A tool of precision.
Sometimes the thing that is keeping you off the send-train is painful feet. Crunching toes and cramping arches isn’t Tenaya’s favorite thing either, thus the birth of the Mundaka Climbing Shoes. These puppies keep the dogs from barking with their extremely comfortable footbed. The split sole offers flexibility in pressure points on your feet, so when you press down to stick to a footchip, you won’t feeling like you’re breaking your toes, but you won’t sacrifice aggression. With the inner foot-lining sock, you get the comfortable, firm, and personalized fit of a gym shoe, again without sacrificing the downturn. Vibram rubber arranged to handle the gnarliest edges will keep you on the wall even when the footing is suspect. Rely on the Mundakas to tick off your next projects, last long enough to plow through plenty of your ticklist, and to keep your feet from burning and aching with pain. This way, you can finish strong on the final move, no foot slips, only sends.
- Downturned, aggressive shoes for edging your way through your project
- Stiff toebox offers support on small edges
- Split sole allows for flexibility to reduce edge deformation
- Hook and loop closure for secure fit and fast on and off
- Vibram rubber keeps you on the wall
- Item #TNY0009
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 9 - (But i am usually a 9.5)
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 165lbs
For precise placements on footholds, a nice soft mid sole, and the fit like a solid slipper - the Mundaka is my new favorite sport climbing shoe. I've had the chance now to try it in both the gym and at a limestone crag and I'm really stoked on the performance of these.
In regards to fit - a reviewer below noted how these fit with wide feet and long toes -
I HAVE WIDE FEET, BUT NOT SO LONG TOES. Maybe that is the difference, but i also believe fitting these is a little different than other Tenayas.
TENAYA'S RUN LARGE! So usually i am a 9.5 for most climbing shoes - with these I am a 9 - and that is really sizing up from most other Tenayas. I don't feel crushed in them and I for sure believe they will break in a bit more.
They produce a very narrow profile to the foot, and center a lot of the power over the big toe. Very precise.
Don't fit: Wide feet + Long index toe.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Size Bought: 6.5 (38.8)
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 140lbs
I wanted a dedicated shoe for my outdoor sport project and was excited about these "new" shoes on the market, but unfortunately I won't ever be able to fit them.
They fit me nearly exactly like La Sportiva Solutions in that my biggest toe gets crammed into the next toe, cutting into the flesh. And the toe point where all the power is directed lies right between my big toe and the next toe so no toe would actually be pressing down on whatever edge the rubber point is on.
The toe box is quite stiff, likely due to the lining, yet the sole rubber is on the softer side. It's quite a weird feeling. The heel cup is way too big. With just the tension of the shoe being on my foot, there's about a 1/2 gap between the bottom of my heel and the footbed.
The lacing system is also a HUGE pain from first impression.
I cannot comment on the performance or stretch amount because I'll be (sadly) returning them before using them, but judging from these CRUCIAL aspects, Mundakas will never fit me.
For anyone that's excited about new shoes but is totally stressed out by not knowing the fit:
I cannot wear the following:
6.5 (38.8) Mundakas - too narrow, toe point doesn't match my feet.
(39) Solutions - too narrow, toe point doesn't match my feet.
Shoes that fit me:
7.5 (40) Acro WIDE - comfy tight toe box, slightly bad heel.
7.5 (40) Narsha WIDE - ever ever slightly too small to tolerate, but great fit and BEST HEEL I'VE TRIED
(38.5) Skwama - My GO-TO for sport toeing/edging & bouldering toehook shenanigans. Love. Heel is ok
(38) Maverink - little painful but can gets the gym job done great.
(38) Katana - don't actually own these but the fit is so amazingly comfy yet aggressive.
(38) Testarossa - too painful to tolerate but toe box fit me very properly
I will likely be buying 38.5 Testarossas shortly after writing this review...
Also the size chart provided on Backcountry does not match up with the Tenaya size chart on the boxes themselves (see image... if I can get it to upload).