Who should buy the Mad Rock Drone LV

The Mad Rock Drone LV might benefit you if:

  • You are looking for a shoe grippy enough to prevent slips and falls.
  • A climbing companion that could adequately hold narrow rock edges is what you prefer.

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Who should not buy the Mad Rock Drone LV

The Mad Rock Drone LV might not be ideal for Climbers on a tight budget. Its price tag might come as a shock for budget-conscious wearers. Also, folks who prefer a climbing companion that offers a skin-like hug might not like its stretchability. They may have a look at some of the best climbing shoes instead. 

Mad Rock Drone LV's notable features

The Mad Rock Drone LV, the low-volume counterpart of the Drone HV, is built for edging precision, thanks to its medium stiffness and sufficiently pointed toe zone. The breathable construction of its stretchy tongue promises an airy kind of comfort.

It comes with two brand-exclusive technologies: Science Friction 3.0 and Science Friction R2. The former is the Drone LV’s grippy outsole, while the latter is the shoe’s sticky rand.

This Mad Rock climbing shoe is a vegan-friendly product. This means that all of its components are free of any animal substance.


Downturn. The Drone LV by Mad Rock comes with an acutely downward camber. Climbers can tiptoe with it on edge-type projections with enough purchase and security. Comfort-wise, kicks of this type are ideal for single-pitch ascents or climbing in short bursts.

Applications. Bouldering and sports routes are the types of climbs for which the Drone LV is designed. It can be used to scale steep overhangs, whether indoors or outdoors.

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Fit and more

Mad Rock’s Drone LV is a below-the-ankle rock climbing shoe for men. Its low-volume construction leaves it with a smaller-than-usual heel zone and a narrow toe space. It has a highly asymmetric build, which will force the foot to lie bent (inward) within its confines. This purely synthetic shoe might stretch a little with use.

Its engineers built it with a pair of fit-specific technologies: Arch Flex and an expandable heel. The former adds extra snugness and support around the arch. The latter, on the other hand, promotes fit versatility within the shoe’s heel cup.

The Drone LV’s hook-and-loop closure provides lockdown security. The strap may be attached to either of its two attach points for fit personalization.


Midsole. The Mad Rock Drone LV’s provision of support comes mainly from its polyester midsole. 1.8 mm is its overall thickness.

Outsole. Mad Rock engineers furnished the Drone LV with the Science Friction 3.0 rubber outsole for multi-directional traction. It comes at a thickness of 4.2 mm.


The low-cut upper of the Drone LV is called Syn Flex—an enclosure made primarily of microfiber. Three synthetic pull tabs are stitched securely around its opening for easy on and off. Both sides of its lower perimeter are amply randed (courtesy of Science Friction R2), giving users a lateral smearing grip. The shoe’s front end comes built with a rubber patch, which provides climbing security where toe hooks and similar maneuvers are required. Its fit management system is comprised of a highly adjustable Velcro strap and two-loop pads (a.k.a attach points).

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.5oz
Construction: Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic
Last Shape: Asymmetric

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.