Evolv X1 Climbing Shoe

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Evolv X1 Climbing Shoe and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 83 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.8 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 26

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Downturn is proficient for overhanging problems.
  • The single Velcro strap makes it easy and quick to adjust.
  • The shape and construction is good for edging.
  • Moderately aggressive and the rubber grips well for added performance.
  • Shoe is comfortable for an aggressive shoe.
  • The adjustability lets the shoe bend around the natural curve of your foot.
  • The rubber and the precise shape makes toe-hooking easy.

Expert Reviews

  • Very proficient at toe-hooking and indoor climbing,
  • The rubber grips well on various surfaces.
  • Very versatile and works well on slabs, caves, or on the face of rocks.
  • Performs like a higher-priced shoe, while remaining comfortable for everyday use.
  • Performs extremely well on steep terrain and indoor climbing.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Sizing runs very small so you may have to size-up or try on in person before buying.
  • Some reports of the heel being too stiff for some people.
  • Some issues of the heel being too bulky and having some extra space that isn’t needed.

Expert Reviews

  • The heel isn’t the most sensitive for heel-hooking.
  • Doesn’t have a super-stiff toe box for specific climbing problems.
  • Might not suit those who are beginners or have wider feet.


The Evolv X1 Climbing Shoe is a versatile, comfortable, and moderately-aggressive shoe that works well for steep terrain, indoor routes, and slabs. The ability of this shoe to work on various routes makes it a great option for advanced climbers who frequently change between indoor and outdoor climbing. Despite some issues with the heel and the sizing running small, this is well-suited for advanced climbers in need of an all-around shoe.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4.