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Mad Rock Demon

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Mad Rock Demon climbing shoe

This is an amazing shoe! For the price you can't beat it with a stick. Comfortable, aggressive, breathable, and sticky, what else can you ask for.


  • Price
  • Durability
  • Aggressive
  • Fit


  • Down turn can vary between orders
  • velcro straps can be long on some feet sizes

The fit of the Mad Rock Demons is customizable by the three velcro strap system. When first purchased they are tight like most rock climbing shoe but these don't stretch out as much as some aggressive climbing shoes do. The aggressive down turned shoe fits most arch types but I'd be weary if I had a flat foot. 

Personally, I have a skinny foot but knowing a few friends that have the same shoe who have medium to large feet, we have all agreed that the fit molds to your foot. When it come to comfort, it seems all climbing shoes are stiff when first out of the package, but the Mad Rock Demons only took a couple good days of climbing to break in.  With an added benefit of no pressure points, chaffing, or tightness around the ankle, this shoe is easy to break in. 

The rubber is amazing!  Sticky, clean, soft enough to dig in on the tiniest crystal but tough enough to last, including a heel cap with specific ridges for heel hooks, the Mad Rock Demons are top notch.  They do have specifically designed ridges on the top toe cap for toe hooks but I have noticed some hindrances on specific problems. 

I have been climbing in the Demons for four months now and have little complaints.  I will be very specific in my complaints.


  1. Inconsistent in toe aggressiveness. Ee. one friend to two shoes with one being very aggressive and the other aggressive nut different from the other.
  2. Got a couple of gashes while loosing an edge on granite.
  3. Top toe cap ridges can impede some toe hooks.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: pro rated $64

i love shoes that are soft and not down turned at all. then this version of the demon comes out and destroys my world! at first glance i was already forming opinions about it. "another aggressive shoe that will just sit in my bag and only be used 1 or 2 times and then put back in the bag till the next climbing trip."

when i slid them on and i heard the suction cup sound when my heel slid into place.. in my head all i hear is "crap, i'm going to like them"

first off the rubber is slightly softer then the first version of the demon. the power upper combined with the sole of the shoe forces your toes in optimal position. no more are the days of your toes curling up into a little ball at the front of your foot causing agonizing pain when you step on small or large feet.

the velcro straps keep your foot firmly in place and your foot doesn't shift around.

the heel its pretty nice. it may be different for you but when my heel locked in place it didn't move at all. so far the heel hasn't begun to peel off my foot while climbing in pulling myself in with heel hooks.

Price Paid: $100

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Price MSRP: $123.00
Historic Range: $51.58-$76.93
Reviewers Paid: $64.00-$100.00
Weight 240 g (Size 9)
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