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Mad Rock
Phoenix Climbing Shoe

4.833333333333333 out of 5 stars
6 Reviews


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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

Overall Rating

5 based on 6 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

December 21, 2021

Best one more beginners to intermedia

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 7"

These were the first rocking climbing shoes I used. so far i have used it a little over a month now. one thing i have to say is. I love it ! here are the pro and con Pro 1): it stands out. 2): perfect fit as it ajust after a few days of using. 3): perfect for climbing in all aspects (in my opinion because it's my first shoes.) Con 1): got a blister on my big toe after the first time. (my toe got used to it, no more blister :) ) 2): my toes have to curl a little when walking around. (got used to it)

Steven K
5 out of 5 stars

July 20, 2021

Great trad shoe

I've put it through the wringer

I've used a pair of these while climbing across Europe - in the French Alps, Swiss limestone, and Finland's short granite. They gone up trad routes up to 25 pitches (Le Soleil Rendezvous Avec la Lune) and sport climbs up to 5.13b. Recently I've been taking them back to the Chamonix cliffs on Red Pillar on up to 10 pitch routes, and up to 6b+. It may not be the best bouldering shoe for anyone, but I really love the look and comfort of these from Mad Rock. Definitely a great shoe for the price, as well. I like to call them the Wes Anderson shoe of crack climbing because of the color. They did stretch a little over the year that I used them, but they are still my go-to for comfort on long crack climbs.

Tiffany H
5 out of 5 stars

December 10, 2020

Excellent budget trad shoe

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:
5' 11"

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

Adam H
4 out of 5 stars

November 10, 2020

Excellent Intermediate Shoe

I've used it several times

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.

Shawn A
5 out of 5 stars

October 28, 2020


I've used it several times

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

Valeri S
5 out of 5 stars

May 18, 2020

They?re great

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

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

Eric M