• Improved fit
• Added toe rubber for toe hooking
• Inset front strap for better medial side toe scumming
Building off the legacy of the original, the newly redesigned Shaman is the anchor of the Chris Sharma Signature Series. The new Shaman has an improved fit in terms of engineered comfort and performance with more toe rubber for toe hooking and an inset front strap for better medial side toe scumming. The upgrade promises to make current customers appreciate the enhancements while getting new customers to enjoy the legendary performance with comfort.
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|Weight|| 269 g|
Single : 269 g / 9.5 oz (Size 9)
US sizes : 4-13.5, including half sizes|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face|
|Last Details|| Shape: Downturned (performance)|
|Upper Material||Synthetic (Synthratek VX upper)|
|Midsole Material||1.0 mm Half-length "Love Bump" midsole|
|Sole Material|| 4.2 mm TRAX® high friction rubber, two-piece outsole|
Rand: VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
|Footbed Lining|| |
This video showcases 19 of the climbing shoes coming to the U.S. in 2016 from Boreal, Butora, Climb X, Evolv, Five Ten, La Sportiva, Red Chili, Scarpa, and Tenaya.
The updated Shaman takes an already established, high-end sport-climbing shoe and makes minor adjustments to improve comfort while not changing the nature of the shoe. The Shaman is competitive on it’s merits alone, and it’s an even more compelling shoe once price is considered. Climbers looking for a shoe for thin, vertical climbs with sustained edging might consider a shoe that is stiffer underfoot, but those climbers looking to graduate to steep / overhanging terrain or pursue projects on pocketed limestone will find a great fit for that style in the Shaman, and at a lower price point than any other shoe with similarly high levels of performance.
Overall I really did like this shoe. For my first pair of aggressive climbing shoes, the price tag didn't hurt as much as some of the other ones that are on the market that offer similar performance. Also over time, I began to realize that this shoe may be better for people with a wider foot, which I do not have which caused me some issues on some heel hooks. Even though this shoe may not have been the exact right shoe for me, I would still suggest it to anyone looking to get an aggressive shoe.
A good all-rounder for those wishing to perform to a high standard both indoors and out, sport climbing and bouldering. Not suited for easy long trad routes and out-and-out smearing. A recomendation for sure and a price tag of £115 which is mid range for performance shoes these days.
Overall, the Shaman is a great step forward for the Evolve team towards creating a more technical rock climbing shoe. The Shaman excels when climbing on overhanging terrain and the aggressive shape of the Shaman feels much more comfortable than its counterpart. At the forefront of its strength is its comfort. Out of the box, the Shaman feels comfortable and that comfort last all the way to that long day out, whether your multi-pitch climbing or just trying to fit a 100 pitches into the day. Finally, the heel of the Shaman is top class and rivals any other heel on the market. On the downside of its design, the Shaman falls short when it comes to climbing on vertical terrain, with the toe rubber not holding its form when pushing on small holds. Nonetheless, The Evolv Shaman is a welcome addition to the climbing shoe market and for those looking for a comfortable yet aggressive shoe, the Evolv Shaman will certainly not dissappoint.
Overall, I found the new Shaman’s firm mid-sole and downturned toe to offer excellent security anytime I had to be precise with my feet on slightly slabby, vertical, or moderately overhanging terrain. Think Rifle’s small square edges and Shelf Road’s pockets and sharp nubbins. I also did a fair amount of climbing in Eldorado Canyon with the new kicks, and although I kept them away from true slabs routes, the shoes saved my butt a few times by letting me stand securely in bizarre off balance positons and fiddle in gear. Finally, I am continually amazed at how much comfort Evolv was able to build into the 2016 boots without a sacrifice to performance.
Don’t look to these for smearing or slabs, but they’re durable and kick ass on anything overhanging. Stiff and supportive, and testers loved the three Velcro straps. A split, padded tongue equals comfort.
Climbers familiar with the previous Shaman: if you liked that shoe, you’ll love this one. The way it fits the foot is almost identical – same sinker-feeling heel with three straps to lock the foot down, same love-bump/knuckle box combination to put the front-point of the shoe in a powerful position to toe down on small footholds and pockets. Even the color swatches are similar, still a combination of orange and blue. But that’s about where the similarities end, and the new version blows the old out of the water.
The Shaman is an awesome rock climbing shoe that surpassed my expectations. I think it’s Evolv’s best shoe to date and an important step forwards for them in terms of top-shelf climbing shoes. Doing something new is always risky and the Love Bump is a bold move. That said, I think it’s a good innovation and likely to stick. I’m not completely sold on Trax rubber, and I’m not the only one. I find it to perform great on gritty rock but not as well on slippery stone and plastic. Obviously it’s not holding Sharma back any (or Kai Lightner or Ashima Shirashi), but I’ve heard enough similar critiques and criticisms to make me wonder if there isn’t some room for improvement there for Evolv. One of the best selling points for the Shaman, and for me, is the price. In terms of value, it’s one of the best sport climbing and bouldering shoe on the market.