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Mad Rock Redline Climbing Shoe

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    Steep sport routes to technical bouldering.

    From steep sport routes to complex bouldering problems, the Mad Rock Men's Redline Climbing Shoe offers an aggressive downturned toe for effortless pushing and perching on overhanging walls. Its perforated Tek Flex upper offers enhanced breathability and just a little give compared to Mad Rock's original non-stretch fabric. The molded compression tongue works in conjunction with the shoe's Arch Flex system, hugging your foot for a glove-like fit.

    You'll appreciate the shoe's molded Heel Clutch, which connects to the lacing system for extra heel-hooking power. This heel is constructed of super sticky rubber for unparalleled sensitivity. Additionally, this high-performance climbing shoe uses Mad Rock's R2 rand rubber formula for unbelievable comfort and super-sticky performance on technical routes and complex bouldering problems.

    • Perforated Tek Flex upper
    • Molded compression tongue
    • Heel Clutch (connected to lacing system)
    • Two-way stretch silicone frame
    • Spiral last (downturned/cambered)
    • Arch Flex System with R2 rubber (1.8-millimeters)
    • Power Tape
    • Item #MRC000G

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Tek Flex
    1.8mm R2
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, bouldering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Magic that lasts forever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had my Redlines for nearly six years and they've barely shown any wear. The toe is finally beginning to split slightly, but not in a way that is remotely impacting performance. I constantly put these shoes through so much-- indoor climbing 4+ times a week and outdoors as well. SIX YEARS. I know Mad Rock's rubber gets some flack for being

    Stiff and Agressive

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This shoe is hands down one of, if not the most aggressive and stiff shoes I've had. It makes it very easy to push down on small overhanging foot holds on any kind of rock. Also found it had a nice sensitive heel that felt very secure from the lacing system. Wouldn't recommend slab climbing in them. Best for the climber that is creating a quiver of climbing shoes for different kinds of routes/boulders.

    Great shoe, wish they would last longer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    I bought these on a whim when they were on sale, thought they looked like a good shoe and decided to roll the dice and see. I had been wearing Shamans for over a year prior and had issues with the heel being too large to hook effectively, so decided to replace them with these in my quiver.

    I bought a size 10 (I also wear 10 in shamans) and the fit was fantastic. Painful to start for sure, but once the shoe flattened and stretched a bit it became more livable. The full lining make these shoes a pleasure to wear for extended amount of time considering how aggressive they are, no weird seams or other things to poke and rub your feet in the wrong way.

    The performance is incredible, the new rubber formulation is shockingly sticky for how resilient it is, meaning not only can you stand on thin edges but also pull in on them with ease. Lace closure also means you can dial in the right fit for your foot. I like to keep it a bit loose in front to accommodate my wider foot and cinch it down in the back to secure the heel.

    The heelcup is perfectly suited to my slightly narrower heel, and the rand rubber across it seems to be even stickier (!) than the sole rubber. I've pulled off sketchy heel hooks that I never thought possible on crimp sized holds thanks to the sensitive, sticky, lower volume heel.

    No bones about it, this is a stiff shoe. The radical downturn and stiffness of the sole does tend to make the shoe a little insecure on smears as you simply can't get enough rubber on the surface. A work around I found was to simply untie the shoe. There's elastic holding the tongue down, meaning if you don't tie it the shoe behaves more like a slipper. In this way you can get more flex out of the shoe at the cost of decreased edging precision and power, but provides a solid middle ground if both edges and smears are needed for a problem.

    So why not five stars? As much as I like these shoes durability remains an issue. The design is (in my view) flawed by the inclusion of the rubber/plastic lace hole reinforcement. After projecting a problem that utilized an odd toe hook on a sloper, the reinforcement was all but destroyed, and leaves me afraid to tighten down on the laces because it feels like the holes will give soon. If a more durable material had been used here instead of the odd plastic layer, these shoes would definitely deserve five stars.

    My shoe sizes:
    Brooks running: 10
    Redlines: 10 (performance fit)
    Shamans: 10 (performance fit)
    Addicts: 9.5 (performance fit)
    Solutions: 41 (performance fit)
    Tarantulace: 42 (flat toe fit)

    Sizing advice:
    Unlike Sportivas, MadRock tends to size their shoes so that using your street shoe size will give you a good tight fit. I would advise against downsizing from your street shoe size too drastically, unless you tend to wear loose shoes.

    These shoes are the tits

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I have used them inside and out and they rock on all terrain. I was worried about the severity of the downturned toe on vertical or slabs, but, as you can see from the picture below, that wasn't a problem on this highball with marble sized foot holds. Even smears hold extremely well. I probably don't have to mention how well they work on overhangs, but, yeah, they rock.

    I wear a size 10.5~11 in street shoes, an 11 in 5.10 dragons 10 in 5.10 anasazi, 42 in solutions and the Redlines fit great at 11.

    My favourite part of the shoe is how it sucks to your feet and with my feet i have zero dead space making the heel the best i have used so far.

    The only complaints are with the approx. 1 inch white section on the tongue. The material makes your foot sweat (only in that spot) like a mofo and just feels nasty, and they are also a little pricy for Mad Rock shoes.

    They have a really thick rubber but are very sensitive and you can feel the holds and hold an edge very well.

    The toe also doesn't last long if you are using toe hooks on extremely textured surfaces.

    These shoes are the tits

    My Mad Rock Favorite!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    I've been wearing Mad Rock shoes for a while now and these are by FAR my FAVORITE! Mad Rock really upped their game with these shoes. I have often run into the issue of air pockets in the heels of climbing shoes but I typically don't have that issue with Mad Rock and the heel on the Redlines, I feel I can heel hook anything.
    They do run small I would say. I wear a 5.5 in the Demon 2.0 and a 6 in the Redlines. I'm hoping there a couple more versions of these in the near future...

    My new favorite Mad Rocks

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    Excellent high performance shoe for bouldering and sport climbing - these make me able to heel hook on anything. Don't give up on the shoes if they start painful, it took me about a month of climbing regularly before my Redlines were broken in. That initial too-small-shoe feeling is completely worth it, these shoes do great toeing down on small edges and heel hooking on anything. I wear a half size bigger in the Redline than other Mad Rock shoes, I am a size 7 womens street shoe, and size 6 in the Redlines.

    High performance shoe

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

    Probably the best climbing shoe I have ever use. These shoes are 10 out of 10 regarding precision, sensitivity and power (specially on very small edges) way to go Mad Rock arc-support technology!! Red Lines are definitely my favorite high performance shoes. Unquestionable masterpiece!!

    The Definition of Precision

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

    The RedLines are an incredible shoe. I've had them since their release, and they are truly incredible- absolute precision edging machines. The sole has enough stiffness to stand on the tiniest edges and the spiral last + radical downturn focuses an incredible amount of power where you need it most- the big toe. This focus also allows the shoe to be used very precisely; toeing in on tiny pockets is no problem at all. I've sent several V11's and routes up to 5.13c in the RedLines and they make all the difference. The rubber used on the RedLines seems much stickier than previous offerings by Mad Rock, although it is still labelled as Science Friction 3.0. The heel is well-tensioned by the laces and provides excellent sensitivity for technical heel hooking. There is a patch of rubber on the toe for toe hooking, but as with any lace-up the RedLines are not ideal for toehooks (check out the Shark 2.0 if your specialty is toehooking shenanigans).

    The bottom line is this- these are some of the best shoes I've ever worn. Get them if you want slightly stiff, precise shoes for technical edging or steep bouldering/sport climbing. I use them on anything from vertical face routes to roofs. If you need more toe hooking options, check out the Shark 2.0- another rad offering from Mad Rock.

    Perfect High Performance Shoe.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    After owning solutions for 3 years in a row I have switched to the Redlines. In my personal opinion I believe they outperform solutions in the sensitivity aspect, you can feel the rock perfectly yet they have just the right arc-support to step on anything. Their glove like tongue and lining makes them feel like a glove. The heel is thing yet solid, it allows for serious heel hooks on all sorts of holds. I recommend any climber looking for a high performance shoe to give the RedLines a try. Ohhh and not the most important for many but they look amazing =)