The Luchador is technically retired but it's still sold online.The Luchador is no longer produced by Evolv. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.
• Synthetic upper with unlined leather footbed and arch
• Lace-up for maximum control
• New elastic tongue system reduces bulk and bind, while being more breathable
• Tensioned rands for power and performance
New to the technical all-around category is a lace shoe we call the Luchador. It is built off a slightly cambered last with a semi-asymmetrical toe-profile that allows for great control on small edges and the lace closure gives a customized fit. Its new non-shifting tongue system also offers padding along the outside of the shoe when stuffed into cracks.
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|Weight|| 198 g|
Single : 198.4 g / 7.0 oz (Size 9)
US sizes : 4-13.5, including half sizes|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face
|Last Details|| Shape: Arched (technical)|
|Upper Material||Synthetic leather (Synthratec) with leather footbed|
|Midsole Material||1.5 mm MX-P : full-length|
|Sole Material|| 4.2 mm TRAX® high friction rubber|
Rand: VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
|Footbed Lining|| |
Overall I think the Luchador is a very strong entry into the high-end all-around category, offering a versatile shoe that is easy on your feet without sacrificing performance. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a shoe that will perform well on varied terrain and, thanks to the lace-up closure, fit a wide range of feet.
All told, the Luchador does a decent job fitting into the jack-of-all-trades category. It’s a bit stiffer than the La Sportiva Miura lace not as stiff as the Miura VS, nor does it feel quite as aggressive as the latter.
Compared to the La Sportiva Miura or Vapor, it’s a half step less precise, though some climbers will probably prefer the Luchador for its higher volume last and slightly stiffer sole.
While purchasing all-around gear is generally a good philosophy for those just getting started, the Luchador has more firepower than you need from a first pair of shoes (or shoes that are going to get eaten alive by the rough and gritty holds in a gym). And if you’re learning to climb cracks or you’re headed to Indian Creek, you’re better off looking elsewhere. However, if you’re breaking into difficult terrain and want a pair of shoes to bring to both sport and trad crags, the Luchador is worth a look.
The Luchadors are constructed of a synthetic upper with a slightly cambered, semi-asymmetric last and an unlined-leather footbed. The midsole shank keeps foot fatigue to a minimum. And they flex enough to set the Trax High Friction rubber on subtle smears. A padded, single-piece tongue cushions the top of the foot that protects the laces from pinching into the tops of my feet and shredding apart when jamming cracks. Additionally, the tensioned rand, similar to the Shaman and La Sportiva Miura, transfers power effectively from the heel to the toes. This provides an excellent sense of what you're standing on, while preventing it from flexing off small holds the way a soft slipper does.