5 users: 4.8 / 5
1 experts: 100 / 100
Weight: Men 240g
Base model: Mad Rock Drone HV
Closure: Velcro
Downturn: Aggressive

Verdict from 7.8 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • Nearly 50% of Mad Rock Drone LV reviews speak of the shoe’s amazing surface grip.
  • This offering smears well for an aggressive climbing shoe, according to a user.
  • Based on a report, the Drone’s level of sensitivity is pretty impressive.
  • An owner finds this Mad Rock piece astonishingly comfortable.
  • Edging is one of the shoe’s strongest suits, claims someone who has climbed in it quite a number of times.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Drone LV’s asking price might come as a shock for some budget-conscious folks.
  • It stretches too much, says a wearer who has bought the shoe.

Bottom line

Climb fans greatly needing a shoe that clings superbly to most types of surfaces can pretty much bank on the Drone LV. Those desperate for a super-sensitive smearing genius with tons of comfort can also rely on this Mad Rock product.

All that goodness, however, may only be experienced past its rather demanding price tag. Nonetheless, the Drone LV is nothing short of excellent, what with its short-but-sweet list of climb-worthy traits.

Tip: see the best climbing shoes.

Expert reviews:

-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 climbs in short bursts.

Applications. Bouldering and sport 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.

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 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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How Drone LV compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 91
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This shoe: £130
All shoes average: £160
£70 £210
This shoe: 240g
All shoes average: 231g
150g 328g