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Feb 24, 2013
Has anyone had any experience with these? I am looking at them online and they are supposed to be real leather, that would be a huge improvement over most of their synthetic or fabric shoes from the past.

I would like my next pair of approach shoes to last a couple years. While I like the Evolve fit, style, and performance a lot, I am weary of their durability. I would attempt to abstain from too much climbing, especially cracks, to keep them longer. I cannot promise it won't happen though. I feel like the Bolt may outlast many of their past approach offerings, it looks a little more like a real shoe and less like a foot related art project.

So who has worn the Bolt and what do you think?
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Feb 24, 2013
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Approach shoes last a couple years? REALLY?

I know I get out more than a lot of people but I thrash good ones, bad ones alike-2-3 pairs a year. If you find something that lasts that long, let me know. I've been rocking discontinued Mad Rock tennie knock-offs that are nice and comfy and I get about five months out of them for thirty bucks or so. If they have them in your size on Amazon I think they're called the Switchback, check em out.

Thinking of switching to Asolo boots for anything I have to carry a pig for. Approach shoes are great for cragging, but once you've got actual weight on you, things get fun for the ankles mighty quick. Those last forever.
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Feb 25, 2013
The longest lasting Approach shoe I've owned is the Scarpa Zen, which is pretty heavy compared to most approach shoes. My wife on the other hand doesn't trash her shoes nearly as much as I do, but I out-weigh her by 80 lbs and I'm quite a bit more aggresive, so I guess it will depend on quite a few variables.

The Evolv Bolt is basically a copy of Five Ten's Guide Tennie, both of which I would consider a soft shoe better suited at short scrambles than long hike-ins. If I bought a pair I would expect them to last 1 season of regular use (every weekend, for 6 months). If you're first priority is durability then you should look at the zen, if you want to be able to climb 5-easy well then the bolt/guide tennie are good shoes.

If you look around you should be able to find something for around $60 +/-.
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