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tippingpin2298783wrote a review of on January 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Mad Rock M5's are my favorite shoe to date. They have excellent performance on all types of rock from Valley slabs, Font slopers to Heuco roofs. Mad Rock continues to improve their product line every year and this is my favorite update to the line.

The rubber is super sticky in cold and warm conditions and has good durability.

Toe rubber is perfect for scummy toe hooks.

The heel isn't extra bulky so it's easy to place and doesn't slide around a lot.

2 Velcro straps make it easy to get in and out of while keeping the fit tight.

Price can't be beat for the quality.

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tippingpin2298783wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are hands down my favorite shoes from the current Mad Rock lineup.

* Sticky and powerful!
* These fit wider than the Conflict 2.0 lineup
* They offer great mid-range stiffness
* If worn small they perform great on edges and smears.
* Worn big they fit great in finger cracks
* Extra rubber on the toe is great for toe hooks and bicycles as well as cracks.
* Hemp lined so there's very little stretch


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tippingpin2298783wrote a review of on April 17, 2012

4 5

I highly recommend the R3 as you main pad.

Pros:
* Price! Seriously the R3 is half the cost of Flashed pads which are the only other pad I can firmly recommend.
* It has good absorption on long falls.
* Folds very well over uneven surfaces.
* Fits a ton of gear when folded up
* Doesn't have the usual folding issues with wrinkles in the foam and likely will be less expensive to refill if/when the foam breaks down.
* Durable shell, other pads (mainly Flashed) have this feature but new foam is usually insanely expensive.

Cons:
* This thing is a beast and 5+ pounds more than any pad in it's size.
* Definitely not a second pad...

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tippingpin2298783wrote a review of on July 10, 2008

5 5

Quick background:

* I've been climbing 15 years
* I've used these and previous versions of the Hooker EZ at: Fontainbleau, Squamish, The Valley and Toulomne, Hueco Tanks, Bishop and many other areas.
* Hardest send v12
* I focus on bouldering but do sport, trad, off-widths, cracks, slabs, you name it
* I've climbed exclusively in Mad Rocks for the last 5 years but demo many of the new shoes from all brands.


Performance:
The Hooker EZs are the most powerful shoe I have ever worn. They have incredible edging power and still smear like a mad man. They work well in very cold conditions and extreme heat (not that I want to be climbing when it's over 50 degrees!)

Versatility:
The Hooker EZs are a well rounded shoe. Full heel and toe rubber with ribs offer superior hooking. The 3 strap velcro enclosure keeps your heel snug and sound. I wear these shoes for every style of climbing except thin cracks and off-widths.

Durability:
Hooker EZ durability is medium to high. Mad Rocks may not have the legendary durability of Boreal but they will destroy La Sportiva and they have hands down the best rubber I've ever climbed on.

-jeremy
http://www.supersloper.net

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