Evolv Phantom Climbing Shoe
The Phantom is the top performance shoe in the Evolv range, it has been designed in collaboration with Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson, who if you don't know are some of the best boulderers in the world. It is amazingly powerful and sensitive but still has enough stiffness to be amazing at standing on tiny edges. The Phantom is packed with the latest technologies to give it the greatest possible performance. It has a NEOFLEX which has a neoprene laminate which stretches two ways which lets the knuckle box expand when it's flexed and retract quickly when flatter, this puts less pressure on the toes even with the amount of toe rubber on top of the Phantom. The midsole features TPS+ (Tension Power System Plus) technology which helps the Phantom to keep its downturn over it's lifetime. The Midsole also has an AVT (Abridged Variable Thickness) which gives you more sensitivity in the toes for precise edging without losing support. The Phantom has a six-point, single pull, closure which allows you to quickly tighten and adjust, and gives you a great secure fit. The heel on the Phantom is very sensitive, it is made from a combination of a Dark Spine midsole with a thinner 2mm heel outsole perfect for technical heel hooks. The Phantom is the perfect shoe advanced climbers looking to push their grade sport climbing or bouldering.
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Black / White
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TRAX Rubber 4.2 mm
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> DARK SPINE S - For structure and sensitivity.
> AVT PLASTIC MIDSOLE - For sensitivity and support.
> TRAX® SAS - Best friction plus maximum durability.
> COMPRESSION CLOSURE SYSTEM (CCS) - 6-point single-pull closure for superb fit.
> MOLDED VTR - Our Variable Thickness Rand (VTR) system puts thinner rand rubber in areas to reduce pressure points and hot spots around the foot as well as thicker rubber for increased longevity in the high wear zones near the toe for durability and performance.
> TPS+ RUBBER MIDSOLE - For downturned toe and arch structure.
8 product reviews
I absolutely love this shoe, my only complaint is after having the shoes for 5 weeks the material holding the top eyelet broke making them unusable. I noticed fraying on this point the first time I took them climbing so perhaps I got a faulty pair. Other than this the shoes are brilliant.
My best shoes so far. Work well on bouldering
While wearing this shoe for the first time was extremely painful, the second was surprisingly comfortable. From then on, it was the best shoe i ever tried for bouldering. A perfect fit of the heel and a rather soft middle part, make it very comfortable to wear. The front part is more stiff, which allows you to be very precise on little footholds.
Wouldn't recommend it for extreme smearing for example in the gym, but wore it for short sport climbing routes, and i am very happy with this shoe.
finally found the best shoe
from smear stability to accurate power from jibs these can literally do anything.
Definitely my favourite shoe I own so far. A few draw backs though:
Takes a while to break the shoe in. For me in took almost a 1-2 months to break in and fit without plastic bags. I downsized by 1.5 (street 41 bought at 39.5). When squeezed my foot in without plastic I fell in love with them. They have amazing sensitivity at the toe and the heel works perfectly - no air bubble.
The only thing I would say they need to fix is the durability of them. I’ve already got the soft Velcro ripping from the shoe. The lace only took one climb of toe hooks for that to start breaking too. Not sure where I order new laces since they’re replaceable..
Otherwise I think this will be a shoe I’ll keep buying.