Designed like the Redpoint to offer the perfect balance of comfort and performance, the Rockmaster features a lace closure for a more precise fit. The Rockmaster is the ideal all-around lace-up shoe when you need multi-pitch comfort and talon-like grip. The descent tread gives some added security for those steep walk-offs and descents.
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US sizes 3-11.5|
A male climber with size 10 foot who prefers a very tight, high performance fit would select size 9.5. A female climber with a size 6.5 foot who prefers a tight, performance fit would select shoe size 5.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Trad / Crack
|Last Details|| Shape: Arched (technical)|
If you value price tag as much as performance, then look no further. The Rock Master is by far the least expensive shoe in the review, and it climbs quite well. A flat, symmetric last, unlined leather uppers, and mid-volume design make this a comfortable kick for all-day use. The laces extend to the toe and effectively tweak the fit to eliminate bagginess and pressure points. The 4.2mm X-Factor rubber feels hard but sticky. The blunt toe and solid edging platform feel clunky on many small holds, but one tester discovered that the shoe front-points effectively on micros. With a high rand and medium toe profile, this shoe jams well, especially on thin-hands and wider cracks. The heel is ribbed, and the ribbed rear sole improves traction on descent trails.