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More climb, less whine.

The Mad Rock Flash Climbing Shoe shows that having an all-around shoe doesn't require sacrificing edge in your chosen vertical discipline. The Flash tackles competitions and multi-pitch days alike. Mad Rock threw the stickiest rubber they could conjure, Formula #5, into this design for optimal adhering power. A padded neoprene tongue keeps you comfortable and encourages circulation, while traditional construction earns this sensitive shoe its 'all-around' designation.

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4 5

Definitely worth the money.

I find these to be my go to shoe for taking it easy or moderate trad. They do wear alittle quickly, but you can get two pair for the price of a pair of VS's. These aren't the shoes for hard sends, but if you want a pair of shoes that are comfortable to have on all day these are it. I've owned alot of "cheapo shoes" in my time and I like these the best. Fit is alittle large. I bought about a half size smaller than my street size and since these are my comfort shoes I find that about perfect.

4 5

Great multi pitch mellow

I climb mellow multi pitches, and love this shoe. They do stretch out quite a bit, but I bought them to hurt and they feel like a cast now when I put them on. I climb on the colder days don't know why but I do any ways. If I have to warm up my feet its easy to take on and off on the wall, and they don't really have pressure points

2 5

Definitely a beginner shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I started climbing on sandstone this sumer and the shoe was great for about a month. It started to stretch a lot. i would recommend getting a very very tight shoe to get the most out of it. With that in mind within 3 months i put holes in the toe of both shoes. These shoes are not very durable, but if one is trying to go cheap this is an good shoes. If your into climbing spend the money and get some la sportivas.

3 5

a fine beginner shoe

these shoes wil perform decently out of the box, but my buddies and i all agree that madrock rubber wears down quicker than other brands. then your edging performance and ability to toe in on small holds will suffer. also, i thought the two velcro straps were narrow and i couldn't get the dialed in fit that i expect from other shoes.

4 5

First item I purchased from BC.com

I purchased the original Flash shoes several years ago. I found Mad Rock's quality to be on par with other manufacturers. The durability of these shoes was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase the Flash 2.0 shoes.

5 5

A girl lovin this "men's shoe"

This is not my first climbing shoe, I am coming from the La sportiva, Nago and a variety of Evolv shoes. I was sceptical, especially with the gel-injected heel. But love them. They are the most comfortable shoe I've had (my foot shape: wide toe box, narrow heel). But they have performed well so far in every situation I've put them: gym mostly 5.10 range, trad multi-pitch, granite crack/face, sandstone. I spend a lot of time in my shoes, so the gooshy heel is nice. People have complained of orange dyed feet...not had that problem. Overall, I love these shoes, they perfrom as well as my more expensive La Sportiva's. I guess we'll see how long they last!

A girl lovin this "men's shoe"
4 5

Pleased

As many have said, these are good starter shoes. I bought these is size 9.5 US (recommended from sizing chart). When I first tried them I thought no way these will ever fit. After some breaking in they fit very nicely and I feel comfortable and in control on the wall with them. They are a huge step up from rental shoes for a fair price (especially if on sale at backcountry). I would recommend for novice/recreational climbers.

im edward cmilleri of abseiling and climbing...

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im edward cmilleri of abseiling and climbing in malta
i bought a stock of mad rock shoes for climbing from the distributor in holland
but i cannot find their e mail or their web site
can you please help me ??

Responded on

Ramesh@madrockclimbing.com

or you can fill out their email form online:
http://store.madrockclimbing.com/contact-us.aspx

3 5

Value $$$

This isn't a super aggressive or super durable shoe. But it delivers 90% of the performance of a comparable 5.10/evolv shoe, for HALF the price. If you have less than 1 year climbing experience, don't waste money on a more expensive shoe that you'll shred while learning. In this price range, the unlined leather is nice too.

0.5 size down from street shoe size gives comfortable, full-day wear.

3 5

Okay shoes

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shoe is okay. I'm happy with the velcro, I hate fighting laces. They fit well, and work well. They just don't WOW me. Side note: I don't like how the shoes make my feet a dyed orange color after climbing. Going to go with the sportiva next go round.

Okay shoes
4 5

Awesome!

I'm a girl and my feet were a little too wide for the MadRock Onsights. These are my first climbing shoes and I love them. Super easy to get on and off. Heel hooks are extremely comfortable and supportive with the extra rubber they put in the heel. I'm a beginner climber still learning and my shoes are still perfect. They're comfortable enough for me to walk around the gym without looking like I'm in extreme pain. I'm very satisfied with these shoes! Ladies, don't be afraid to buy mens shoes!

3 5

Decent everyday shoe

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

Having used these shoes on and off for over six months I've found they do a good but not great job. I sized these like my street shoe but in retrospect I should have downsized by a half size. They are far less sturdy than my Anasazi making for a much more comfortable out of the box experience but a less precise fit after break in. The rubber sticks well but I find they are not very supportive leaving my feet aching after harder sessions compared to other shoes: I'm not sure that the 'polycarbonate support' in the sole does anything.

The sole started to separate slightly after crack climbing in them so I'd definitely advise against using them for this purpose. The shape and heel means they edge and heel hook quite confidently. The soft sole makes smearing quite effective but doesn't support the foot in small toe pockets as well as others. The gel pad in the heel seems to be more of a novelty than anything else.

Overall I'd say that they are a reasonable choice for the price compared to the retail on others and well suited to a beginner boulderer/climber. Having said that I think I'm better served by keeping an eye on prices and getting a higher end shoe at a discounted price (still about $30 more).

5 5

Jack of all Trades

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

This is one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, even when sized down I keep them on for an entire gym session. The material is very comfortable and conforms well to your feet, yet I've seen little if any stretch in either of the two pairs that I have over about a year of use. I've used them for everything from climbing desert towers (cracks), to slabs, face, overhanging sport routes and bouldering. They provide the sensitivity to give you confidence on smears and still provide enough support to stand on anything but true dime edges.

Jack of all Trades
5 5

Great shoes!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been having a great time climbing on these new Flash 2.0 Mad Rock shoes over the last seven months! Precise on sharp edges, versatile on different types of rocks and very durable shoe. I have been using them for sport climbing, bouldering and lot of deep water solo over Panama and Mallorca. The shoes just work well, also offers a comfortable yet precise fit and after seven months the shoe still maintains a consistent fit with almost no damage except some obvious scratches due to the extreme usage. New Mad rock Sole technology is very sticky, choose this shoes and you will definitely love them!!

Great shoes!
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Nice work Cesar!!

This pic was selected as one of the most highly excellent community uploaded images for inclusion in the Backcountry.com Best of Climb article on our EXPLORE section:

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5 5

My "go to" shoe

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

I wear this shoe on 80% of my climbing endeavors. It's comfortable enough for extended wear and yet has enough performance features to allow me to succeed on more challenging climbs where I might normally be compelled to where a more technically advanced shoe model.

The velcro closure makes it extremely easy to put on and take off, and allows me to get a precise and snug fit when needed.

Mad Rock's rubber formula keeps improving and this latest advance is no different; allowing superior "stickiness"while also lasting longer than previous formulas.

If you're looking for a new shoe, I suggest trying the Flash 2.0...you won't be disappointed.

4 5

Pretty Descent Starter Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are pretty good shoes, well worth the price. The rubber isn't as good as scarpa's or la sportiva and it has different rubber halfway down the foot. they are pretty soft and darn comfy for climbing shoes. Not great for cracks though. Velcro is easy on easy off.

Pretty Descent Starter Shoe
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Nice work JD!!

This pic was selected as one of the most highly excellent community uploaded images for inclusion in the Backcountry.com Best of Climb article on our EXPLORE section:

http://www.backcountry.com/explore/you-are-backcountry-best-of-climb

Thanks and congrats!

(copy and paste this link into a new tab, for some reason the link won't work when you click on it within this comment box).

4 5

Pretty good

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

I bought these shoes to use at my indoor gym, they are comfy, fit perfectly, and grip very well. I have naturally sweaty feet and they tend to stain the shoe and smell terrible. But besides that I find them as a great overall starting shoe

5 5

Great Shoes

I picked up a pair of these last week and took them outside to boulder as my comortable all day shoe. After taking a few falls on the new shock jell, my feet still didnt hurt, I had all the edging power I wanted or needed with the stiff rubber, and they were super comfortable. All around, a GREAT shoe for all day use, stiff, but comfortable, and still can do everything you want it to do.

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