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John Flanagan

John Flanagan

Bishop, California

John Flanagan

John Flanaganwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

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

When I bought a pair of the precursor shoe to this one (the Oasi) I was blown away by the combination of comfort and performance. For someone with a narrow but medium-volume foot, I have never felt the confidence on heel and toe hooks that I got with the Oasi. As I saw it, there were really only two issues with Tenaya's first attempt at a shoe that can do it all: toe rubber and heel peeling. The Mundaka seeks to remedy these problems, and after a first session, it seems much more well constructed and durable than the Oasi while keeping all the features I loved so much about the first shoe. Tenaya's Draxtor Lacing System, which some claim to be finnicky, offers exactly the kind of adjustability one would expect from a laced shoe in a gym-friendly, quick-change velcro setup. Their choice of Vibram XS Grip rubber over the XS Grip 2 is a smart one as well- the advanced dynamics of the shoe give edging power when you need it, but this softer rubber compound (along with the wholesale removal of the "barely there" midsole of the Oasi) somehow keeps the legendary edging and pocket-finding ability of the first shoe while improving on smearing and sensitivity. Also, who doesn't love having a shoe that no one knows about? Great conversation starter, and I got a lot of compliments on the bold green colorway. While I'm aware that every brand tries to make shoes for every kind of foot, it's hard to slip these on, send my projects, and be completely comfortable without thinking "I'm never going back to any other brand of climbing shoe".