The Evolv Bandit Climbing Shoe is designed to offer pretty awesome versatility and comfort for all types of climbing, and is always one of Evolv's top selling lace shoe. This Evolv shoe features medium stiffness with a chiseled toe box, dual layer upper that enhances structure and support, and a good old fashioned lace closure for an awesome fit. The Bandit is offers responsive edging for all types of climbing, and is a great all around climbing shoe for all experience levels.
Evolve's Bandit climbing shoe is the perfect specimen as a multi-purpose performance lace-up shoe that allows you to excel at micro-edging, smearing, and crack climbing. The full length speed-lacing design provides a precision molded fit with a quick pull of the laces. The integrity webs on the side provide better lateral support and a consistent non-stretch fit over time and the microfiber lining provides a comfortable feel and proves that performance shoes can feel great to climb in.
The teardrop shaped MX-2 stiff half midsole adds edging power without sacrificing flexibility in the midsection. This is the ideal lace-up performance shoe for intermediate to advanced climbers who like precision edging power.
|Lining:||Microfiber (balance of comfort and performance)|
|Rand:||VTR rand (thicker front toe area)|
|Sole:||4.2mm TRAX high friction rubber|
|Upper:||Synthetic (non-stretch Synthratek upper)|
|Evolv Bandit SC||$89.99 - $130.00|
Have been climbing for more than 20 years and these are one of the best all around shoes I've found. Lacing system is amazing. I prefer these to anasazi laceups and muira's just don't fit my feet. Tried a few and I ended up going up a half size, which I will admit isn't typical of climbing shoes. As stiff as these are, and as little as they stretch, there's no reason to get some masochistic size. I think you could still stand on dime edges in a pair that is 5 sizes too large.
These shoes edge amazingly. Haven't used them in cracks yet but they should excell. Not a lot of feel due to the sole thickness and stiffness, but I consider that a positive if you're confident in your footwork or just need an edging masterpiece. Extremely comfortable, I could wear these all day long. Very impressed so far.
This shoe has a pretty nice toe box with a super gripping heel. I've used them three or four times now about 5 hours each and haven't noticed a smell that I have read about with other shoes. I wear a 10.5 US street shoe and was originally going to buy the Optimus Primes, but noticed these were cheaper and they seemed to size the same. I bought a half size up and they work wonderfully. They are snug, but don't cram your feet till you can't wear them for more than half an hour. They have a little trouble edging on those dime size holds, but other than that it's a really great shoe.
I've been climbing everyday for almost seven months in these shoes and they have held up great. very little indoor climbing on them. after about 5 months the rubber wasn't quite as sticky and my arms became pumped faster. size accordingly as they will loosen over time, not much, just to a comfortable fit. The stiff sole is great for begginers and have used them on many technical 11's and 12's. Great shoe with great performance. My feet stink in most shoes, I have sweaty feet. :/ But have not noticed much smell in them at all.
I absolutely love these shoes. I had to go a full size down from my street shoe size, 10 to a 9. first few wears were a bit rough, but now they are absolute glory. I can wear them for hours without any severe aching. They do grip extremely well, and edge great.
I read reviews of people having a stinking problem, but having mine for 8 or 9 months and wearing them an hour or longer at a time, mine still smell new.
I absolutely love this shoe it has out preformed many other climbing shoes in the gym,and sticks to the gneiss rock of the Adirondacks like glue. my street shoe sizes is a 10.5 - 11 and the smallest bandit i could fit in to for more than a half hour was a size 9.5 I don't think these shoes smell any worse than any other climbing shoe, but it is harder to wash the smell out of them.
I climbed in these for two months, at a beginner level (5.9) and no more than twice a week, strictly on the plastic rocks and both toes split open about ~1/2in. I also hate how bad Evlov's start to smell fairly soon after you break them in, due to them being synthetic. It's just unfortunate that they got trashed so quickly since I think they would've been a great outdoor shoe since they are very comfortable and easily stick to whatever you want them too, however since the edges are rather rounded the edging in them wasn't as good as I had hoped for.
These were my first rock shoes (actually, the model before this--the black/gray ones). They perform fine; my problem is stink-retention. I don't have smelly fit. Never did. I was genetically spared from that curse. But these shoes...there's something about that eco-friendly suede they use that just retains food odor like none other. Even after airing out for a few days, it's still possible to smell the odor if you get close enough. I know I'm not alone on this. Other reviews of Evolv climbing shoes have noted the exact same stink issue.