• Leather upper and footbed provides custom fit and comfort
• Asymmetrical toe profile and low toe volume makes for a semi-flexed fit
• Elastic for convenience
• 4-piece rand for optimal fit
• Arch band gives shoe torsional stability for edging
A slipper built for all climbers and for all terrain; the local gyms, Joshua Tree slabs and Indian Creek cracks. The Addict's asymmetrical shape and low toe profile accommodates all abilities. Beginner to intermediate climbers will fit these with a more relaxed toe curl. Advanced climbers may down size a bit for increased toe power.
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US sizes : 4-13.5, including half sizes|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Trad / Crack
Sport / Face
|Last Details|| Shape: Flat (comfort)|
|Upper Material||Split leather|
|Midsole Material||1.0 mm MX-P : full-length midsole|
|Sole Material|| 4.2 mm TRAX® high friction rubber|
Rand: VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
|Footbed Lining|| |
Unlined with synthetic heel padding
In the end, the Addict is a good shoe choice for a pretty large group of climbers. I would say anyone climbing primarily on slabs and cracks should consider it, as well as any beginner. It’s a great first climbing shoe but also can be your shoe of choice for Indian Creek 5.12s. As for beginners, the Addict is more affordable than comparable models like the Moccasym or the La Sportiva Mythos, and it has some cool design features like the VTR rand (variable thickness rand places more rubber around the toe) make this shoe extra durable.
My feet have been in rock shoes for over 35 years, which means that although my pads are pretty ugly to look at, they are at least tough! For steep crack climbing I enjoy both the Evolv and the Moccasym. The comparison is not an easy one, although when I’m climbing in Joshua Tree in November or April, where the temps can range into the high 70’s or 80’s: I do tend to slip on the Evlov Addict more often than not. The Addict offers a slightly softer feel, along with a wider fit and a low profile toe. Many of my friends have mentioned that the Evolv, ‘Trax’ rubber is not as sticky as they would like, but I have found that as long as I keep the soles of my shoes clean, that they stick just fine. As for cracks, the Addict makes it easy to stuff my mangled toes into a wide variety of cracks. Joshua Tree rock has a value of 40 grit sandpaper, which helps the ‘Trax’ Rubber stick to almost any route, and with a price under $100 bucks, the Evolv are pretty hard to beat!
All in all, a great shoe, that’s worth every penny. It’s durable to stand the test of bouldering, multi-pitch climbs, and for the desert climber, difficult cracks. Honestly, I only have a shoe like this in my quiver for the Utah desert, and because I’m a desert fiend, I imagine I’ll be wearing the Addicts for quite a while.
The Evolv Addict (MSRP $99) is a soft, flat-lasted slipper that does great for gym climbing, sport climbing and bouldering, but really shines as a crack climbing shoe. Really, you can think about it as Evolv’s answer to the perennial classic Five Ten Moccasym. What I like about the Addict is that it’s easy on, easy off; and it’s suitable to a wide range of climbing applications and climbers.
Evolv has produced a very solid shoe in the Addict. Both advanced and beginning climbers can appreciate the Addict with it’s great combination of comfort and performance. After a bit of stretching you won’t need to take these off between pitches, perfect for a day of climbing at the crag or gym. MSRP is only $99, which is a pretty good bargain for shoes of this quality. We definitely recommend checking out the Evolv Addict.
The Addict is Evolv’s offering to the desert aficionados out there, and the blingy yellow offers a stylish alternative to the trusty Mocs. It fits more snug in the heel, which means more toe curl than the Mocs. Unlike most Evolv shoes, the all leather construction means it will break in and conform to the shape of your foot. The low profile of the toe allows you to get as much purchase as possible in thin cracks, though as with most Evolv shoes, the rubber just doesn’t do it for me.
List features you want in a shoe for climbing hand cracks and you’ll likely find them all in the Evolv Addict. They’re rigid to support your feet for all-day wear and for protection in potentially painful cracks, but testers could still smear on delicate outside edges and nubs. Plus, the VTR rand puts thicker rubber in the toe area, for increased grip on twisting foot jams and more armor for sensitive toes. One tester took a pair on 15 pitches in a day of crack climbing at South Platte, Colorado, and he loved that there weren’t any laces, Velcro, or buckles to get caught or to pinch his foot: “I can throw my whole foot into a crack without fiddling to reposition and without major discomfort.” Generous elastic on top of the foot made them easy to put on, and a leather upper stretched up to about a half-size for maximum comfort after a break-in period. Testers found they fit narrow feet best.