Mad Rock ConTact
Price Paid: $80
awesome all around shoe for me.
i have a high volume foot (wide foot) and the shoe fits snug with no gaps in the front of the shoe near the toe box and in the heel.
the power upper portion of it provides the comfort i want and i don't have to take the shoe off after each problem attempt/send. the best way to describe it would be it's the most comfortable..uncomfortable shoe i've worn. if that makes any sense to you.
edging is nice and the rubber is super soft which give me the sensitivity i like so much.
the only thing that leaves me wanting is the Velcro strap near the top of the shoe. it does the trick but i feel like i want something more substantial there.
Materials: Stickiest Rock Shoe Rubber
Use: climbing, sport climbing, bouldering, crack climbing
Break-in Period: No break in required.
Weight: n/a, very light
I am impressed with the performance of this shoe. At first I was skeptical about the dual density rubber on the sole, but I have come to realize the benefits of this technology not only face climbing, but in cracks. The shoe is very sensitive like a slipper should be and manages to be precise at the same time due to the aggressive toe configuration.
I would recommend this shoe for sport climbing and bouldering with a tight fit and as an all-arounder with a snug fit. Try the ConTact. You won't be disappointed.
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The third member of Mad Rock's Con Series of shoes, the Con-tact is for climbers who prefer a highly sensitive rock shoe, or a softer shoe for training. With its construction and pronounced concave Dual Density Sole, The Con-tact excels in friction climbing, and the removable Power Strap offers a slipper fit with a step-in/ lace-up's performance for things like heel hooking.
- Mountain Hideaway
The Mad Rock Con-Tact Climbing Shoes use a unique hook-and-loop-secured webbing lace system to lock your feet in place and help you take full advantage of the other unique features. While most shoes are content to put their soles on the bottom, the Con-Tact extended the Science Friction 2.2 rubber over the top to increase performance on steep, desperate toe hooking and in cracks.