/ evolve optimus prime

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kyebrooks - on 15 Sep 2011
looking at getting these as an all day shoe has anybody experienced them and if so what are they like. are they comfortable and whats the sizing like.

http://www.barnclimbinggear.co.uk/climbing-shoes/evolv-optimus-prime
ashley1_scott - on 16 Sep 2011
In reply to kyebrooks:
I tried them on as an upgrade to my Defy, Sadly the last that they use does not fit my feet very well. I would guess that they would need a lot of wearing in before you could use them as an all day shoe, remember that all that rubber around the toe makes for a tighter shoe.
Onion - on 16 Sep 2011
In reply to kyebrooks:

Key things to remember - they're synthetic so they won't stretch and they'll stink to high heaven after heavy use.

I bought mine slightly smaller than I should have which meant they were v precise but a nightmare to keep on for very long at all. From memory they were the same size as I wear trainers which was a surprise - I now have a pair of miura lace ups and have dropped 1.5 sizes and they are still v comfortable.

Another thing is I wore through the toe after using them to climb indoors a lot - probably an indication of my poor footwork rather than anything else - but nevertheless something to bear in mind.

kyebrooks - on 16 Sep 2011
In reply to ashley1_scott: i also have defys and this was my plan i find the defys really comfortable an i can wear them all day. might get another pair of defys then
Eagle River - on 16 Sep 2011
In reply to kyebrooks:

They're designed to be a more aggressive, down turned version of the pontas so I wouldn't think they'd be an ideal all-day shoe. Have you had a look at the Scarpa range? I have the Vapour Velcro for an all-round indoor/easy routes shoe and they're perfect for that purpose.

Like the person above I found evolv shoes quick to wear through around the toe area.

graeme jackson - on 16 Sep 2011
In reply to kyebrooks:
> evolve optimus prime

he's a giant Robot that can turn into a car. Why on earth would he even need to evolve?
mkean - on 16 Sep 2011
In reply to Eagle River:
The Optimus prime is a pretty unusual shape, much less asymetric than the pontas but with a significant downturn.
Eagle River - on 16 Sep 2011
In reply to mkean:

Yep, they felt weird for me, I was looking for something downturned that weren't dragons but they were just as painful.

Settled on the Scarpa* Instincts which are surprisingly comfortable for something so precise.

*I don't work for Scarpa but am aware I talk about them a lot!
ashley1_scott - on 16 Sep 2011
In reply to Eagle River

> *I don't work for Scarpa but am aware I talk about them a lot!

I get this lot with that fact that I recommend ClimbX http://climbxgear.com/ ,But sadly I also don't work for the company.

I use the Redpoint http://climbxgear.com/2011redpoint.aspx as an all day / indoor / easy route shoe

For more technical problems / routes I use the E-Motion http://climbxgear.com/2011e-motion.aspx

And for more smeary style problems / routes I use Zion Hybrid http://climbxgear.com/2011radmoc.aspx



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