Here's what other sites are saying:
Calling this an approach shoe almost connotes that it isnt all that good of a climbing shoe.
- GearX.com refers to the men's version
More than an approacher and not quite a climbing shoe, the Mad Rock Men's Fanatic Approach Shoe is capable of the thigh-busting approach, the all-day mutli-pitch route, and the exhausted hike back to camp. A reinforced toe cap and sturdy platform make for secure edging and jamming, while the arch is cut away to accommodate etriers on marathon aid pitches. Locdown lacing comfortably secures your foot when the terrain gets technical, and super-sticky Mad Rubber grips granite slabs and wet trails with ease.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
The Fanatic by Mad Rock is the performance hybrid that doesn't compromise in any area. It combines the comfort and support of our technical approach shoes with the patented Mad Rock climbing shoe features. The Fanatic is sturdy and unbeatable for edging on the big wall while the power upper toe cap ensures that your toe jams will stay put in those offwidths. The arch is also cut slightly away to accommodate etriers. Supa Suede leather construction with a padded polyurethane midsole teams up with our unique offset Locdown lacing system for a quick fit that keeps you comfortable all day. Sticky #5 Mad Rubber makes up the molded textured sole and that adds up to unfailing traction on any terrain in any condition. The after-climb shoe of choice for competition climbers. Details Sole: Mad logo tread, Mad Rubber Formula #5 Rand: 2.2mm Mad Rubber Formula #4 Midsole: 3-D Molded EVA Upper: Power upper, 2.0mm SupaSuede Construction: SupaSuede leather upper, double stitched, Padded heel cuff, 2.0mm brushed polyester foam sandwich lining, carabiner clip-in heel loop Entry/Closure: Offset asymmetric speed lace, Lockdown lacing system
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version