Mad Rock Loco
Materials: nylon mesh uppers, welded rubber soles and rands
Use: steep sport routes or overhangs, in a gym
Break-in Period: still workin' on it
Price Paid: $72
i've had my Locos for about a month and I love them. I did not however think that when I first bought them. My other rock shoes were a 7 US, and I found that even a 9 in the Locos were really tight. After about two or three weeks of climbing in a gym and outside they started to loosen, but not much.
They're great for dime size edging and steep overhangs. If you do more than a small amount of slabbing stay away. They will eat your feet up if you're not careful. Great for short sport routes or in a gym. You'll be screamin' if you have a long multipitch route. So if you're pushing the numbers Locos are great...if you can get past the break-in period.
Break-in Period: I keep trying...
These shoes climb steep limestone like a spider, but will destroy your feet. After trying on several sizes at a shoe demo, I found my street size worked best. I am able to stand on the smallest of bumps as long as I can put up with the pain. For those pushing the grades, I recommend Locos. For rec climbers that stay closer to vertical, don't get 'em. Drawbacks are the break-in period is long and the velcro will delaminate from the backing in hot weather.
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On the rock, you must float like a butterfly and sting like a bee! Combining outrageous yet functional styling with a radically down-turned claw-like toe, the Loco allows you to aggressively tackle those burly steeps and overhangs. Semi-clear TPR rubber is directly welded to the cool and comfortable synthetic upper, allowing for maximum gripping ability. Perfect fit is achieved with an aggressive sling shot rand and triple die cut Velcro closure. These features combined with the X-Static anti-microbial lining will take you on new adventures into the vertical. Mad Rock calls it revolutionary evolution. SOLE: 3-D molded dual density, dual thickness, downturned concave Hooker sole, Mad Rubber Formula # 3 5 HEEL CUP: 3-D molded Hooker heel with descent tread, Mad Rubber Formula #3 RAND: 2.2mm Mad Rubber Formula #4. MIDSOLE: 1.5mm compressed fiber midsole UPPER: Vegan-friendly, high tenacity Synthahyde, TPR welded rubber upper CONSTRUCTION: Padded Cuff, padded lining with X-Static antimicrobial treatment, molded 3-D gusseted tongue ENTRY/CLOSURE: Dual external directional pull tabs, triple Loctite laminated, die-cut Velcro straps
On Sale. Free Shipping. Mad Rock Loco Shoe - Vegan (Fall 2006) What makes the Loco by Mad Rock ingenious Innovative styling and cutting edge construction. For maximum gripping ability, semi clear TPR rubber is directly welded to the cool and comfortable synthetic upper. Our radically downturned claw-like toe, and aggressive slingshot rand mold your foot into the optimum grabbing tool for those tricky toe or heel hooks. As for edging, the Loco is relentless. An editor's choice and the preferred shoe of competition climbers, the Loco will allow you to own the rock. Vegan friendly.Sole: 3-D molded dual density, dual thickness, downturned concave Hooker sole, Mad Rubber Formula # 3 & 5 Heel Cup: 3-D molded Hooker heel with descent tread, Mad Rubber Formula #3 Rand: 2.2mm Mad Rubber Formula #4 Midsole: 1.5mm compressed fiber midsole Upper: Vegan-friendly, high tenacity Synthahyde, TPR welded rubber upper Construction: Padded Cuff, padded lining with X-Static antimicrobial treatment, molded 3-D gusseted tongue Entry/Closure: Dual external directional pull tabs, triple Loctite laminated, die-cut hook and loop straps
Check the concave sole: Taking it to the next level (up, of course), Mad Rock optimized the Loco design for bouldering and attacking steep overhangs. The patented Hooker sole is engineered for clawlike grip and surgical precision. High-tenacity, breathable nylon mesh upper with semiclear rubber injection pattern welded on; basically, your whole foot is encircled with sticky rubber! 3-D molded dual-density sole, dual thickness; downturned concave Hooker sole with Mad Rubber Formula #3 and #5. 3-D molded Hooker heel cup with descent tread; Mad Rubber Formula #3; 2.0mm rand. Triple Loctite end hook-and-loop closures with two external directional pull tabs for efficient on/off. Padded cuff; padded lining with X-Static antimicrobial treatment fights odor; molded 3-D gusseted tongue. Slip-lasted; 1.5mm heat-molded polyester midsole.
Optimized for bouldering and steep overhangs these Climbing magazine Editor's Choice award-winning rock shoes will open up new untapped vistas. Durable, breathable nylon mesh uppers have injection-welded rubber mesh overlays for complete sticky coverage and grip. Padded polyester linings with X-static® silver fibers absorb moisture, dry quickly and inhibit bacterial growth to control odor. Slip-lasted construction offers rock sensitivity underfoot; generous toe box reduces pressure on the toes. Three-dimensional molded heel cup is shaped to eliminate slippage for better heel hooking capabilities; heel pull loops assist entry. Quick-adjust VELCRO® brand closures allow for easy entry and snug, glove-like fit--3-D molded neoprene-padded tongues enhance comfort. Dual-density 3-D Mad Rubber outsoles feature strong rims for edging and soft, thin centers for smearing. Storage bag included.