This version of the Shaman 2015 is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Shaman 2015 is no longer produced by Evolv and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.
• Microfiber lining in the forefoot for comfort and durability
• The "Love Bump" midsole puts your forefoot in a comfortable but precise position of power and fills in the dead space behind your toes
• The "Knuckle Box" works in combination with the "Love Bump" to provide room for your big toe knuckle to stay in a position of power
• A third strap closure for added security and to create a sock like fit through the arch of your foot
The Shaman is the winner of Editor's Choice awards from both Climbing and Urban Climber magazines. It was developed from the ground up by Chris Sharma and incorporates exclusive technologies, unique materials, and a radical new last. The result of these elements is an ultra high performance shoe with an amazing level of comfort, making it the top choice for many elite climbers.
|Weight|| 264 g|
Single : 263.7 g / 9.3 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 (Perforated Synthratek Upper)|
|Midsole Material||1.5 mm MX-P : half-length "Love Bump" midsole|
|Sole Material|| 4.2 mm TRAX® high friction rubber|
Rand: VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
|Footbed Lining|| |
Microfiber forefoot, Cotton heel, Leather footbed
Chris Sharma and Matt Segal talks about Shaman Shoe.
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The Shaman has won the heart of many climbers, and a fair few awards along the way. However, when comparing these shoe to the Solution or Futura, we couldn't get past the softness of the rubber as a key factor in assessment. It lacks the edging ability of the La Sportiva shoes, and with a lot of rubber under foot it doesn't compensate for that by being more sensitive. The toe also feels almost blunt when compared to the La Sportiva shoes, which is harder to fit into small spaces or to place on thin edges.
As with any high-end climbing shoe, the final decision will come down to personal preference and where you're climbing, but our money would go to the Solution for a wider range of climbing.
Overall, the Shaman is designed for overhanging and heel hooking routes. Straight out of the box, they fit very comfortably for my foot, and the 3 strap system pulls the shoe tighter to your foot than any other velcro shoe I’ve used. The middle strap did add a little bulk to the top of my foot, but I thought it was this strap that really locked my heel into the heel cup like no other shoe ever has. The downturn is as expected, a little odd feeling, but the “love bump” and extra room in the knuckle area form my forefoot into a comfortable downturned shape that feels a little less forced than other aggressive shoes I’ve tried.
Ok so they will start to smell but they do feel so precise, the heel is good and the rubber is phenomenal. A top shoes. These get a maximum rating of 2 thumbs up!
I think for both bouldering and sport climbing this is an awesome all-around shoe, because it is strong and secure for aggressive climbing so you can really get after it, without sacrificing comfort (or as comfortable as climbing shoes can be anyway). Said “Knuckle Box” is great for toe hooks, and the heel has a nice stiffness around the back and bottom for heel hooks, while remaining a little more pliable at the sides of the heel, to contribute to comfort. It also has a nice stiff edge, stiffer than the other shoes I have, which I have come to appreciate. For smearing, it’s pretty good, though I think my other pairs are made more for that than these guys, but it certainly does the job.
If the sight of a down-turned shoe intimidates you and instills you with visions of soaking painful bunions after a day of cragging, you may want to give the Evolv Shaman a try. The shape and design of this shoe provide a lot of performance features for a climbing shoe that is wickedly comfortable. The Shaman is not only a great way to break into the category of down-turned, asymmetrical, high-performance climbing shoes, but it will also work on the hardest climbs in the world, as evinced by the fact that shoe designer Chris Sharma sent his long-term project First Round, First Minute (5.15c?) mere days after he received the final production model of the Shaman. I tested the shoe both indoors and outdoors on routes as hard as 5.13d, and was excited to get so much toe power out of a shoe that didn’t hurt my feet to wear. That said, I wish that there was less rubber on the sole because it reduces the shoe’s sensitivity.
The Trax rubber was a nice middle-of-the-road density. While probably a bit soft for extreme edging, that isn’t really the mission statement for this shoe. The friction was more than adequate on all the different rock types I tested it on. After over 200 pitches and 8 days of bouldering it is wearing well and has lots of life in it. This is probably aided by the fact it is a fairly thick slab of rubber for a technical shoe. The overall construction of the upper seems to be fairly high quality and would last for a resoling or two. The midsole has a soft feel once broken in which gives the shoe a good bit of sensitivity.
The Shaman is designed and constructed to the highest standard. I found its stated credentials as a high performance shoe are well founded and its comfort level astounding. This is a shoe that every serious sport climber should think of trying, and it also has the advantage of doubling-up as a good trad climbing shoe.
Perhaps the two most salient aspects of the Evolv Shaman’s character are its high levels of performance usability across the climbing canvas and its durability and longevity (an important matter when you’re paying in excess of a ton for your rock kicks!). Along with the Scarpa Instinct VS, this is probably one of the best performance all-rounders available. As the old saying goes: if the shoe fits, wear it…
These shoes have a place in a serious sport climber and boulder’s quiver. If you are looking for an all-around sport climbing shoe that offers the performance of a highly aggressive shoe while still being comfortable, this is an excellent choice.
The new Shaman was designed by Chris Sharma, right down to the blue and orange colors, which were inspired by a basketball that his dog, Chaxi, loves to wrestle. I got to test a pair this summer, and was both surprised and pleased to find that Evolv, finally, has produced an aggressive sport-climbing and bouldering shoe that I would actually buy.
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