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With full-on flexibility throughout the shoe and maximum sensitivity, the Lotus performs like a slipper, making it an excellent choice for steep terrain with small holds, competition climbing, and everything in between.
The Lotus is also an economical and comfortable choice for gym climbing. I will certainly be seen happily sporting the Lotus all winter in the gym.
We are impressed with these kicks, as they're hard to beat when it comes to price and overall performance.
[T]his thing is like a suction cup. It was almost difficult to get the shoe off of my heel because of how perfectly tight it fit.
-The Mad Rock Lotus is engineered for send enthusiasts who prefer to climb with an all-around kind of performance in a high-quality downturned shoe. Its medium rigidity and Dual Density Sole (DDS) help wearers perform edging maneuvers without sacrificing sensitivity.
-This rock climbing shoe is among Mad Rock’s selection of vegan-friendly kicks. A product considered vegan is crafted without the use of any animal substance.
Downturn. The Lotus is an aggressively downturned rock shoe. With its pointed toe zone, climbers can expect to mount on edges and similar projections with as much purchase and security as possible. Kicks with this amount of downward camber are primarily optimized for single-pitch ascents.
Applications. Sport routes and bouldering are the types of climbs for which the Mad Rock Lotus is built. Its utility favors overhanging terrain and vertical faces. It is both for indoor and outdoor use.
The Mad Rock Lotus is a below-the-ankle climbing shoe made specifically for the female crowd. It might have little in the way of stretch, thanks to its fully synthetic upper. Mad Rock engineers crafted it around a moderately curved (asymmetric) last, which means its interior has an inward bend. They also imbued the shoe with the Arch Flex system—a brand-exclusive technology that provides a snugger fit around the arch. Getting a personalized lockdown in it is courtesy of the Lotus’ Z strap system.
Midsole. The supportive midsole of the Mad Rock Lotus is made of polycarbonate. It has a concave design to help the shoe retain its downturned shape for longer.
Outsole. At the forefoot, the Lotus comes with the Science Friction 3.0 outsole. The rubber compound used in it is developed locally within the United States. It has a thickness of 3.8 mm. The shoe’s heel, on the other hand, is built with a climbing-grade rubber component called 3D Edge.
Enclosing the foot in the Mad Rock Lotus is a low-top synthetic upper, called Syn Flex. It has a pair of synthetic pull loops and a split tongue for an expedited on-and-off experience. Both its forefoot and heel sections are with enough randing (courtesy of Science Friction R2) for sufficient climbing grip on tricky surfaces. Over at its arch region is a similar grippy covering, which is part of the Arch Flex system.
The Z strap system completes the Lotus’ upper equation. It is made up of an adjustable strap engineered with Velcro (hook-and-loop) pads and a pair of beveled ladder-type buckles for joints.