The Evolv Zender takes lot of great features from the Evolv Cruzer, and added a bit more support for longer approaches. The result is a shoe that feels nimble enough for boulder scrambling, but won’t weigh you down.
I’m no stranger to Evolv’s TRAX rubber, and I’ve never been disappointed. Whether I’m edging or smearing, I was pleasantly surprised at how well these performed on the rock. The front of the shoe has an edging platform, while the rest of the shoe has a low-profile lug pattern, which is great for smearing, but sometimes bad for traction on loose trails. It has a removable insole and an EVA midsole, giving it just the right amount of support.
The upper is made of leather, and has a rubber rand that extends around the front of the shoe for added rock protection. The only thing that I would change about this shoe is the pull loop on the back. While I haven’t had any issues with durability, I’ve had this type of pull loop break on other shoes in the past, and I’d prefer to have the extra security if I clip these to my harness for a long climb.
For rocky terrain or longer approaches, I really like these shoes. They are really supportive without being a burden to bring along. If you’re looking for something to take for approaches, scrambling, or even just to wear around town, these are a great option.
Colors: Gray and Olive
Best used for: scrambling, hiking, or active lifestyle