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Evolv Kaos Shoe Review


Evolv Kaos, $115

  • Steep rock: 2 Star
  • Face climbing: 3.5 Star
  • Long routes: 1 Star
  • Upper: Synthetic, lined
  • Rubber: 4mm Trax XT-5

This moderately stiff Velcro shoe is a good face climber, with an Anasazi-type flat last and good forward tension. It would have scored higher if it hadn't been such a bear to wear. The heel cup is exceptionally deep and the slingshot rand yanks against the Achilles tendon. Evolv offers split pairs with different left and right sizing for a small extra charge.

+ Edges well.

- Heel cup is too deep.

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