Evolv Bandit

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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.

FEATURES of the Evolv Men's Bandit Climbing Shoe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Evolv Men's Bandit Climbing Shoe.


  • Stiff half-midsole for increased edging performance


  • All around versatility in a comfortable fit

Lining and Layers:

  • Dual layer upper enhances structure and support


  • Padded tongue for increased comfort in cracks


  • Synthetic upper reduces stretching to keep this shoe from outgrowing your foot


  • Speed lace closure system
  • Ultra-sticky Trax XT-5 rubber for security on the thinnest holds
Rock/Creek Outfitters

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.

From dime-sized edges to splitter cracks to high-angle jug hauls, the Evolv Bandit Climbing Shoe can do it all. The Bandit features a full-length speed lace that gives you a precise fit with a single pull. Webbed side panels help reduce excessive stretch and provide added lateral support.

With a double layer red upper for stronger structure, a better heel cup and perforated uppers, the EVOLV® Bandit is designed for spot, trad and gym use.
Perforated elastic Synthratek synthetic upper provides breathability and comfort.
Extra red upper strip enhances structure and padding.
Microfiber lining.
MX-P 2 mm stiff full-length midsole.
4.2 mm TRAX® XT-5 high friction rubber outsole.
2.2 mm TRAX® duro-rand.
Asymmetrical toe profile (KA-1).
Slip-lasted construction.
Made in the U.S.A.
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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)
Weight:1/2 pair
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Evolv Bandit Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Oh man, don't get me started. The Bandit by far is the most comfy lace up on the market. I found that there was nothing these bad boys can't do. They edge, smear, crack climb, steep climb, heal hook and take the trash out with minimal effort. They pretty much do it all and do it with authority. You want a comfy all around bad ass shoe, then the Bandit is your weapon of choice. The shoe has Evolv's synthetic liner, which makes the feel out of the box like putting beaver lined house slippers on. The upper is soft enough, that over time, the shoe just keeps getting more and more comfy. What a concept, right? The toe box is pretty much the same as their other A-Symetrical models. The speed lacing system makes a lazy boulderer like myself take notice. Fast is the adjective I would use for these kicks. Get a pair, get em now!
EZ - customer at Zappos.com on 07/23/2010

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.

Jestep at Backcountry.com on 11/18/2013

I really like this shoe

I have only been indoor climbing with this shoe so far, but I can't wait to get it outdoors. I switched from a pair of 5.10 coyote's. Initially I was scared to step away from the 5.10 rubber, but this shoe has exceeded expectations and the rubber is just as good if not better than the stealth c4 rubber. For me they are just a touch uncomfortable but I wanted to make sure that they were snug because my 5.10's were a little too big. These shoes work great for me smearing and edging, and I like the snugness. I wear a 12 in a New Balance sneaker and I ordered a 12 and it's great. I feel confident on tiny holds and I can't wait to get them in a crack. I have only climbed in them twice and I can already see an improvement. This is a great shoe.
Chalbert at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2009

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.

dws4466867 at Backcountry.com on 02/25/2011

new shoes

i climb a lot indoors and only occasionally outdoors but these have done great bouldering indoors. the toe is aggressive enough for for some holes and cracks but they also allow me to smear it up. i am definitely happy with these shoes as these are the first ones i have purchased my first pair were hand me downs. i would recommend these. also i went to the rockcreek by greenlife and the staff there was super helpful, knowledgeable and nice. nathan did a good job helping me out and you guys matched the internet price. thanks for a positive buying experience.
palmer at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 10/10/2009

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.

Ryan Martin at Backcountry.com on 03/06/2012
Okie dokie. These shoes are A++. They smear like nobodies business and can edge pretty good. They can not stand on a super tiny edge but they are pretty good. I have mainly used them in the gym but i have been out to real rock once and they did great. The speed laces are great compared to my other shoes. My one complaint is that they stink. Very, very stinky. If the stink does not bother you then these shoes are even better.
Noah - customer at Zappos.com on 11/05/2011

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.

bulletbeas2154754 at Backcountry.com on 11/04/2010

Looking for a great cheap shoe?

I personally love this shoe, I use it mainly indoors because its been super cold out, had them since Novemberish. Although I have been outdoors in these some. They have an amazing fit that can be fully adjustable to your preference and comfort. I can wear them for hours without feeling like I need to take them off and they smear very well. Just all around great shoe, especially for the price. Just try a pair on. [thumbs up]
Chuck at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 02/02/2010

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.

teh2699601 at Backcountry.com on 01/07/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Wish they didn't change the shoe

The grey version (2007) was my first climbing shoe, and it was nearly perfect, but for the smell. I moved on to sportiva solutions and miuras as I got better, but have developed sesamoiditis from the too-tight toe boxes (and downsizing too much). So I decided to pick up these in the same size to replace my broken down pair. The heel shape has changed, and is a bit baggier. Also the arch didn't fit as well as before. That said, the shoe is still good for edging/smearing. Depending on your heel shape, you may like the new shoe, but I preferred the old one and am getting my old shoes resoled.
Ohio is so flat at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 09/09/2012

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.

Victoria H. at Backcountry.com on 02/29/2012

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.

Jesse Lind at Backcountry.com on 10/08/2009