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Mad Rock Flash Review

   

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Overall avg rating 4.2 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: May 8, 2013
Street Price:   $55 | Compare prices at 1 resellers
Pros:  Good edging, great value, sticky rubber.
Cons:  Wears our pretty fast.
Best Uses:  Gym climbing, sport climbing, bouldering.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Mad Rock
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ May 8, 2013  
Overview
This was the winner of our Best Buy award from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, it got upgraded to the Mad Rock Flash 2.0 which is our new best buy winner.

Below is the review of the original Mad Rock Flash
It is about the cheapest shoe you can find and still performs solidly. It has a pointy toe design similar to the Five Ten Anasazi VCS. Mad Rock's custom "ribbed for your hooking pleasure" type heel design give you extra grip on certain heel hook moves (we don't heel hook much and don't notice it).

We like how beefy feeling the Velcro closure feels. It is coated in rubber and feels solid when you latch the shoes on. The inside tongue lining is made of a unique neoprene-like material. Overall, we find the Anasazi VCS is more precise on the small edges and the rubber lasts longer. The Flash rubber is very sticky, but seems to wear out faster than other rock shoes. We feel it is more precise on small edges than the similarly priced Evolv Defy. We have been impressed with the Flash, especially for the price. These are great for the gyms, sport climbing, and bouldering. This is a great first climbing shoe but we climb with it on El Cap and love it. We used to mostly use the Five Ten Moccasym as our comfort/gym/multi-pitch shoe. But we switched to the Flash because of how much performance it gives in an inexpensive package. If you want a similar shoe with laces, there is the Mad Rock Phoenix.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Likes
This shoe is incredibly precise for is price. Most other shoes that edge better cost nearly double. It is comfortable and a great all-around shoe. Fit 'em tight for hard projects or get 'em a half size bigger if you want a shoe for all-day comfort. The asymetrical toe shape gets in little pockets and small edges.

The rubber is very soft and sticky. It smears superbly whether on a slab or pasting your foot on a distant roof sloper.

Dislikes
These seem to wear out faster than other shoes. The rubber is very soft and tacky but also seems to go fast.

Value
This is one of the best values in climbing shoes and gets our Best Buy award. It is half the cost of most shoes that score better. For $150, you can get two pair: a tiny pair for hard sends and sport climbing and a loose pair for multi-pitch climbs and comfort.

Chris McNamara and Chris Summit

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Most recent review: May 8, 2013
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100% of 2 reviewers recommend it
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3 Total Ratings
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4 star: 67%  (2)
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   May 2, 2010 - 03:00pm
aldude · Climber · Monument Manor
May 1, 2010 - 11:33am PT
Hi Chris……yes I climbed a fair bit in these puppies. You can't beat the price and they are quite comfortable. The Flash performs admirably right out of the box and although the rubber is a little soft there is no break in period. The faux leather uppers have minimal stretch but will become slightly baggy over time - but hey, for this price you can easily afford to replace them. Probably not for top end sends but great for an all


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Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   May 1, 2010 - 03:44pm
euro-brief-guy · Climber · Auburn, ca
Great shoe. Awesome price to performance ratio.

Back in the day I wore anasazis exclusively…for many years. I found the flashes and they're 99% what the anasazis were AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE!! Whenever I find them in my size I buy a couple of pairs.

One drawback is how quickly they wear out….but so did the anasazis. Though I haven't resoled the flashes I'm sure they take a resole better that the anasazis.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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