In our opinion, the thin rubber is sensitive enough. The softness of the rubber makes Mad Rock Flash climbing shoe a great fit when you put them into small spaces. The flat-footed shoe serves climbers well as they try on slabs. For smearing applications, the shoe yields great performance. Although we expected a little more of the arch support, it held up well under the weights of some of our climbers.
The performance of the shoe on thin edges was satisfactory though some of us felt like having slips on small stuff. However, we wanted a pair of shoes from Mad Rock that could handle the edging well. If you want to enjoy comfort while trying on cracks, this shoe is not going to disappoint you. The flat toe allows you to stay in a natural position.
While on jams, this shoe will give you great stability and flexibility. With all these conveniences in mind, we have listed these shoes as the best climbing shoes for beginners and professionals alike.
- Leather and synthetic build with Syn-Flex
- Rubber and leather sole
- Typical leather upper with synthetic stretch material
- 3D molded heel
- Shock Gel utilized
- Poly-carbonate midsole
1. Mad Rock Rubber and Poly-Carbonate Midsole
Layered with Mad Rock 5.3mm rubber, the Mad Rock Flash 2.0 ensures a lot of friction for you to hold your ground and not slip off, in addition to it being easy to latch onto lime and grit so that you can gain a good footing of the rock you are climbing.
Moreover, the midsole of the Mad Rock Climbing Shoe is made of poly-carbonate (a strong, light and stretchable polymer material) so that you have a stable and predictable stretch while you edge or smear a rocky slope.
The upper portion of the shoe’s leather is combined with Synflex, a synthetic stretch material that makes other materials more tensile when applied, to make the shoe more flexible for you. Which means that when you stretch your feet on rocky slopes, the shoe will stretch with your foot instead of hugging it.
In addition, your feet will also get a plush fit, with your feet touching soft leather instead of coarse materials that can scrape off socks or your skin.
3. Shock Gel
The Mad Rock Climbing Shoes also come with a Shock Gel at the heel area. This ensures that any impact to your heels from your rock climbing adventures will be mostly absorbed by this gel and your heels will be as unscathed as you started.
As seen in our Mad Rock Flash Climbing Shoes review, the Mad Rock Climbing Shoe barely has any major negative points. It gives you magnificent comfort and power exertion when compared to average high-end rock climbing shoes. A comfortable, fairly all-purpose rock climbing shoe that is affordable and can help you with most of the rock climbing.
In this review of ours, we hope that we have managed to give you a clearer idea of the things this rock climbing shoe can do. For those who expect to own the best rock climbing shoes for beginners that is comfortable to use, affordable and has near all-purpose usability, this might be your befitting choice.