When I first tried on a pair of Evolv Astroman, they felt so much stiffer than any new pair of shoes. It took a little bit of getting used to, but with such a viciously thick sole, wedging my feet into cracks felt so much better than any other pairs of shoes I’d worn in the past. I was advised to size them a half a size smaller than my regular shoe size. After a few months of usage, I got a decent amount of stretch.

I know that there are a lot of good crack climbing shoes out there, but for what I was looking to try, the Astroman fit the bill. Many friends have praised La Sportiva TC Pros, which I think edge slightly better than the Astroman, however, the Astroman is much stiffer than the TC Pro. I watched the TC Pro flex a little too much on invert offwidth boulder problems. The Astroman’s thickness decreases quite a bit of sensitivity for me.

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Spin to Win (V3) in the Voo with Danny, Ashley, and Haley

The shoe has a slightly asymmetric profile and a slightly larger width to it. It’s not super ideal for thinner cracks and overall, not aggressive (very flat-toed). Overall, the durability of this shoe is excellent. I needed a super stiff high top shoe for climbing offwidths and they’re a great alternative to the TC Pro. Plenty of ankle protection and the microfiber lining inside is plenty comfortable! At $145 retail price, you really can’t go wrong. Desert climbing, here we come!

Putting the Astroman to the test on October Light (5.11). Photograph by John Evans

Disclosure: I am currently an ambassador for Evolv and the gear has been provided for this review. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

Cover photograph courtesy of Evolv.

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