"great strapped climbing shoe for an excellent price"
Bought the shoe for a good friend who happens to be a gym climber from outside the country.I asked him why pick the Evolv over a bunch of strapped La Sportivas (a pretty popular brand where he's from) and he responded that for the price and quality, it's certainly a better value purchase over a pair of La Sportivas. He's primarily using the shoe for indoor wall climbing at his gym.
"Solid shoe for entry level climbers that comes at a good price point"
The defy is an excellent shoe for entry level climbers due to it's price point and excellent construction. Most shoes that are $75 or less will fall apart rather quickly or lack quality for solid climbing. It's not the Cadillac of climbing shoes by any stretch, but climbers of all skill can get use of them, and a definite hell yea for your first pair of climbing shoes when you don't want to rent from the gym anymore.
They're a very decent shoe for a beginner climber. Though I think the La Sportiva Tarantulas are a better option for a similar price, the evolv defy are a standard beginner-intermediate shoe that perform well. They have adequate grip on the rock, but are not the best. As a beginner, they will perform great, and teach you how important foot placement can be. They are not that great when performing moves such as heel-hooking, but they do alright. The synthetic materials are fairly durable and should last a while, the only disadvantage is that they need washing fairly regularly, as the shoe starts to smell with any serious usage. I used these as a beginners shoe, and still use them as an intermediate. They are still performing well for me, so I see no reason to upgrade, for the price range, they are hard to beat but the la-sportiva tarantulas are also worth looking at.
"Hard to find a more recommendable intro shoe"
Defys are cheap, well made, and offer excellent performance. One plus of a synthetic as your first shoe is that they hardly stretch, meaning that you know right in the store or out of the box if they will fit you well or not. Leather shoes can take a small leap of faith while you wait for them to break in.
Shoes fits great, comfortable for climbing shoes (i.e., can keep them on for while) but wouldn;t run a marathon in them. Style is low key but nice. Price is right for a first pair of climbing shoes for folks who are turned off from renting climbing shoes at the gym.
Bought these as my first pair of climbing shoe and they've worked out great. I've used them in a gym, outdoor, and even did some deep water soloing with them. They're holding up great and I expect them to last much longer. The only problem I've had with them is the smell. They don't breathe for your feet very well so all of the sweat builds up. On the plus side, it only took about four or five uses to break them in to fit comfortably.
This is an awesome climbing shoe for the gym. The sizes tend to run smaller than the La Sportiva shoes. These shoes offer a snug fit and are a breeze to put on with the velcro straps. They don't seem to stretch out. I wish that the upper part of the rubber that covers the top of the toes and the heal had thicker rubber. Seems like these shoes will wear pretty quickly, but they are holding up well so far. Overall, they are an excellent pair of climbing shoes, especially for the gym/entry level climber.
When you are starting out you need a shoe that is comfortable and cheap, your footwork will be so bad that you will quickly wear through the rand on any shoe (mostly from scrapping the upper toe across the wall). This shoe is a great all around performer and a fraction of the cost of upper end shoes, making it an ideal shoe for the beginner or even a great gym shoe for the seasoned climber.
"Great shoes - fit well and comfortably while still edging accurately"
I'm a novice climber, and I've been using these at the gym for a month now. Wear a street size 12 - bought these in 11.5. I'm able to wear them through my entire gym climbing session (2+ hours) and don't feel that they are too uncomfortable, or that they limit my climbing ability at all. After a month of scraping my foot up and down the wall (due to my amazing footwork), the rubber looks not much worse than when I bought them. And they haven't started smelling either!
Well it lasted these shoes worked fine. They are a very basic shoe and do a great job for the price however they did not last very long. They blew a hole in the toe in the first 3 months. I thought it was just because i had poor climbing form and was dragging my feet but my new shoes have lasted twice as long with twice as much climbing per week. They also smelt extremely bad. I tried numerous things(dryer sheets, fabrees, I aired them out quite well) but nothing helped.