Evolv Elektra VTR

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Evolv Elektra VTR
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Evolv's Elektra is their top selling women’s shoe and it just got better. The Elektra VTR has all the same great features as the original Elektra plus more. A low volume toe box, arch, and heel provides optimum performance without forfeiting any comfort.

EVOLV is planning to use VTR Technology to make a toe rand that has strategically varying thicknesses. The HW (High Wear) Zone will be engineered to be thicker and more durable than the other areas of the rand which will not only enhance the toe box structure but prevent toe-bulge as well. (PATENT PENDING)


  • Plush, bedroom slipper comfort


  • Molded logo on heel rand


  • Very comfortable design and soft midsole
  • MX-1 1mm sensitive teardrop half-length midsole for edging and support


  • Quilted nylon lining has a bedroom slipper feel
  • Nylon lining and overlapping padded tongue for comfort


  • These shoes will not stretch; order a size that fits snugly, but not too tight; EVOLV shoes are scaled so your U.S. street shoe size will usually give a snug fit


  • Medium perforated upper for added breathability


  • Nonstretch Synthratek synthetic upper is vegan friendly


  • Two hook-and-loop straps


  • Slipper shape and performance without the uncomfortable pressure and crunch
  • Durable and grippy 4.2 mm TRAX XT-5 rubber
  • Standard asymmetric curvature
  • Great for gym climbing, light sport, and bouldering
  • Perforated synthetic uppe
  • 4.2mm Trax high friction rubber
  • For women and men with low-volume feet
  • VTR3D rand system
  • VTR rand at toe
  • Flat profile
  • 2.2 mm TRAX duro-rand ties the sole to the shoe for sensitivity and power
  • Asymmetrical toe profile for powerful moves

Evolv designed its Women's Elektra Climbing Shoe specifically for people (women or men) with low-volume feet so you can learn how to climb without shoes that flop all over. A flat profile with a low asymmetric curvature makes this shoe an excellent starter for beginners in a gym, and it performs well when you take it to outdoor crags. Evolv made the upper out of Synthratek, which is essentially perforated synthetic leather that's sturdy and rigid yet incredibly breathable. The shoe's nylon lining offers plush comfort that you appreciate when you're hanging from a top rope for what feels like hours. And two hook-and-loop straps offer a simple yet secure closure.

Evolv added an MX-P midsole that's soft and sensitive so you can feel the rock and learn how to smear with an impeccable prowess. The Trax rubber sole features high friction that helps prevent you from slipping off the greasiest foot holds in the gym, and a VTR rand at the toe keeps you climbing in this comfortable shoe for a long time.  

Featuring a narrower and lower volume toe box, arch and heel with a lower ankle cut, the EVOLV® Elektra VTR provides optimum performance without forfeiting any comfort.
Great for gym climbing, light sport and bouldering.
Medium perforated elastic Synthratek synthetic upper for added breathability.
Dual straps with hook-and-loop closure.
VTRD rand system. Variable Thickness Rand Technology features strategically varying thicknesses on the toe rand. The High Wear Zone will be engineered to be thicker and more durable than other areas of the rand which will not only enhance the toe box structure but prevent toe-bulge.
•Prevents toe-bulge and maintains toe box structure.
•More durability in the High Wear Zone.
•Waste reduction during manufacturing process.
MX-P 1 mm half-length midsole.
4.2 mm TRAX® XT-5 high friction rubber outsole.
2.2 mm TRAX® duro-rand.
Women's asymmetrical toe profile (KWA-1).
2.2 mm TRAX® duro-rand.
Slip-lasted construction.
Made in the U.S.A.
FEATURES of the Evolv Women's Elektra Climbing Shoe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Evolv Women's Elektra Climbing Shoe.


Redesigned for 2014 in two colorways, the Evolv 2014 Elektra Climbing Shoe is the top selling women's shoe in the USA. It offers an amazing combination of comfort, performance and value. This shoe is ideal for beginning to advanced climbers and performs in both the gym and on the rock.

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The Evolv Elektra is the best selling women's shoe in the USA. This shoe offers a balance of comfort and performance, and is ideal for beginning to advanced climbers.
Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Comfortable enough to wear on long multi-pitch routes or gym marathon-training sessions, the Evolv Elektra is built for all levels of female climbers.
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Avg. Weight (Pair):13.2 oz.
Last Shape:Flat
Liner:Nylon (comfortable and plush)
Lining:Nylon (comfortable and plush)
Material:4.2mm TRAX high friction rubber
Midsole:MX-P: 1mm sensitive half-length
PROFILE:Women's asymmetrical toe profile (KWA-1 last)
RAND:VTR3D rand system (thicker in front toe area)
SOLE:4.2mm TRAX® XT-5 high friction rubber
Shoe Profile:Flat Profile
Upper:Synthetic (perforated Synthratek upper)
Weight:6.6 oz ½ pair size 7 women's
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Evolv Elektra VTR Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I'm writing this review for other men who are interested in buying these shoes and are wondering about sizing. I bought these shoes because a friend of mine who is a good climber and owns 5 pairs of climbing shoes (mostly Evolv) suggested I look at women shoes -- because I have narrow lower volume feet. When I did a search trying to figure out suggestions on sizing these shoes for men I found very little information. I talked to one person who suggested that they run about a half size smaller so I tried ordering a 10.5. I normally wear around a size 10 or maybe 10.5 in running shoes. I found that these shoes were too small for my feet. I think that these shoes run at least 1 size different (so if I wear a size 10 in mens I'd want a size 11). Another way to look at sizing is to find the correct European sizing since those are the same for men or women (since sizing is so exact and tricky with climbing shoes I wish Zappos would have the manufactures chart here). So for my size 10.5 women shoes they are a 42 (270cm [Japanese sizing]). A 42 in Evolvs mens chart is a US size 9. A womens size 11 is a EU 42.5 (275cm) and mens size 9.5. There seems to be a factor of 1.5 size difference between the mens size and womens size. So I think I could probably use a size 11.5. My previous shoes are Scarppa Feroce. They are a more aggressive climbing shoe with down turned toes. In those shoes I have a mens size 9.5 which is a womens 10.5 and EU 42.5 (so different sizing conversion here). The Scarppa shoes fit very good but because they are more aggressive I don't like wearing them more than 20 minute. For these evolv shoes I wanted a more comfortable fit for mostly gym climbing. When you size climbing shoes you want them to fit tight around your foot so that your shoes become part of your feet -- more like a sock then a shoe. It's good to have your toes touching the end of the shoe and a tight heel. With these shoes they have a small heel which fits my feet well. They are also more narrow which fits my feet well. I wish they had 1 more strap to tighten the front of the shoe more and I'm surprised how much I can tighten them considering these are for womens more narrow feet. I will add that I love that these shoes are American made and with an eye on the environment. Just for reference sake, I've been climbing for 3 years and I normally climb about once a week -- outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter. I climb around a 5.10 range (in Wisconsin).
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 09/08/2011

Great Beginner Shoes

These shoes are great for beginners or someone who wants a nice pair of gym shoes that will last. I bought some Elektras years ago when I first started climbing and only in the last 6 months did they get their first hole. I liked them a lot because I have a sort of wide foot and these weren't too narrow in the heel. They last a long time and are perfect if you are just starting or don't want the harsh holds at the gym to ruin your shoes that are meant for harder climbs outdoors.
Climbing Runner at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2014

Good shoe, good price.

I just bought a second pair of these shoes after my first developed a hole in the toe after almost 9 months of wear (2-3x weekly at a gym, outdoor more rarely than I'd like). Good price, comfortable fit at half a size down from street shoe size. My only complaint is that the shoes get more than a bit smelly--glad that they are using a non-leather material, but make sure you leave them out to air well to avoid rankness.
Christine at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 05/05/2012
I bought this shoe with nothing but risk. i was living in Ireland and had started climbing pretty regularly and realized I needed proper shoes. One of my friends had a pair of evolvs and as luck would have it they were just a size bigger than what I normally wear. I found these and ordered a 1/2 size smaller (cause you're supposed to) and they are great! they hold up great and make all the difference in my climbing!
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 08/16/2011

Good Shoe

Had them about a month and so far I love them. I climb in a gym about 4 times a week for hours at a time and they're never uncomfortable. I haven't been outside with them yet but I tend to be pretty rough on my equipment and they've been holding up great! I usually take about an eight in any shoe, but I think these run small I own a nine. Defiantly a good product, happy climbing!
Lauren at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2011

Elektra VTR Climbing Shoe

My feet are normally a size 7.5 so I bought the 8 and then had to return it for an 8.5. The 8.5 is still a bit snug, but workable. I had tried climbing shoes on at the climbing gym I go to, as well as athletic stores, so I had originally thought I would be fine buying online. Rock Creek had a great return policy, so no hassle getting a size bigger.
jmrindos at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2013

love my shoes

I use these shoes in the gym, bouldering, and on various sandstone walls. I love them because they are easy to put on and take off, are very comfortable, and nice and simple design. I was really amazed at how much the rubber actually made a difference in how well I climb. Super durable for smearing and edging. I trust these shoes more and more every time I use them.
Ruger at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2011

Sweet Shoes

I just started climbing last year and have become extremely addicted to the sport. These shoes are awesome! I use them outside bouldering and in the gym. They are absolutely great. They run a little large, I would suggest going down a half size or full size than what you usually would wear.
Kate Daniel at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 01/01/2012

Good first pair of climbing shoes

I've used them for the past two weeks at the gym. They've treated me right so far. I ordered a 6 1/2 and they are tight. I usually wear a 5 1/2 shoe. My left big toe gets really crammed in their. I would still recommend them though.
ASU at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 07/07/2013

Great shoe

The climbing gym I go to has evolv shoes as their rentals so I already knew a full size down would be a perfect fit. I use these mainly for bouldering. They work well for this, I have not had any problems.
K10 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Not a fan of these shoes...I think it's mostly because of the velcro. I have pretty narrow feet with a high arch and these shoes don't feel too solid; the toe has space in the wrong place and the sole doesn't fit snug against the bottom of my foot. The velcro hangs past the sole about 1", which is especially annoying in the gym when it gets stuck to the pads. Next time I'll go for a pair with laces!
Natasha - customer at Zappos.com on 12/12/2012

poor crafting

There was a reddish glue covering all the parts which made the shoes look old and dirty. My feet are very narrow and they felt wide at the toe. I sent them back.
JuanaMunra at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014