|Use:||All around, Bouldering, Crack, Sport, Trad|
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88 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
They look good, and I feel cool wearing them.
There we go—great-looking shoe.
Ignore the jargon about midsoles, rands, and asymmetry here—if you’re looking for an inexpensive shoe to take out for your first times on the wall, it’s a fine choice.
It’s not a star performer or the most comfortable, but the Drifter is strong enough in all categories to merit a decent score.
These are not high-performance shoes that will improve your climbing just by slipping them on, but someone with strong feet could do just about anything in them.
Slightly less durable than other shoes on the market, the Drifter may wear quickly, especially if used outdoors. But you really cannot go wrong at this price point.
-The Mad Rock Drifter is built with the climber’s versatile (all-around) performance in mind. Its medium stiffness and comfort fit construction make ascents as pleasant and reassuring as possible.
-This rock climbing shoe is imbued with a pair of technologies exclusive to Mad Rock—Science Friction R2 and Science Friction 3.0. These two components provide sufficient forefoot traction and underfoot slip resistance, respectively.
Downturn. The Drifter is one of Mad Rock’s neutral climbing shoes. Since it is practically a downturn-less piece of footwear, it is ideal for climbs where smearing is hugely required. Neutral rock climbing shoes are designed for multi-pitch projects.
Applications. Sport routes, bouldering, and trad are the types of climbs for which the beginner-friendly Mad Rock Drifter is built. Its set of components grants climbing competency in slots and cracks. It is for both indoor and outdoor use.
Mad Rock’s Drifter is a low-cut shoe engineered especially for male climbers. The foot is expected to contort inward in it as its interior has a slight asymmetry or curve. With time and regular use, its leather upper will stretch. Mad Rock engineers gave the shoe a 3D-molded rearfoot reinforcement for a more intimate fit around the heel. The Drifter’s two-strap closure provides lockdown personalization.
Midsole. A 1.8-mm thick midsole is what gives users improved support in the Drifter. It is made of polyester, a synthetic material characterized by lightness, lasting durability, and abrasion resistance.
Outsole. The Drifter from Mad Rock grants its wearers ample slip and skid resistance with its Science Friction 3.0 outsole. Its overall thickness is 3.8 mm. This sticky rubber component is exclusively produced in the United States.
The Mad Rock Drifter climbing shoe encloses the foot in its full-grain leather upper. It comes built with a liner made of polyester. Access to and from its plush confines is a relatively swift affair thanks to the shoe’s duo of synthetic pull loops. Covering its bottom section (midfoot + forefoot) for improved climbing security is the Science Friction R2 rubber rand. Its heel zone also comes with the same reinforcement for extra rearfoot support and heel-hooking friction.
Rounding out all things upper in the Mad Rock Drifter is the gear’s Velcro closure. It uses two adjustable hook-and-loop straps to rein in the foot and keep it in place.