Evolv Captain Shoe

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Evolv Captain Shoe
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Minimalist approach kicks might be just fine for a quick out-'n-back jaunt to a nearby slab. But when getting to promised land requires a little more gear, a bit more determination, and a bigger investment of time, reach for the Evolv Captain Shoe to take you there and back safely and in total comfort.


  • Compression molded EVA midsole ups the cushioning power

Support and Cushioning:

  • TPU heel stabilizer provides extra support

Traction and Grip:

  • High-friction Trax outsole allows for superior grip during your approach


  • Nubuck leather upper stands up to abuse and shields your toes from jagged roots, rocks, and talus on trail


  • Full shank provides lateral and torsional stability for extra stiffness that doesn't add weight or inhibit your foot's natural flex
  • Rubber toe and heel rands add extra protection against wear and tear
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Evolv Captain Shoe Reviews:


I got a pair of these over the winter and have since worn them for everything from hanging around, climbing El Cap or scrambling in the Sierra.
These are a great approach shoe or hiker for more substantial missions than a quick jaunt to the crag. You can put the miles down in these things, and climb in them too. I have worn them for soloing lots of easier climbs like Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne and love them for that. I would say they excel as a hiking/approach shoe (which is what they were made to be, no doubt, not a true approach and climb shoe, check out the Bolt for that).
Overall, the design is really nice, I do wish that the toe rand extended about 3 or 4 inches farther back on the outside edges, this is always a problem on shoes for me. I do so much climbing in my approach shoes that this is always a weak spot.Despite that, I definitely recommend them.

hoipolloi at Backcountry.com on 09/03/2012

I have had this shoe for about a month now and have used it multiple times climbing in Joshua Tree. It works perfectly as an approach shoe over some pretty scketchy approaches. The shoe fits true to size, is very comfortable and grabs the grainy rock in Joshua Tree like glue. I would recommend this shoe to anyone looking for a good approach shoe at a resonable price. Backcountry had it on sale and they were great on the shipping. I had it in just a few days.

jra5657825 at Backcountry.com on 07/17/2012

I bought these to replace a pair of 5.10's that I had had for several years. I loved the traction provided by the 5.10's, particularly on slickrock, but they were never super comfortable. The Captains, on the other hand, seem to be the best of both worlds. These have become my go-to shoe for canyoneering and all around hiking. For an approach shoe with legitimate midsole cushioning they also edge surprisingly well.

Aaron Bender at Backcountry.com on 05/26/2013

This shoe is great. You can approach in it, boulder, hike, or just wear it around town. Super comfortable and stable great for any need, looks good too. I ordered a half size up from what I generally wear. I have nothing bad to say about these things so far.

Matthew Pizza at Backcountry.com on 06/12/2013

I got this shoe for the long approaches to my favorite climbing crags and I haven't been disapointed. From jumping through talus fields to mud and snow these haven't let me down. Great grip and good anchle protection I love these shoe for any kind of terrain.

Kyle Dontanville at Backcountry.com on 06/27/2012

Excellent traction on rock, snow, or wading through rivers. Breathable yet rugged construction, fits well in aiders, and stands up to heavy blows removing loose choss. Even stood up to bits of slag from welding in the shop. Excellent shoe, good for expeditions!

Ben Schmitt at Backcountry.com on 04/28/2012