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.
15 product reviews
Overall great feeling shoe, its pretty wide on the fore foot with tight heel. First perfectly on my feet
That six point single strap with adjustment works well, lets see how that lace will last.
Phantom is a stiff shoe and really atv shoe from indoor to outdoor and from slabs to hooks.
Sizing is line with street sizes, i have 44 and my street shoe is 44-44,5.
Definitely going to buy another pair too!
Nice allround shoe!
Personal best fit of shoes. Bought 44,5 (shoe size 45) and own La Sportiva Katanas (43,5) and Testarossa's (44).
Tight fit, real nice for heel hooks, toe hooks,...
Use them for bouldering and sport climbing.
Bought these half a size down (46.5 from 47 street shoe size). The break-in period was 2-3 sessions, they never felt really painful, but now they are snug and fit my feet perfectly (greek shaped feet, average width in the fore foot but quite narrow heel).
I could have gone still half a size down maybe for a tighter fit, but it's fine as it is, not a single dead space.
Regarding performance, I like a stiffer shoe so they are perfect for me in that regard. Sensitivity is fine, but I have to look at my feet to place them perfectly on tiny hold. And after using them 3-4 times a week for 2 months, they still seem brand new, so wear should be good. Obviously, being stiffer, they're not made for smearing, and the lack of sensitivity makes me uncomfortable on some sloppy volumes, but that may have to do with my foot work.
Coming from Solution Comps (9.5 US Mens), ordered these in 10.5 US Mens, street shoe is 11 US Mens. Bought these as a beater pair for volume sessions at my gym.
These shoes have a bit more asymmetry than the comps, so those who are more comfortable with that design will enjoy. Not suuuper sensitive, but very still solid. Pretty rough break in period however. Fit is tight and somehow still feels slightly imprecise.
Definitely worth the sale 130$ I spent on them though, and a solid intro to the aggressive shoe market for newer climbers. For those looking to check something new out, I would highly recommend just spending a bit more to get Solution Comps.