Evolv Phantom Climbing Shoe
The Phantom is the top performance shoe in the Evolv range, it has been designed in collaboration with Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson, who if you don't know are some of the best boulderers in the world. It is amazingly powerful and sensitive but still has enough stiffness to be amazing at standing on tiny edges. The Phantom is packed with the latest technologies to give it the greatest possible performance. It has a NEOFLEX which has a neoprene laminate which stretches two ways which lets the knuckle box expand when it's flexed and retract quickly when flatter, this puts less pressure on the toes even with the amount of toe rubber on top of the Phantom. The midsole features TPS+ (Tension Power System Plus) technology which helps the Phantom to keep its downturn over it's lifetime. The Midsole also has an AVT (Abridged Variable Thickness) which gives you more sensitivity in the toes for precise edging without losing support. The Phantom has a six-point, single pull, closure which allows you to quickly tighten and adjust, and gives you a great secure fit. The heel on the Phantom is very sensitive, it is made from a combination of a Dark Spine midsole with a thinner 2mm heel outsole perfect for technical heel hooks. The Phantom is the perfect shoe advanced climbers looking to push their grade sport climbing or bouldering.
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Black / White
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TRAX Rubber 4.2 mm
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> DARK SPINE S - For structure and sensitivity.
> AVT PLASTIC MIDSOLE - For sensitivity and support.
> TRAX® SAS - Best friction plus maximum durability.
> COMPRESSION CLOSURE SYSTEM (CCS) - 6-point single-pull closure for superb fit.
> MOLDED VTR - Our Variable Thickness Rand (VTR) system puts thinner rand rubber in areas to reduce pressure points and hot spots around the foot as well as thicker rubber for increased longevity in the high wear zones near the toe for durability and performance.
> TPS+ RUBBER MIDSOLE - For downturned toe and arch structure.
11 product reviews
Coming from Solution Comps (9.5 US Mens), ordered these in 10.5 US Mens, street shoe is 11 US Mens. Bought these as a beater pair for volume sessions at my gym.
These shoes have a bit more asymmetry than the comps, so those who are more comfortable with that design will enjoy. Not suuuper sensitive, but very still solid. Pretty rough break in period however. Fit is tight and somehow still feels slightly imprecise.
Definitely worth the sale 130$ I spent on them though, and a solid intro to the aggressive shoe market for newer climbers. For those looking to check something new out, I would highly recommend just spending a bit more to get Solution Comps.
I am using the phantoms at the moment to climb gym V7-V8 and V5-V6 outdoors. I use them at the same time as the La Sportiva solutions. I love the heel sensitivity and the precision I can exert with these shoes. I use half size down my street shoe (UK 8.5), and I think this is more than enough to ensure a tight fit around my heel (I have a very narrow heel). Best shoes, I don't think I'll be using any other shoes for a long time.
It's a mysterious shoe that can leave your toes even though your toes aren't too hard.
These shoes are very useful.
I absolutely love this shoe, my only complaint is after having the shoes for 5 weeks the material holding the top eyelet broke making them unusable. I noticed fraying on this point the first time I took them climbing so perhaps I got a faulty pair. Other than this the shoes are brilliant.
My best shoes so far. Work well on bouldering