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Nov 20, 2012
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I blew through my all-around smear/all-day/crack shoes and have had a voucher for a free pair of Madrocks for awhile now.

Does anyone have any experience climbing in any of them?

Specifically, I'm looking for a shoe that does the jobs listed above and in that order of preference.

Let me know what you think good, bad, or neutral!

Patrick
Patrick Betts
Joined May 21, 2008
243 points
Nov 21, 2012
I get madrocks for free or dirt cheap, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. All the shoes that I have worn climb OK, and as far as quality goes, I'd again say they are OK leaving something to be desired. If I had extra coin to spend I'd invest in a higher quality pair(s) of shoes. I've worn pretty about half of the shoe in the new line, so If you're looking for some short reviews, just ask.

Bottom line: They're better then people give them credit for, but not as good as the higher quality companies. Buy the shoe that fits.
Ian McG
Joined Jun 30, 2011
56 points
Nov 21, 2012
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I've had a pair of the flashes and a pair of the black and white checkered ones that I got at a swap meet. They're not bad and the rubber seems to be better than Scarpa rubber. Since you have a coupon for a free pair why don't you just use it? tsuji
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 9, 2009
291 points
Nov 21, 2012
I have a pair of the Mugen tech 2.0 that I also got for free. I like them just fine. They are nice in cracks, but I got them a tad bit too small so I don't ever keep them on too long. If they were a half size bigger, I could consider them an all day shoe. AGParker
From San Angelo, TX
Joined Oct 13, 2009
15 points
Nov 21, 2012
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Patrick Betts wrote:
I blew through my all-around smear/all-day/crack shoes and have had a voucher for a free pair of Madrocks for awhile now. Does anyone have any experience climbing in any of them? Specifically, I'm looking for a shoe that does the jobs listed above and in that order of preference. Let me know what you think good, bad, or neutral! Patrick


MadRock Sharks. The best slipper I have ever wore for all around comfort. Does everything well nothing great. They are my go to slipper on easy long moderates <11.

they might be discontinued. Not sure.
Mike McKinnon
From Golden, CO
Joined Aug 27, 2003
122 points
Nov 21, 2012
The Mugen Tech 2.0 are super uncomfortable if even a hint of sun shines on the top of the shoe due to the thin black rubber that extends from over top of foot, they are good gym shoes though if you like that kind of thing. The Phoenix are a pretty good shoe for all day, and they aren't too bad for smearing and crack climbs. Don't own other MadRocks so no other opinions, although the "Flash 2.0" and "Drifter" models look like may be other options for what you are looking for. skeeter
From Lakewood CA
Joined Aug 15, 2012
12 points
Nov 21, 2012
The Phoenix is a terrible shoe for crack climbing. Fits great, but the leather is super-low quality. You'll wear through them in two days worth of climbing.

GO
GabeO
From New Haven, CT
Joined May 13, 2006
375 points
Nov 21, 2012
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tsuji wrote:
I've had a pair of the flashes and a pair of the black and white checkered ones that I got at a swap meet. They're not bad and the rubber seems to be better than Scarpa rubber. Since you have a coupon for a free pair why don't you just use it?



Same shoes for me...enjoyed all of them, but feel the sizing has always been a full size too small. Their website outlet store has old models of shoes for bargain prices all the time. Go for it.
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,133 points
Nov 25, 2012
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Awesome, thanks for the advice everyone. Quite helpful. Patrick Betts
Joined May 21, 2008
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