The Royale is technically retired but it's still sold online.The Royale is no longer produced by Evolv. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.
• Medium stiffness for edging and jamming support
• Breathable mesh tongue with lace pocket and perforated upper
The Royale is a popular entry level leather shoe that is comfortable, stiff and durable. As a leather shoe with partial lining, it breaks in nicely with slight stretch.
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|Weight|| 286 g|
Single : 286.3 g / 10.1 oz (Size 9)
US Men sizes : 3-13.5, 14, 15, including half sizes|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face
|Last Details|| Shape: Flat (comfort)|
|Midsole Material||2.0 mm MX-P : half-length midsole|
|Sole Material|| 4.2 mm TRAX® high friction rubber|
Rand: VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
|Footbed Lining|| |
Lined forefoot, no lining in the back
So how do they perform? Well I can't say they are a sensitive high performance shoe – they simply aren't, but they are not supposed to be. They are sticky enough to be reassuring, but lack the finesse of a more technical shoe - when it comes to placing your feet everything feels a little remote, almost as though you're wearing somebody else's feet. With their board lasting and rubber they are meant to be a basic, climb all day on easy routes shoe, and as such they fare quite favourably.
So would I buy this shoe? Selling at just under £60 they do make for an ideal first shoe, as long as the buyer understands their limitations. Alternatively they would make an excellent mountain route shoe or for instructors looking for a shoe which they can loan to clients for the day, or for those looking for a protective shoe for climbing cracks. They pretty much do exactly what it says on the tin – what more could you ask for?
We give the Royale a thumbs-up as the review’s most affordable shoe. It’s a sturdy, well-built novice boot, designed with a hefty 5mm TRAX XT-5 sole and double toe rand. For toe-dragging beginners, these features will translate to durability, though more advanced climbers might find the fit a tad clunky. That said, the Royale is very comfortable: it has a leather upper (lined in front, not in back), a 2mm, stiff, full-length midsole, and a flat, symmetric last.