Reviews for Elektra
Average Rating : 4.29 out of 5
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Review by: shadylady, 2009-04-13
I have a hard time finding climbing shoes that fit. I got these last year at the beginning of the season. They barely required any break-in time and fit great. I got them 1/2 size smaller than my street shoe size. The rubber was very sticky. They wore out after 50-60 days of use; the last day of use was climbing 17 routes in a day. My partner and I finished them in 4 hours and the toe split by the end of our "session". They seem to wear out in the toe fastest from what I've noticed in mine and other climbers shoes. Overall, I would recommend these shoes highly- other reviewers said that the toe box was baggy- I didn't have that issue. My toes were slightly curled and they only hurt my feet if it was really hot out(due to swelling). LOVE THESE SHOES!!!
Good grip, comfortable, toe box too big
Review by: daera, 2008-10-07
These were my first pair of shoes - they fit fine in street size and didn't stretch much, and the velcro makes them very easy to get in and out of. The rubber is very sticky - they work quite well in the gym - but the toe boxes are a lot roomier than the heels (which fit my narrow feet nicely), so the shoe would bunch up and slide around the ball of my foot when edging on small holds - grr! Also, they get ridiculously stinky once you've made the fatal error of leaving them in your pack after climbing overnight. Overall, a really great beginner shoe.
My new trad shoe
Review by: aerili, 2008-04-25
People seem to wear these shoes for sport and bouldering primarily; I find them far too soft for edging and such but was stoked to find they smear well and jam in cracks painlessly.
Unlike my other evolv shoes, I too sized these about 1/2 down from my street shoe size.
I noticed recently (now that the weather is getting warm again in Ariz) that they ARE a bit more uncomfortable to wear in hot weather on multiple pitches vs a non-synthetic shoe (I suppose they breathe less and therefore my feet also swell more in them).
Word to the wise: I have hard-to-fit feet and evolvs are one of the few brands that seem to make women's shoes across the board that fit me well. So in my experience, evolvs might fit you well if you have:
1) feet on the narrower side
2) but you require a higher volume toe box (i.e. the toe box has more depth than a lot of other shoes--so if a lot of other brands hurt your toes, these might feel better to you, although I find the rear foot to fit narrow feet well)
3) most asymmetrical shoes hurt your feet. Evolvs aren't cut as aggressively in the asym department as others, so that + the taller toe box help to offset the pain
Not so snug
Review by: kmauten, 2007-11-06
Definitely sticky, nice sole profile. However, I found the toe box to be huge, especially in the vertical dimension, to the point where it was bunching up and sliding around my toes on slabs. Very comfortable, but not quite as low-volume and low-profile as they are thought to be. Bought about half a size smaller than street size, minimal stretch after 3 months of 2-3 climbs/week.
Didn't own 'em long, but were great.
Review by: acherry, 2007-07-13
Bought a half size too big, so sold 'em to a friend. But I thought they were super sticky. My friend has complained that the rand wasn't very durable. Might get the super rand on my next pair. I'll let you know if the right size is comfier than my Katana's for long days of trad.