Pack and Paddle is now your source for Evolv Climbing Shoes. Evolv is a US based climbing company that produces some really amazing at a great price (these models run $79). We’re now carrying the Defy for men and the Electra for women.
Here’s what Evolv has to say about the Defy and Elektra:
The DEFY is one of our most popular shoes and became an instant hit as soon as we released it. It combines the benefit of a comfortable multi-purpose shoe and the convenience of a hook-and-loop fastener performance shoe. With the feel of a sensitive slipper, the DEFY will smear on any slick sloper or stick on overhanging faces while being comfortable enough to wear on long multi-pitch routes or gym marathon-training sessions. Climbers of all abilities and styles will truly appreciate these shoes after just one day with them. The DEFY is a must-have for every climber who wants a comfortable shoe that fits and performs superbly out of the box.
Here’s a couple of reviews on the Defy and Elektra:
“Superlight and highly flexible, yet with a relaxed, flat last, the Defy is a steep rock sport and gym shoe for climbers who loathe the acute foot compression associated with down-turned, banana-shaped performance shoes. That said, the Defy, because it is soft and lets your foot lie flat, requires more foot strength than stiffer-soled shoes and softer models that compress your toes. … However, the Defy did shine on severe overhangs, where foot pressure is lighter.” Rock and Ice Magazine, Issue 143
“While many climbers have the misinformed belief that hook-and-loop fastener-style shoes must be fit abusively tight and are only for high-end climbing, EVOLV’s Defy proves otherwise. For moderate climbers doing everything from training in the gym to long, mellow multi-pitch outings, the Defy is a sound choice. It solidly blends sensitivity and support, and features a protective, durable upper and a micro-fiber lining.” Climbing Magazine website review