Editors' Choice 2019: Evolv Rebel Review

Our top climbing gear picks for 2019
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The Evolv Rebel approach shoe.

The Evolv Rebel approach shoe.


Coming in leather and vegan versions, this light (20oz per pair, M’s 9), über-comfy tennie-style approacher went gangbusters on rocky trails, slabs, and techy terrain thanks to the grid-pattern Trax Enduro sole and rubber toecap. The lining is water resistant (and the uppers have been treated), an asset during a January approach through a foot of snow. Despite a sleek profile that’s great for urban wear, the shoe also has a welcome dash of burl thanks to its compression-molded EVA midsole. 

$115, evolvsports.com

See more of our top climbing gear picks in the Gear Guide 2019: Editors' Choice Awards, and listen to our latest podcast for an interview with Black Diamond's climbing category director Kolin Powick.