Verdict from 4 experts and 14 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Quite a number of Mad Rock Lotus reviews speak of the shoe’s great value for money.
  • Based on numerous reports, it is a remarkable tool where toe hooking is concerned.
  • This rock climbing shoe has a mighty adhesive outsole, say many of those who have bought it.
  • According to several patrons, the Lotus has excellent top-to-bottom sensitivity.
  • Some users deeply adore the comfiness of this Mad Rock piece.
  • Its performance on overhangs is beyond admirable, about a handful of testers claim.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A sender finds the Mad Rock Lotus climbing shoe a bit difficult to put on.
  • The shoe’s adjustable strap does not come undone completely, based on a review.
  • Its upper bleeds, according to a climber.

Bottom line

A nice piece of investment—is something many would say about the Lotus from Mad Rock. Indeed, the shoe in question is a justifiable purchase for being astonishingly grippy and sensitive. And this is without mention of its toe-hooking prowess yet.

That said, it might not give the best experience when it comes to on and off. Nevertheless, the Lotus has enough aces up its sleeve to impress many a climber.

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Good to know

-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.


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