Review: Evolv Cruzer Psyche

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Evolv Cruzer Psyche Climbing Gear Review Approach Shoes

The Approach Shoe for Modern Climbing Life

Climbing Gear Editors' Choice Awards

If the Cruzer Psyche had an Instagram account, it would have 200k followers by now. It lives the #vanlife, poses on the #pdxcarpet, encourages you to #livethelifeyoulove, and then heads to the tasting room for some #craftbeer. It’s at home in all facets of a climber’s life. No, this isn’t an approach shoe for shouldering a 55-pound pack on an alpine trad mission, but for sport cragging, bouldering, gym sessions, a stroll through town—and for racking as a descent shoe, the Cruzer Psyche has no equal. “I was skeptical that this shoe, with barely a half-inch midsole and simple canvas upper, would be anything more than a glorified pair of socks,” said one of five testers we had wearing it, “but it handled approaches with 20+ pounds of equipment, can scramble and climb 5.9, and at a hair over 13 ounces for a pair of men’s size 9, they weigh practically nothing.” Bonus: A microfiber lining feels soft next to skin and the heel folds down easily, making these great for wearing as a slip-on in between burns.
$75; evolvsports.com

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