous construction makes it lighter than regular ones.

Evolv Zender midsole

Comfortable cushioning

The Zender’s midsole is paired with a cushy footbed to up the shoe’s underfoot comfort level. This plush layer is made of memory foam, which follows the contours of the human foot over time. Its canvas top coating is soft to the touch.

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Easy to wear

The Evolv Zender’s low-top shell is made of authentic leather. Getting in and out of its svelte confines is a relatively easy affair thanks to its heavy-duty stitched-on heel pull loop. Moderate padding lines its ankle cuff and tongue for additional cushioning.

Evolv Zender loop

Provides protection against knocks and bumps

Both its heel and arch zones come with enough overlays for extra support. Meanwhile, its forefoot is reinforced with the grippy Variable Thickness Rand, whose front tip is thicker to give approach travelers sufficient protection against knocks and bumps.

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Durable lacing system

Rounding out all things upper in the Evolv Zender is the hiker’s lace-up closure. A total of six pairs of eyelets and a synthetic lace make up its entirety. All of the eyelets come with plating for added durability.

Evolv Zender lacing system

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 312g / Women 284g
Features: Lightweight
Material: Leather
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Evolv
Randing: Forefoot only
SKUs: EVL0312 / EVL0313 / EVL0354 / EVL0355

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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.