Evolv Luchador SC Review

November 4, 2015
Evolv Luchador SC
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
82
Edging
8
Smearing
6
Sensitivity
5
Cracks
4
Rubber
9

The Good

  • Comfortable, flat-lasted shoe
  • All-around performance
  • Great edging

The Bad

  • Baggy heel
  • Deadspace under midsole
  • Velcro tabs hard to pull
THE VERDICT

The Luchador is great entry level shoe for climbers looking to get into the world of down-turned, asymmetrical, high-performance climbing shoes.  A gentle down-turn and a relatively neutral shape make the Luchador SC a great all-rounder.  A soft lining yields an easy break-in period as you make your way onto increasingly steeper and more technical routes. With a beefy 4.2mm Trax rubber sole, the Luchador isn’t the most sensitive shoe around, but it’ll also last longer than other high-performance shoes.

FULL REVIEW

Edging
The Luchador SC is a great all-around edging shoe, with a very slight downturn that provides a bit of extra toe power on overhangs. If you don’t size this shoe too tightly, you can let the Trax rubber do the work of edging up longer routes.

Smearing
Trax rubber isn’t the stickiest blend on the market, but it’s adequate enough to work on all but the most delicate and slippery smears. 

Pockets
A broader toe, with 4.2mm of rubber, prevents the Luchador SC from fitting into the tiniest pockets.  

Heel/Toe Hooking
The heel is a bit baggy, and coupled with the dead space under the arch of the foot, make really techy heel hooks feel insecure. With little rubber atop the foot, and a stiff-enough sole to prevent foot-flex, the Luchador SC is not designed for high performance toe hooking. 

Comfort
This lined shoe with a padded tongue, when sized correctly, is extremely comfortable. Consider sizing up a half size from your street shoe. 

 


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