EVOLV Rasta Shaman
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0% Full size too large
20% Half size too Large
60% True to size
20% Half size too small
0% Full size too small
100% Felt true to width
0% Felt narrower than marked
0% Felt wider than marked
60% Excellent arch support
40% Moderate arch support
0% No arch support
- Yield the mystifying power to edge, smear, scale and spread world peace by slipping into the Rasta Shaman from EVOLV™.
- Synthetic leather upper promotes a snug, glove-like fit.
- Downturned asymmetrical design with "knuckle box" for enhanced comfort.
- VTR3D variable thickness toe rand.
- Three adjustable hook-and-loop straps.
- Heel pull loop for easier on and off.
- Leather forefoot lining.
- Cotton fabric heel lining.
- Leather footbed.
- MX-P 1.5mm, half-length midsole features the "love bump" to reduce dead space under the toe area.
- 4.2mm two-piece TRAX® high-friction rubber outsole.
- High-friction toe patch.
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Weight: 11 oz
- Product measurements were taken using size 11, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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EVOLV Rasta Shaman
I wear street shoe size 44 or 10.5. I wear an 11 in 510 and an 11 in this shoe too. I ordered a 10.5 and had to exchange for the bigger size. The 11 fits perfectly. The fit is extremely comfortable, the leather insole is soft and the cotton heel grippy. The heel cup fits better than my 510, actually has no bagginess, and I have a slim-ish foot. The rubber feels sticky and grippy. The toe-box and love bump are super nice. My big toe was broken last year, so it has heeled a lot, but this toe-box makes a huge difference for me. Camber/downturn is nice and the edging rubber on toe and side of foot feels solid. I'm climbing tonight, so I'll test them there and report back. I can tell these will be great though. Awesome! Style is great, but just wished that maybe the theme was relegated to one color for the straps. I'm not much of a rasta-head. Ras Trent!
Felt a half size larger than marked
Felt true to width
Moderate arch support
- Ryan R - customer
- from LA
- February 23, 2012
Wasn't sure what to expect. I had never had a pair of performance climbing shoes, with an aggressively down cambered toe. This was my first. Let me revise that. I'd tried some on, and they didn't fit. So I didn't buy them. And then I tried the Shaman. The Knucklebox fits my long toes perfectly. Even with my Morton's toe, this is the first asymmetrically lasted shoe (90% of climbing shoes) that fits my foot! And then the love bump is just a premolded part of the sole, but it makes such a difference for snug fit and feel. No void of space underneath my toes, they are ensconced snugly in rubber above and below. Heel is great, a little movement but secure enough that it'll never come off, no matter how sketchy the hook. Three velcro straps allow me to customize the fit greatly, if I was to want for something, it'd be some sort of way to reduce the heel volume for my less meaty feet. Asides from that magic adjuster, these shoes are above and beyond what I was expecting, and are worth every penny. And they don't look half bad, either. :) I'm not so much into Rasta, so I call 'em my Rainbow shamans, or maybe Stoplight Shamans? Regardless, they're awesome. Fit is true, in the Demorto's I sized down 1 1/2 sizes to 10.5, here I stuck with a 12. Incidentally the shoes are the same length when I put them side by side. Once I get used to climbing with this much power and feel to my toe, I may end up sizing down to 11.5. We'll see. Hope this helps!
I'd also recommend: Evolv
- Byron G - customer
- from Seattle, WA
- December 20, 2011
Ok so I'm new to climbing and I've only wore these shoes for 3 sessions at the gym but that being said, these shoes are amazing! I ordered the same size I wear in a street shoe and it fits like a glove, I would not recommend going anything more than a half size down. I'm staying with this size. It's already starting to mold to my foot and it's only seen about 20 routes. I was wearing a pair of shoes provided by the gym I climb and ended up ripping 1/3 of my toenail off on a route when my foot slipped. Even with that injury these shoes were extremely impressive. I could only comfortably wear them for one route at a time till my toe healed but who doesn't take their shoes off after each route. Now that my toes healed up I can comfortably stay in them for quite awhile. Well as long, if not a little bit longer than the average Joe wearing aggressive climbing shoes. Definitely recommend these!
- Nathan P - customer
- from United States
- June 11, 2012
This is definitely the best shoe ever! Climbing with the Rasta is absolute cheating! The only important thing is the sizing...I first got an 8.0 pair size (my street size is 8.5), but it was way too tight! At Chris Sharma's video, talking about the evolv shaman (you can find the video at evolv's website), he suggests to order the shoes half a size larger than the usual. The reason is because, due to the shoe's shape you don't need to cram your toes to get the shamans' full performance. As a result I ordered a new pair in 8.5, and it was the best decision. After a week of intense climbing the shoes are fully broken-in, and feel amazing on my feet. Conclusion, do not hesitate in getting these shoes!
- Anonymous - customer
- May 25, 2012
I upgraded to these from a pair of 5.10 Coyotes, trying to up my game a little. Now I don't know if its the aggressiveness of the shoe or just having a nice stiff sole for once (the coyotes were like paper) but it really is amazing the comfort and balance I feel on small footholds now. You really can stand on a little nub like you were on a big feature. I personally have really noticed the difference on top roping a lot more so than bouldering, and I've gone from barely being able to do any 5.11's to being comfortable on 5.11 a's and b's and starting to push for some c's. Also if you've got wide feet this shoe runs nice and wide in the front. I can't wear any Sportiva's because they run too thin. With this shoe I have a nice even fit around both the side and the front of my foot. Although, I could literally wear my Coyotes as a regular shoe, I didn't even notice when I had them on. With the Shaman........you're perfectly aware every second that shoe is on your foot. It doesn't hurt so much when you're climbing, but when you're on the ground, and your foot tries to flatten out, the knuckle of your toe just goes straight into the love bump, and literally all your weight is pushing the hard rubber into the knuckle of your toe. I don't like taking them off after every route or problem because even after just a month I've noticed some fraying around the loop for the velcro. I like this shoe, and recommend it to anyone whose looking for a leg up on a tough problem or route. And while it is uncomfortable, I seriously doubt that there are many performance shoes out there that are comfortable for a bigger footed guy like me. But I'll probably go for a more comfortable shoe for my next pair, the performance boost just isn't worth it for me. On sizing, I wear an 11 1/2 US street shoe. Got the 12 on this, and it was pretty tight. I tried on an 11 1/2 at the store and that one was just unbearable. Definitely recommend sizing a half size up from your street shoe.
I'd also recommend: 5.10, Evolv
Felt a half size smaller than marked
Felt true to width
Moderate arch support
- Jacob - customer
- from Nashville
- March 26, 2013