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    18 Reviews


    Climb harder for less.

    Just because the Mad Rock Drifter Climbing Shoe costs about half the price of it's competitors doesn't mean it lacks the juice to get things done. In fact, this may be the least expensive shoe to ever climb V15. Ultra-sticky Science Friction rubber keeps this Mad Rock shoe glued to the rock while the dual hook-and-loop closures lock your foot in place. Instead of getting all overkill with useless features, this shoe uses an unlined leather upper which molds to your foot as you wear it.
    • Item #MRC0084

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Science Friction 3.0, [rand] Science Friction R2
    slip lasted
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single, size 9] 7.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    trad climbing, gym climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Second Pair

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is the second pair of these shoes that I've bought. I wore out the first pair over two years and I liked them so much that I decided to buy the same pair again. They do fit tight, but will stretch ~.5 size over time.

    Seem good but run a bit small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I am new to climbing a purchased a pair of these because they look like good beginner shoes for a solid price. I was told that climbing shoes tend to run small, so I bought a size 12.5 because I wear a size 12 sneaker. The 12.5 very tight and forced my toes to curl up, which led to my decision to return them. The material of the shoe seemed high quality and the shoes were price well, but they seem to run a bit small. Unfortunately there were no larger sizes available and I ended up getting a different shoe from another brand.

    Getting the family climbing!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small

    I gave these to my brother in law so he and his wife could join us on our climbing adventures. As a new climber these are a great option and are working well for him. I got them for him in his street shoe size and they fit great. They are a great value!

    The perfect fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10.5 but then 11.5
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 218lbs

    Bought my first pair of climbing shoes over a week ago and went on the advice of other enthusiasts... however this brand is made for us new climbers that don't know their size. So, got a half size smaller than my street shoe size. Well the shoes were more aggressive than I was accustom to from my indoor boldering days. So when Backcountry called me personally to find out how things were going, they helped me get the right fit immediately. Now, I love these shoe!

    Caveat: When it says true size, I think more runs small. So, if you're like me a size 11 street shoe then you'll probably be a comfortable 11.5. Happy climbing y'all!

    Sweet James! Thanks for the honest review. Glad I could walk you through this purchase. Pun intended. Rock on man! Let's be in touch about getting you connected to your passions.

    Case Turner
    Expert Gearhead

    Get better each time I use them

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Tried these for the first time in the gym and they felt great. I liked them so much that I came home and ordered a pair for myself. I like them more and more every time I use them.

    These -do not- stretch out!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 151lbs

    Hi, I bought these from backcountry for $50. It's the cheapest on the internet by at least $20. Free 2 day shipping, too! I received the shoes and they are beautiful. After 2.5 months of regular indoor bouldering the leather upper is starting to separate from the sole. I think that's rather flimsy. When these do go unfunctional I'll buy La Sportiva Mythos because I heard great things and I'm expecting them to be of higher quality.

    In regards to the fit, understand that these do not stretch! I wear a size 8.5 in Sperry top-siders which are known to run a half size smaller than normal. For these Mad Rocks I bought a size 9.5 Men and according to their size chart that's a 42.5 in Euro.

    I never felt like these were cheap quality shoes. The look and feel of everything was quality, but they are still breaking down and I feel that I'll move to a more "serious" brand next.

    Great beginner shoe

      Bought them to work in the gym. Take a while to break in but are worth it. Used them outside a few times but are better for bouldering. It would also help to know that I'm a beginning so I probably don't really know what I'm talking about.

      Good beginner shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 11
      • Height: 5'6"
      • Weight: 110lbs

      My son is a rapidly improving beginner climber with narrow/flat feet. He is a size 10 normally, We had to return for size 11 with a little room for growth.

      We've never used advanced level shos, so would not know the difference, but these get the job done.

      Great for Beginners

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Size Bought: 8.0
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 145lbs

      I bought this shoe about 9 months ago. It was my first pair and for that they were great. They lasted a good amount of time. just two weeks ago I noticed there is a tear/hole in one of the toes. it is not a huge deal but it has continued to get worse and now I am ready to upgrade. they did stretch a lot. My street size is usually a 9 and I got an 8 in these. If i knew how much they would stretch, I would have gone with a 7.5 and dealt with the discomfort. Anyways, a Great shoe for beginners who are interested in climbing but don't want to drop $175 on really intense shoes.

      not to shabby

      • Fit: True to size

      These are on the cheaper end of climbing shoes and I personally dont believe in skimping out on my shoes but when I was a little pressed for cash these sure were nice to have. They took me about 3 climb sessions to break in but now they are comfortably snug as they should be and are just showing the smallest signs of ware after several uses in the gym and on real rock.

      Comfort for gym, fine for outside

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10.5

      I got these in the same size as my FiveTen Anasazi Verde lace-ups (10.5) and they fit comfortably - not quite as snug, but I didn't want that for hour-long workouts on my woody at home. They've held up well over the last 6 months, and were fine for some outdoor slabby bouldering on granite when I just wanted to throw some shoes on.

      The heel is great, even with the extra room available, and the rubber has held up well over months of use every 2-3 days. I got them cheap, and they've surprised me; decent quality for overhanging stuff on plastic, and enough grip to trust them on friction slabs outdoors. The rubber is a little stiff, but that works for me as far as training goes, and that's what I'd recommend these for - an all-purpose gym shoe.

      Worth a punt under $70, and for less than $60 you're getting a great deal, especially for an everyday workhorse shoe.

      Excellent Value and Performance

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have been climbing for over 30 years and I love these shoes. For the price you can't beat them. They perform as well as many shoes that cost twice as much. The edge with precision, they smear well, they pocket well and they are soft enough to pull with on the steep angles. Whether you are getting these for an extra pair of training shoes or as your full time shoes I would recommend them to anyone. As with any unlined leather shoe, they will stretch so make sure you downsize 1 full size to 1/2 size.

      Good Shoe!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought these about a month ago. i bought these because i'm just getting into the sport and didn't want to dump a bunch of cash or need anything too aggressive.

      i ordered a half size smaller and they are relatively comfortable.

      I would recommend these to anyone thats getting into the sport and is sick of rental shoes at the gym.

      Replacement shoes.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I climb a few times a month and I've got to say these are a pretty good pair of shoes. They fit me just about perfectly where 8.5 shoes normally fit me. A good tight fit and toe-bind to keep your feet self-supporting on the rocks.

      The rubber seems a little less quality than I would like, but I find they do the job just fine for a budget shoe.

      My First Shoes

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought these because my friend had the same pair, and as I was new to climbing, I didn't want to spend a lot. I wasn't very satisfied. It's tough to get a grip on holds with the toe, something about the rubber is too tough. Furthermore, after only about 12 climbs indoors, the top strap tore completely loose and I was left without left shoe. I would spend the extra dollar to get a higher quality pair next time.

      First shoe

        First climbing shoe and I am satisfied with their performance. I got them on sale and i believe they were worth what i paid for. They stretch out a bit so size them smaller. The only things I would really want to change is the breathability and the room in the heel. Looking forward to upgrading but as of now these will do.