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 The Defy 2016 is technically retired but it's still sold online.The Defy 2016 is no longer produced by Evolv. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.

Evolv Defy Climbing Shoe
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Defy 2016



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• Plush bedroom slipper feel and comfort for extended wearing
• Soft midsole and sensitivity for feeling the rock and smearing
• Hook and loop closure system
• Perforated synthetic upper

Redesigned for 2014, the Defy® is the top selling climbing shoe in the USA. A perfect entry point to quality high performance climbing shoes and an outstanding training shoe. The Defy provides comfort, great fit, and sensitivity to climbers of all levels.

Retail price

US$ 89.00

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Weight ­
Closure Type Velcro
Gender Unisex
Volume High
Sizing Information US sizes : 2-13.5, 14, 15, including half sizes
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Best Use (Highest Performance) All-around
Trad / Crack
Sport / Face
Asymmetry Low
Last Details Shape: Flat (comfort)
Upper Material ­Synthetic (perforated Synthratek upper)
Midsole Material 1.0 mm MX-P : sensitive half-length midsole
Sole Material 4.2 mm TRAX® high friction rubber
Rand: VTR rand (thick front toe area)
Footbed Lining


Trax® Rubber Technology

Trax® Rubber

TRAX XT® high friction rubber is formulated to be the highest performing rubber on the market. TRAX-XT®has a perfect balance of high friction and edging power on different types of rock and plastic holds while performing consistently over a wide range of temperatures.
VTR3D Technology


With VTR3D, the “high wear” zone of the rand is thicker, while low wear areas are kept thin to reduce pressure points and hot spots around your foot.
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Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 3.3/5

The Evolv Defy is one of the best values in climbing shoes. This new and improved model has a slightly better fitting heel, coated Velcro tabs for increased durability and a splash of color. Other than that not a lot has changed from the previous version. The rubber is the same high friction 4.2mm TRAX with a 1mm half length midsole. The overall design is still nearly identical. The pointy toe and Velcro design is very similar to many of the top rated shoes out there. It is one of the best selling shoes at most Bay Area climbing gyms and according to "the best selling shoe in the country." It climbs good, looks cool and only costs $89. You can almost buy two pair for the price of an upper-end climbing shoe - one tight pair for hard climbs and one pair a half-size bigger for all-day climbing comfort.

Rock and Ice Gear Review rating 4/5

Superlight and highly flexible, yet with a relaxed, flat last, the Defy is a steep-rock sport and gym shoe for climbers who loathe the acute foot compression associated with down-turned, banana-shaped performance shoes. That said, the Defy, because it is soft and lets your foot lie flat, requires more foot strength than stiffer-soled shoes and softer models that compress your toes. For most people, the stock model we tested is too soft for climbs where you heavily weight your feet, e.g., slabby to slightly overhanging faces. However, the Defy did shine on severe overhangs, where foot pressure is lighter. For $20 you can custom order the Defy with a stiffer midsole. We didn't test the stiffer version, but like the idea, thinking a stiffer Defy would be a more versatile Defy.

Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

These flat-lasted, asymmetric hook-and-loop kicks are no-nonsense, solid all-arounders. A half-midsole adds a hint of rigidity to this otherwise soft, sensitive shoe. A perforated, synthetic upper and nylon lining prevent much stretch, while the two Velcro straps snug the fit. All testers applauded the Defy VTR’s relaxed fit; one called them “super comfy.” From indoor climbing to desert cracks, these babies received high marks in all categories. Evolv’s 4.2mm TRAX XT-5 rubber stuck to everything we tested. At $89 these are the least expensive shoes in the review.