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Mad Rock Flash

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Probably the best value-for-money do-it-all climbing shoe available in South Africa! If you want the impossible (one shoe to rule the world), the FLASH is definitely up there on the leaderboard.

Read: Our views on climbing shoes functionality to help understand why we say the Madrock Flash is the best allround shoe. Good for your first or second pair of shoes ever, and good enough for seasoned pro's looking for a technical shoe that's not to aggressive for excellent performance on face, vert and the steep.

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Rock climbing, generally, demands that the primary point of foot contact is beneath the big-toe area. The more movement that can be removed from the toes (as an appendage), the more stable the power transfer is, because you are now trying to support your body weight on a very small surface area. To do this, climbing shoes try to 'scrunch' your toes / foot - forcing direct power through the bones and deliberately limiting joint movement.

A secondary goal is to attempt to mould the shoe - like a glove - with the aim of limiting the shoe twisting around your foot (there's no use in having sticky rubber on the foothold, but your foot just spins inside the shoe).

The third objective is the continual compromise - compromising between providing a platform and soft sensitivity. You can't have both. A rigid platform is inherently easier to stand on/in, but removes the ability of the sole to mould around a feature/grip as well as removing sensitivity expressly because it is taking a lot of the workload.

All these things contribute to better performance.

When you start out climbing, your toes are unaccustomed to the confines of scrunched toe-boxes, AND your foot muscles are weak, your foot having spent it's entire life flat on the ground, and is, thus, not yet strong enough across the arch and ball, to cope with the small surface area now being expected to support your weight. As you climb more, and your feet get progressively stronger, your footwork will want to feel more of the rock as well as have more flexible options, literally. If the foot-grip is sloping or curved, the shoe needs to bend and mold to that shape, and to do this needs to be less rigid. But rigidity requires less strength, so sacrificing rigidity needs to happen alongside stronger foot muscles. Conveniently, the types of foot grips most commonly found on the types of routes and problems in your early climbing days will tend to be bigger, flatter and more angular. As you progress through the grades, the foot grips will become less pronounced and require more sensitive shoes. Style also plays a part. Vertical routes tend to require flatter, stiffer shoes while the more the route overhangs the more down-turned of a shoe is beneficial. Similar rigid trade-offs are found here too - the weaker you are, the more a stiff shoe will help you. It is important to understand that this is ALL relative to the individual. There is no such thing as "easy routes" - only easy routes in comparison to something harder FOR YOU! IE a 9A climber can still be "weak" *and require a specific shoe to aid them)...it's just relative to what is considered "hard" to them / you.

Technical, precise, sensitive with a split-moulded heel cup which can expand to accomodate wider heels and a last that is not too unpleasant for new climbers yet snug enough with an asymetry that will please those who've climbed around a few blocks too. for those with a keen eye, the FLASH's similarity to the 5.10 Anasazi is not coincidental, and more than just eye-deep...but made with Mad Rock's focus on affordability.

One of the best selling models of all time is back for 2018. With modern stretch materials for the upper to maximize comfort and performance, the Flash is back with an even better feel. The 3D heel has been updated to flex and fit most heel shapes due to it’s thin construction. Loyalist will instantly recognize the feel and appreciate the upgrades this model has been given.

Specs

  • Stiffness: Soft/Medium
  • Upper Material: Syn Flex, Leather
  • Closure: Hook-and-loop
  • Rubber: Science Friction 3.0, [rand] Science Friction R2
  • Midsole: 1.4mm polycarbonate midsole
  • Profile: Performance
  • Asymmetrical Curvature: Moderate