The Flash goes on quick, with minimal futzing to line up the flaps that make up the tongue of the shoe. They are the first rock shoes to feature a Shock Gel heel, a feature designed to provide impact protection should you come off the rock. It was hard to assess how well the extra padding worked, but at a minimum, the cushioned heel, combined with the roomy fit, makes the shoe eminently wearable on and off the rock.
In line with Mad Rock philosophy, the Flash is affordable and durable, leaving you with enough money for important things like eating and buying PBR. Which, of course, wins it our Best Buy award. Of the budget shoes reviewed, this is by far the superior shoe. This shoe would be appropriate for beginners and experienced climbers alike, offering decent climbing ability, and comfort.