Updates to Mad Rock Flash 2018 

Mad Rock Flash 2018 designers went back to the drawing board to modernize some of the key aspects found in its predecessor--the Flash 2.0. It now comes with:

  • a snugger toe zone
  • sleeker profile
  • wider sticky patch at the toe zone

Mad Rock Flash 2018 brand logo generic

Who should buy the Mad Rock Flash 2018  

The Mad Rock Flash 2018 is crafted with a combination of medium stiffness and adequate flexibility to give senders a boost in maneuverability without sacrificing support. It is recommended for those who are: 

  • looking for a rock climbing shoe that is engineered specifically for bouldering. 
  • looking for a climbing-specific shoe that can be used in both indoors and outdoors. 

Mad Rock Flash 2018 brand logo

Flash 2018 from Mad Rock comes with a moderately-downturned profile

The Mad Rock Flash 2018 is a moderately downturned climbing shoe. Its middle-of-the-road downward camber delivers precision on edge-type footholds and enough forefoot-to-surface contact for smears. Moderate offerings like the Flash 2018 provide sufficient comfort for extended climbs.

Mad Rock Flash 2018 moderate downturn

Mad Rock’s Flash 2018 grants sufficient traction underfoot 

For surface traction underfoot, the Flash 2018 uses a company-exclusive outsole, called Science Friction 3.0. This sufficiently sticky layer is made of a rubber compound developed locally in the United States. Its thickness is three times that of its midsole at 4.2 mm.

Mad Rock Flash 2018 outsole

Mad Rock Flash 2018 supportive midsole

The supportiveness of the Flash 2018 mostly comes from its hard-wearing midsole. It is made entirely of polycarbonate and has a thickness of 1.4 mm.

Flash 2018’s hardwearing upper

Mad Rock Flash 2018 part-leather, part-mesh

To don the Mad Rock Flash 2018 means to be seen in its partly leather, partly synthetic (Syn Flex) main shell. It has a total of three pull loops for quicker on and off. 

Mad Rock Flash 2018 three pull tabs

Mad Rock designers imbued its lower perimeter with Science Friction R2—the brand’s very own randing tech—to make the shoe grippy enough around tricky features and projections.

Mad Rock Flash 2018 rubber heel rand

The Flash 2018’s Velcro closure comes with not one but two highly adjustable straps. Both straps are built with hook-and-loop fasteners. They are set through ladder-type buckles made beveled for easier adjustments.

Mad Rock Flash 2018 Velcro straps

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.4oz
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather, Synthetic
Last Shape: Asymmetric

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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.