Verdict from 3 experts and 6 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Many Mad Rock Lyra reviews speak of the shoe’s phenomenal surface traction.
  • Its hooking capabilities—toe and heel—are nothing short of fantastic, according to a decent number of wearers.
  • This rock climbing shoe from Mad Rock is a sight to behold, say several of those who have bought it.
  • Based on a handful of reports, the Lyra is an astonishingly affordable investment.
  • It is a remarkable rock shoe when it comes to arch support, a couple of testers claim.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers find the Mad Rock Lyra climbing shoe a bit too stiff.
  • Its back part could be a little less high, says someone who has climbed in the shoe numerous times.

Bottom line

On the surface adhesion front, the budget-friendly Mad Rock Lyra is likely to impress. It is also a convincing enough rock climbing shoe in terms of toe- and heel-hooking prowess and overall aesthetics.

The product in question, however, might disappoint patrons who dislike too much rigidity in their climbing footwear. Nevertheless, the Lyra is yet another Mad Rock achievement, thanks to its list of send-worthy pros and within-reach asking price.

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Good to know

-The Mad Rock Lyra is aimed at folks looking to complete projects in an all-around rock climbing shoe. It is crafted with the brand’s patented concave design, which promises to improve the sender’s edging ability. It is also built with as much stiffness as possible to give wearers enhanced mounting performance on practically every wall or rock feature.

-Present in this model are two Mad Rock technologies—Science Friction R2 and Science Friction 3.0. The former—Mad Rock’s own randing tech—grants traction around the upper, while the latter provides stickiness underfoot.

-The Lyra from Mad Rock is a vegan-friendly rock climbing shoe. This means that its components are devoid of any animal substance.

Downturn. This Mad Rock offering comes without a downward camber. As such, wearers can expect to climb in it with lasting comfort, ideal for multi-pitch ascents. Kicks under the downturn-less (a.k.a neutral) category are also known to provide extra support.

Applications. The Lyra is designed for both bouldering and sport climbing. It can be used both indoors and outdoors. It has the necessary components to help climbers scale cracks (fissures) in comfort and safety.

Mad Rock’s Lyra is a low-top shoe engineered specifically for the female climber. It comes with a moderately asymmetric interior, which will more or less force the foot to bend inward. In the area of stretch, owners might get only a little from it, if not none at all. The snugness around its medial section is courtesy of the Arch Flex system. Its Velcro-type closure, on the other hand, provides a personalized fit.

Midsole. This neutral rock shoe is sufficiently supportive underfoot thanks to its 1.8-mm thick midsole. It is a component made entirely of polyester. Sitting right on top of it is the shoe’s plush footbed, which is made of polyester mesh.

Outsole. With the Science Friction 3.0 outsole, gaining a secure foothold in the Mad Rock Lyra is possible. This company-owned component is 3.8 mm thick. It is made of a rubber compound that is formulated and manufactured within the U.S. Its designers paired it with the 3D-molded Torque heel for even more sticking power.

The Lyra envelops the foot in its below-the-ankle Syn Flex (synthetic) upper. On and off is made relatively easy with its pair of heel pull tabs. For added comfort, Mad Rock engineers gave it a padded tongue made of polyester. They also imbued it with the Science Friction R2 and Power Upper rubber toe patch for multi-directional traction.

Completing the Mad Rock Lyra’s upper equation is the climbing shoe’s Velcro strapping system. It consists of a pair of adjustable straps, both of which are engineered with hook-and-loop fasteners.


How Mad Rock Lyra ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 12% neutral climbing shoes
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Bottom 9% Mad Rock climbing shoes
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Bottom 3% indoor climbing shoes
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