First Look Gear Review
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Pros: Fairly comfortable, nice heel for hooking, good toe hook rubber
Cons: Loose fitting toe box but oddly snug in the rest of the shoe
Best Uses: Bouldering, sport climbing, gym climbing and competitions.
With a bit wider platform than the Mad Rock Shark 2.0, the M5 is designed for both performance and comfort. The overall design is very similar to the popular La Sportiva Solution but further testing is needed to see if it performs as well. This is just our First Look Review so we will see how it stands after all of our testing is complete and we make our final Hands On Review.
What makes this shoe stand apart, at least as far as Mad Rock shoes, is for the first time in Mad Rock history, their concave sole features a flat sole design. The flat sole creates a sharper edge for steep climbing and standing on smaller footholds while offering a more relaxed foot-bed. This shoe was pretty comfortable even out of the box. The Arch Flex shape and well formed heel all make for a glove like fit and solid heel hooks. The top of the toe also has a piece of rubber that is good for toe hooking. Our only minor concern so far is a slightly loose fitting toe box compared to the rest of the shoe that has more of a snug fit. Time will tell if the rest of the shoe breaks in and evens out or if the toe box breaks in at the same rate and possibly gets too loose.
After only a few bouldering sessions outdoors and in, we think, for the most part it is doing what it is made to do, perform with comfort. Stay tuned for the full review coming soon..
— Chris Summit
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Most recent review: February 8, 2014
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