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Mad Rock Phoenix Climbing Shoe


Phoenix Climbing Shoe

The Phoenix made first flight when Mad Rock began in 2002, and now it's back with modern upgrades fit for ambitious rock climbers. Its subtly downturned, slightly asymmetrical profile puts solid pressure on your big toe as you tiptoe through micro-footholds on vertical routes, and it holds its own when the climb gets steeper than that. The Phoenix is remarkably stiff for solid support, and Science Friction 3.0 rubber ensures traction on plastic as well as rock. 
  • A Mad Rock original designed for technical climbing
  • Slight asymmetry ideal for vertical-to-steep routes and boulders
  • Leather upper stretches for customized comfort
  • Stiff midsole ensures solid support on microscopic edges
  • Science Friction 3.0 rubber sole ensures traction
  • Item #MRCZ102

Upper Material
polyester (18mm)
Science Friction 3.0 [rand] Science Friction R2
subtle downturn
Asymmetrical Curvature
slight asymmetry
Recommended Use
bouldering, sport climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Excellent budget trad shoe

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Runs large
Size Bought
5` 11"
165 lbs

I never write reviews but I had such a hard time finding sizing info on this so here we go. Most of my climbing these days is training on long traverses and trad. Also, I have an old foot injury that acts up when I spend too much time on micro edges with mocs and other thin shoes, so I wanted a stiff shoe. Honestly I needed something for trad while I resole my favorite shoes, TC Pros. Just climbed about 600’ in them and jammed in a roof crack and I’m sold on them, especially for the price. Comfortable out of the box, stiff enough for my toe to not hurt after standing on 1/4” edges, jammed great and painless even upside down. They even look hip and retro! I am a 10 street shoe no matter brand: Nike, Birkenstock, etc Sizing: I size aggressively but not into pain or curled toes TC Pro 9 Mocassym 9 Phoenix 9.5 so half size down. Tried a 10 and a 9 and the 10 had too much room (no contact between toe and end) when I pointed my foot and the 9 was excruciating For reference I’ve climbed 8 years

>Rating: 4

Excellent Intermediate Shoe

I've used it several times
Runs small

This is a great shoe for the intermediate climber, and excellent value as well. The sole is quite stiff allowing for excellent edging and takes a lot of stress of your feet when climbing for long periods. It's also surprisingly comfortable. After you get used to it, you'll really start trusting your feet even on very small footholds. One tradeoff: being stiffer than most beginner shoes, you will lose some sensitivity in "feeling" for holds with your feet. This is minor, however, and well worth the trade off as you are moving into the intermediate grades. Sizing: I wear a size 10.5 street shoe and sized up to a 11.5. A 10.5 was far too small. An 11 probably would have worked for an "aggressive fit," but I prefer not to be taking my shoes on and off all the time at the crag. An 11.5 was perfect for me: very comfortable, but still tight enough to be very effective.

>Rating: 5


I've used it several times
True to size

True to size, used several times already and loved it!

>Rating: 5

They’re great

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size

Good for edging, fits my wife foot well, stiff, very comfortable, awesome value.