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• Improved fit
• Added toe rubber for toe hooking
• Inset front strap for better medial side toe scumming
Profile: Downturned asymmetry with "Knuckle Box"
Upper: Synthetic (Synthratek VX upper)
Midsole: 1.0 mm half-length "Love Bump" midsole
Sole: 4.2 mm TRAX® high friction rubber, two-piece outsole
Rand: VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
Weight: 9.5 oz (½ pair size 9)
Sizes: 4 - 13.5 US men's (including half sizes)
Building off the legacy of the original, the newly redesigned Shaman is the anchor of the Chris Sharma Signature Series. The new Shaman has an improved fit in terms of engineered comfort and performance with more toe rubber for toe hooking and an inset front strap for better medial side toe scumming. The upgrade promises to make current customers appreciate the enhancements while getting new customers to enjoy the legendary performance with comfort.
Due to the increased sensitivity of the new Shamans, many are sizing these down a half size from the previous version of the Shaman.
downcambered downturned toe
Reviewed by rbarbeau
Must buy shoe
First off I want to thank Kim, I met her at the go pro games and it's because of her that I decided to try evolv shoes.
Second I want to say that I use to be a la sportiva guy and thought their shoes were the best.
Third the shamans are the most comfortable out of the book technical shoes I have ever wore. I absolutely love these shoes they proform well on everything I throw at them and I will be a customer for life. I am a 5.12 climber and a V8 boulderer and these shoes can handle it all.
I highly recommend trying these on before you buy though evolv's sizing is a little different than other brands.
Reviewed by mikek
Most versatile sport shoe I know of
These shoes are comfy immediately (Thanks, lovebump and toe box)while still being precise on anything from gently overhanging techy routes to caves. My home crags are anything from greasy limestone to upside down cobbles to slick, squarecut quartzite, and this is my One Shoe to Rule (Or for me, at least try to get up) Them All.
Reviewed by rosejurkowski
Impressive redesign for 2016
I used the new Shamans straight away on my project, and the shoes were form fitting, but comfortable right out of the box. I typically like to break new shoes in before using them on redpoint attempts, but once I tried them on, I knew that these were ready to go. The Shamans offer superior edging on small footholds and are great on steep terrain. As a female climber I downsized a half size, and they fit my feet perfectly. I highly recommend these shoes!
Reviewed by JonathanHogue
Evolv has stepped up their game with this new edition of the Shaman!
Evolv has absolutely answered the call for a comfortable, durable and aggressive climbing shoe!!!
I wear a U.S. Mens size 11 in the Nexxo's, the previous Shamans, the Luchador and the Astroman models. Because Evolv designed these with less materials than the former version of the Shaman, it was necessary to size down a half size more then usual. I went with a size 10.5 and they're perfect out of the box! I wear a Men's size 10.5-11 street shoe, so contrary to European climbing shoe sizing, Evolv stays relatively close to what you would wear in a street shoe, versus having to size down so dramatically. In La Sportiva, my former favorite (*Please see Testerossa), I wore a 9.5 in US sizing, which is a far cry from United States born climbing shoe companies. (They tend to keep it close to our street shoe size to avoid confusion, however, with this model I recommend another half size down, as per the manufacturers input and because they run on the larger side of things.)
Out of the box:
These are easily the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. You don't have to sacrifice comfort for performance with Evolv shoes! They are hands down the stickiest I've used in all these years of climbing and have replaced my Nexxo's for hard sport and bouldering. They edge well upside down and perform on vertical terrain like a charm. VERY NICE SHOES!
The new rand design is amazing and looks a lot like the La Sportiva, "Solutions." In my opinion, they are better than both these other leading shoes and I have had BOTH, several times. They even outperform the "Testerossa" from my point of view. The improved rubber is far superior then anything they've put out before!
I highly recommend these to anyone in the climbing world. They are, simply put, the best shoe on the market and its fair to say I've tried them all. They outperform the Testerossa, the Muira, even the Solutions and Scarpa Instinct in my opinion.
Try the Shaman if you're a fan of those shoes and they'll surely replace and out-climb any of the other kicks on the market. And the new style looks as good as you would think. Very good looking pair of climbing shoes!!!