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Mad Rock Drone High Volume Climbing Shoe


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    4 Reviews


    Like a glove.

    Mad Rock's Drone High Volume Climbing Shoe is an aggressive, downturned shoe with a focus-to-detail when it comes to fit. A lot of shoes with this much rubber over the toe feel as clunky as wooden clogs. The Drone's rubber has a bit more stretch to conform to your foot's shape a little better. Its R2 rubber sole is really thin to stay sensitive on the micro-footholds that make difficult problems so difficult, and the full-length midsole keeps this shoe's downturn sharp so you can continue working overhung routes with the same performance.

    Mad Rock's Drone comes in both high volume and low volume options so you can find an even better fit.
    • Aggressive climbing shoe for bolts and boulders
    • Sharp downturn enhances precision and overall performance
    • Thin, stretchy R2 rubber creates a sensitive platform
    • Full-length midsole connects to 3D heel for additional support
    • Breathable, stretchy tongue with hook-and-loop strap for secure fit
    • Item #MRC001K

    Tech Specs

    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Recommended Use
    bouldering, sport climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Best shoe ever

      I have always had a hard time fitting climbing shoes. Either the toe wide enough and the heel is too big or the shoe is too narrow overall. Basically, I have a wide forefoot and lowish volume heel. These fit amazingly well. Normally I downsize A LOT. I wear a 8.5 in the la sportiva genius and an 9 in skwamas. For scarpa sizing I wear a 43.5 in furias and instinct vs. Anyway I sized them in 11 which is my normal street shoe size and they were amazing. They are comfortable, sensitive, and stiff. I use them mainly for the gym just because that's where I boulder, but I still need to try them on some sport routes. My recommendation is to go no more than 1 size down.

      I think I would compare them to the hiangles if sized correctly.

      Best shoe ever

      These shoes are for narrow feet

        I got a full size up from street shoe, and I still found them unbearably tight. I think this shoe may work best if you have narrow feet. They are high quality and have a precise toe edge. Despite the tightness, my heel would nearly slip out of the heel on heel hook moves.

        My New Go to Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I love how versatile these shows are! Great at small foot holds, smearing, and overhangs. The toe rubber isn't noticeable when you put the shoe on, unlike other shoes I've tried in the past. the heel cup, makes heel hooking super easy in all cases. Notably stiffer than I thought they would be, but still sensitive (some how). very comfy foot bed and secure strap and upper make the shoe feel like a glove. Only complaint I had was the break in period was kinda rough.
        Size of Drones HV: 7 (performance fit)
        Size for La Sportive: 39.5

        I Expect Good Things

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I haven't climbed much in them yet. Would like to update in a few months after some wear and tear.
        As far as fit goes--street shoe size for sure. I would be curious to see if 1/2 size up from street shoe size would still work and be slightly more comfortable on the landings.
        I was worried, with the amount of rubber on top, that I wouldn't be able to get my foot in them because of my high arch, but they just barely slide in.
        The downturn feels pretty good. The curve hits right at the tarsal/metatarsal joint rather than in the middle of the bones of the toes (had that trouble with some other downturned shoes).
        It really does fit like a glove. There is just enough padding in the lining, but not too much. The ankle is very low-cut, as is the heel. No achilles tendon rubbing or pain.
        The strap doesn't even seem necessary, but maybe with some wear it will prove useful.

        Same sizing after 6 months. They're broken in some now, but the stretch is minimal.

        Had some trouble with these on gneiss and some small crystal nubbins. They're also not great for slot-like feet since the bottom of the toe sticks out less than the top of the toe. Hugely successful on limestone and in the gym though. No trouble with smears. Not sure about sandstone yet, but I think they'll do well.