The men's Evolv Cruzers are minimalist performance casual shoes that live happily in the gray area between rock shoes and approach shoes. With a pair of Cruzers equipped with high friction TRAX rubber, you can scramble up granite slabs, or clip them on your harness when climbing a classic multi-pitch route and cruise down sketchy descents in comfort. You can kick back around the campfire in slipper mode or wash up and head out for a night on the town wearing your clean designer jeans in style.
The Cruzer looks like the perfect laid-back shoe to chill out in, but the brains at Evolv having given it a TRAX rubber outsole to give you better traction for the trail, parkour, and even some climbs! When it's time to go downtown for some pizza and friends, fold the heel down to get a comfortable slipper.
|Closure:||Lace closure with two eyelets and dual overlap tongue|
|EVA OUTSOLE:||TRAX� high friction rubber with edging platform|
|INSOLE:||Microfiber lined memory foam|
|Mid Sole:||Soft Microporous|
|Profile:||Trail running shoe last|
|RAND:||High friction durable rubber toe rand|
|Shoe Sole:||TRAX high friction rubber platform|
|Shoe Upper:||100% Cotton canvas with medial vents|
|Sole:||TRAX high friction rubber with edging platfom|
|Upper:||100% Cotton canvas with medial vents|
|Weight:||7.7 oz (1/2 pair size 9)|
|Evolv Cruzer Approach Shoe||$74.95|
I wear these around town and to work a lot because they're really comfortable. I get comments on them all the time. I like them at the crag for two reasons:
1) The fold down feature on the back that turns them into slip on shoes is fantastic for single pitch sport crag days when you're switching off as climber and belayer often.
2) Hiking off a multi-pitch they're great because they're light, offer enough protection and grip to get down safely, and they clip onto a harness extremely well.
I do NOT take these backpacking, on approaches, or even on day hikes. I climbed the Grand Teton via the Uppoer Exum Ridge route and my partner had these on. His feet were destroyed by the end of our trip. I wore a pair of Adidas Terrex Solos and they were brilliant.
Mine have started to come apart on the outside edge where the sole meets the shoe, and the stitching where the back portion of the canvas is sewn into the front, where that sharp angle is. I've owned the for a year and do wear the pretty often, so I'm satisfied with their durability.
I recently purchased these and have not been climbing yet on account of it being the winter. I think these shoes are awesome so far. I wear them as my primary around town shoe now (replacing my Sanuk's). I also love how the heal collapses so easy, but when it isn't collapsed it is still a sturdy shoe, this will make it great for switching between my climbing shoes and these when I'm not on the wall. But...
I can see how everyone is saying these will not hold up for Approach shoes. I am planning on going climbing this week so we will see how it goes. I am going into it thinking I need to be ultra careful to not start ruining the canvas sides or not to rough up the rubber on the toe.
Also, when I purchased them I got a half a size larger because of previous reviews. This is super important because I don't think they would've fit with my regular size. They also seem a little tight around the foot at first (I actually think I have a fat foot).
I loved my first pair of Cruzers -- comfy, and they're much better for approaches for multi-pitch routes than my previous approach shoes due to their lightweight and low profile when clipped to my harness. However, within a week or two of wear, two seams began tearing, and the most significant tear -- across the toe -- has now turned into a 2" x 1" hole in the canvas layer of the shoe after a couple months of wear.
But I still liked the shoe enough to order a second pair, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they've modified the shoe a bit to address this issue; there's no longer an overlapping seam along the toe.
Beware, however, that the fit has also changed; what was originally a comfortable fit was unpleasantly tight in the new shoe at the same size. I realized the biggest contributor here was a thicker insole. Putting the old insoles in the new shoe felt much better. But I think the toe box is still a bit lower volume in the newer shoe.
These have quickly become my favorite pair of shoes. I was in the market for an approach shoe as a do it all, from light hiking, approaches (obviously) and just wearing around town. Most approach shoes are basically lite hiking shoes w/ sticky rubber. I tend to roll my ankles a lot in conventional shoes, so I needed an minimalist version. These shoes fit the bill perfectly. Basically the shoe Sanuk should be making. Just enough padding to take the edge off, weigh nothing, zero support, and a super sticky sole that works great in the foothills of Colorado. My ankles and knees are sooo much happier in these than any other shoe I have ever worn. When funds allow I will probably buy a few more pairs in case they stop making them. I really wish there were more minimalist shoes out there like this. I don't run, so the standard crop of goofy barefoot running shoes don't fit the bill, these do, and look good enough to wear around town too!
I know the general consensus around here is that these are not made to last, but my experience with them so far have proven otherwise.
I've had these for about a season and a half and they have gone through hell and back. These include, but are not limited to, hiking around the Gunks, getting caught in rainstorms at the New, approaches around Seneca, hopping around Pennsylvania talus and I've even thrown heel hooks on easy boulders. And guess what? I have not a single hole or sole splitting.
I honestly don't really take any special care of them, so I'm not sure how the quality of mine seems to be so much higher.
Otherwise, all the other features mentioned are great. The folding heel is a boon as I sometimes don't even use it as a real shoe for entire trips.
I've been wearing the cruzers for about 5 or 6 months now and they are the best shoes I have owned for descending after big traditional climbs. They are light weight and don't take up much space so I can put 'em onto my harness without issue. I can approach,scramble and descend in them no problem.
These fit like a 'barefoot' shoe and are pretty minimalist, but I have worn them for several mile approaches and descents without any issue.
I love these things and would highly recommend them.
Nice light shoe.Great for approach,scrambling,and
some long easy climbs. Not design to take abuse, like long crack climbs. Heel has an air pocket, which sometimes bugs me, but that might be because they designed the heel to fold in and use as a slipper.Love the shoe, pretty comfortable.
first off, i LOVE Evolv. they are an awesome company with amazing shoes, but this pair really disappointed me. after only 4 approaches (very easy ones at that) these shoes are almost destroyed. the rubber is awesome, but the upper part is very thin and incredibly weak. if you barely brush against a rock they rip. if you go for a light foot jam, they rip. if you have them around rocks at all, they rip... i have one hand and am only 110 pounds. i am very smooth with my feet and the approaches that messed up my shoes were so easy i didnt even have to use my hand. when i started to see rips forming i was confused on how they got ripped so i went slow and was very cautious with my foot work. even still new rips kept forming. these are so thin and weak that i honestly can't believe evolv called them approach shoes. even my $10 pair of normal shoes were more durable than this(wore out the bottoms on them but never had a rip in the upper), and those ones have actually been through some very rough and technical approaches.
i would almost recommend these as everyday shoes, but i wouldn't even recommend that because these smell just like all evolvs. (my feet never stink normally, only in evolvs)
so really i wouldn't recommend these shoes to anyone for any application.
i still love evolv and will only climb with their shoes, but apparently i need to find a new brand for approach shoes...
this is the first time evolv has let me down, and i hate leaving a 1 star review for my favorite company, but these were well deserving of it...
I bought a pair of these shoes after reading a review of them in a climbing magazine which had rated them 'the best approach shoe of 2012'--they were quite the opposite. I wore them only a few times a week, on easy hikes, approaches to climbs, and longer walks, and after only a few months of this sort of use they began to fall apart. I thought that the wear and tear was minor and they wouldn't degrade further so I took them on a Grand Canyon river trip to use on day hikes on side canyons, the sole to one of them began to separate from the shoe under the heal and came almost completely off; the rubber on the toe of the opposite shoe began to do the same and the heel tab ripped completely off. I was very disappointed with these shoes and will not be buying any other products from evolv. (A side note, I bought a pair of $30 Converse low top tennis at about the same time as the evolvs and began to use them in place of the evolvs. Now, almost a year later of almost daily use for every purpose, I am still using them and they are still in great condition.)
If you buy it small enough to climb in the seam across the toe box rips within days. If you buy it bigger, it is worthless. I went through two pairs in as many weeks. c'mon evlolv. Only good if you are looking for a pair of tom's you can wear at the gym.
Used these as a camp shoe with minor use as an approach shoe as well. The seems on the sides began to split within the first week, and by the end of being out for several weeks both have gaping holes on the outsides. Light, climbed well, but unfortunately they're basically falling apart.
Sticky soles and good fit, that's great. But these shoes are super fragile. The outer seam blew out in a matter of days, after a handful of hour-long approaches. $75 is too much for shoes that don't last. I sent them back.
I have hiked several times in those shoes, maybe 20 miles total and soles already started to separated from the shoe. That's pretty bad for $75 approach shoes.
Approach and around for bouldering: Very good. Slipper feature is awesome
Approach to cragging: Good. Comfortable with decent traction. flimsy heel makes it difficult to pull on and off since there is only one heel loop.
Long approach with lots of gear: OK. Small light weight shoe has minimal support but is fairly comfortable even after several hours of approach. Compared to your climbing shoes your feet will be glad to be back in these.
Easy/moderate climbing: OK. the sole is pretty soft and the shoe doesn't edge well. The heel loop is already coming off, so if I downsize more my foot wouldn't get into the shoe without tearing the heel loop off completely.
General Scrambling: OK. Overall traction is good. Fine if you don't need to edge.
Aid climbing: Bad. The sole is too soft and after standing in aiders for a day the foam between the sole and the rubber started to crack/tear. Also quite uncomfortable if standing in aiders for a long time. These shoes clearly weren't designed for wall climbing but they were the only shoes I had at the time.
Next time I need approach shoes I will either look into a new shoe or go back to the 5Tennie guides.
If i got caught having to hike 3 miles up steep terrain to the crag i would not choose these as my shoes of choice. However if it was a well traveled short path to the boulder or crag then this isnt a bad approach shoe. It is light and stylish. It is comfortable and small enough it isnt that big a deal to warm up in these, they actually climb decently well. If you want an easy approach shoe these are worth a try.
I've had the same issues as everybody else, with exception to my soles separating. One week after walking around town and commuting the outer toe-box stitching came undone and the canvas is now coming apart and forming quite the hole. These shoes are awesome looking. Super comfortable, and have cool features like the folding heal, they just aren't designed tough, at all.