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Gear Review

5 5

Serious Shoes for Sport Sending

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, I have the lace-up version of these shoes, the Concept 2.0, but they are the same except for closure system.
When I got these shoes, I had been climbing in LaSportiva Miuras and loved them. While I still like those shoes, the MadRocks were a game changer, as illustrated by my project at the time. I had sent my project, a gently overhung, technical and sustained 13c with delicate footwork and foot-dependant moves and rests. When I climbed it in the Mad Rocks, it honestly felt a letter grade or two easier! I was able to put more weight on my feet and climb more efficiently in these shoes than I had in any others.
The shape and construction of the shoe focuses power into the big toe, and the downturned shape is retained through wear and resoles!
The toe rubber is also awesome for durability and toe-hooking.
Overall an excellent shoe for hard sport climbing.
Sizing Notes: I wear 11.5 or 12 street shoes, La Sportiva Miuras in 42.5 and these Mad Rocks in size 44.5

Responded on

So essentially you got the size you wear, and didn't have to size-down for these? Have they stretched at all? They have US sizes here so would you suggest 11.5 for someone that wears the same size street shoe?