No good for Smearing but Great for cracks and edges
Review by: unrooted, 2009-09-25
I was blown away by how hard it was to smear in these, but they are downturned just enough to make it damn near impossible without putting my ass really far back.
If I didn't need a shoe for smearing then these would probably be perfect, they edge really well even though I bought them a half size bigger than my street shoe size. I bought them big so I could crack climb in them and found them to be great for that, much less painful than most other shoes for cracks.
In the gym they are perfect, the 'gimicky' ridges on the heal actually worked really well for me, but that may be partially due to the way the heel cup fits my heel so perfectly.
I am not going to keep the shoes though, after less than a week of climbing the sole already has a hole in it, possibly due to granit climbing done over the weekend, or the gym midweek, or evolv used shitty rubber on this particular pair. Good thing R E I has a great return policy!