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Mad Rock Shark 2.0

photo: Mad Rock Shark 2.0 climbing shoe

Sleeker than their other shoes, the Shark 2.0 has softer rubber is great for both bouldering and sport climbing on plastic and most outdoor rock with the exception very thin edges on granite.


  • Suctioned heel
  • Foot-conforming
  • Aggressive downturn
  • Comfortable for long sessions


  • Shoe can be hard to put on
  • Toebox takes some getting used to
  • Aggressiveness lost with standing and heat
  • Too soft for long stances on the tiniest feet

Softer than their other shoes, but stiffer than the new FiveTen Team X. The Shark 2 heel suctions in hard and performs great on all types of heel hooks, especially because the ridge bits hard when rocking up, over and into a move.

The arch is intended to pull up more than most shoes, but the arch rubber is too soft to be fully effective in bringing up tension. The extra bit of space in the arch for women is a problem, and a women's version of the Shark 2.0 is apparently in the works. I'm excited to see it come out next year!

Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (Keep it)

The author of this review is the Team Manager at Mad Rock Climbing.

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The Shark 2.0 replaced the Mad Rock Shark.


Price Current Retail: $128.95-$129.00
Historic Range: $43.97-$129.00
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