The Astroman is technically retired but it's still sold online.The Astroman is no longer produced by Evolv. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.
• Mid-top upper for ankle and medial and lateral malleolus protection
• Low profile forefoot for increased ability for jamming in thin cracks
• Durable leather upper
• Leather footbed
• The padded achilles patch provides comfort and allows free articulation of the ankle for precise toe placement
Developed by Peter Croft to be the ultimate high-end, all day adventure trad shoe. A carefully chosen set of features allows the Astroman to perform at a high level, while remaining comfortable on long climbing days.
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US sizes : 4-13.5, including half sizes|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||Trad / Crack|
|Last Details|| Shape: Flat (comfort)|
|Upper Material||Split leather|
|Midsole Material||MX-P : 1 mm half-length + 2 mm full-length|
|Sole Material|| 3.0 mm TRAX® high friction rubber 1 mm half-length + 2 mm full-length|
Rand: VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
|Footbed Lining|| |
Microfiber forefoot, cotton hee
If climbing trad is what you’re after then the Evolv Astroman should definitely be a shoe to consider. It has what the trad master (and the trad grasshopper) needs, solid toe for solid edging, full foot and ankle coverage, and all day comfort for big walls and desert towers.
Overall, however, I loved using the Astromans for multi-pitch routes and I will be grabbing them for again for an upcoming trip to climb some desert towers. If you are looking for a high end trad shoe at a reasonable price, these are certainly worth checking out.
A good off-width shoe, like the TC Pro needs to be comfortable and stand up to a certain level of abuse. While I feel the Astroman is a little more comfortable than the TC Pro it doesn’t seem to be built to stand up to the same level of abuse. And, at the heart of it, off-width climbing is all about abuse, so a good pair of high tops should be able to withstand more use and abuse than the average shoe. The first generation of the Astroman’s don’t, but if the delamination issues were fixed, they would give the TC Pro’s a run for their money.
A lot of thought went into the Astroman, and it has many features clearly designed for trad and crack climbing. While I think these features are brilliant in theory, it seems that a few could use some refinement. I also found that this shoe isn’t a great fit for my foot—the overly stiff sole made it difficult to edge and smear.
That said, I think climbers with wide feet very well might not experience these problems. (For evidence of that, check out Dave’s Astroman review.) The Astroman costs nearly $40 less than the TC Pro, and its wide toe box caters to those with bigger feet who don’t like the classic La Sportiva fit. But for someone with very small, narrow feet like me, I think the La Sportiva TC Pro might be a better option.
The Evolv Astroman is a great choice for long routes in the alpine or in extended crack systems. It is designed to be a focused weapon for trad climbing and all-day use. It definitely achieves this goal, excelling particularly in cracks sized for tight hands or larger.
Because of this singular focus on trad climbing, the Astroman is not a good choice for those looking for a do-everything, one-shoe quiver. But if you are looking for either a shoe to wear on long trad routes, either at the crag or in the alpine, or you simply want something to run laps on your favorite hand crack with, the Astromans are an obvious choice.
This shoe’s co-designer is Peter Croft, a legend in just about every climbing category, so testers had high hopes for it. And they weren’t disappointed, calling it stellar for long crack climbs. As a well designed high-top with a flat last, it feels good on your foot all day and offers more support when edging. Lined, leather uppers offer increased foot and ankle protection—a welcome break from Evolv’s usual lined synthetic uppers. A wide forefoot ensures that even high-volume feet won’t be suffocated, and a stiff, 2mm, full-length MX-P midsole provides a solid edging platform for this cool, retro boot, which sports Evolv’s 4.2mm TRAX rubber. We loved the comfort of the padded, split-mesh tongue, but one wide-footed tester said there’s not enough overlap on the tongue halves to prevent dirt from entering the shoe. The laces don’t extend far enough down the shoe to adjust the toe box, but the Astroman is stiff enough for edging and wearable enough for all-day routes