This version of the Flash 2.0 is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Flash 2.0 is no longer produced by Mad Rock and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.
Mad Rock's iconic Flash has finally gotten a total redesign. The Flash's blend of comfort, durability, and performance has lead to its embrace by multitude of climbers. Over the years, the flash has been the subject of raving reviews and has won many accolades. So what could we do to make it even better? By mixing this time tested classic with our science proven innovations. The tradition leather upper has been combined with Synflex, a synthetic stretch material, to offer performance while maintaining a consistent plush fit. We've redesigned the 3D molded heel to maximize friction. The Flash 2.0 will also be the first climbing shoe on the market to incorporate Shock Gel to reduce the impact force on the heel. A everlasting poly-carbonate midsole give the Flash 2.0 a consistent and predictable flex through out the life of the shoe.
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|Weight|| 230 g|
Size 9 (US) single : 230 g / 8.1 oz
US sizes Men 3-13, 14, 15|
Your "fit" should be determined by the type of climbing that you intend doing, combined with your experience level. Remember that leather upper shoes are likely to stretch over time (mostly in lateral width), while lined and synthetic upper shoes are not likely to stretch much at all...
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||All-around|
|Last Details|| Shape: Flat (comfort)|
Construction: Slip Lasted
|Upper Material||SynFlex (a proprietary synthetic stretchy material)|
|Midsole Material||1.8 mm Polycarbonate|
|Sole Material|| 3.8 mm Science Friction 3.0, Flat sole|
Rand: 2.2mm Science Friction R2
|Footbed Lining|| |
Science Friction 3.0
Science Friction R2
This video shows where and how the Flash 2.0 shoes are made.
I got the shoes at the end of last year. Immediately I liked the colour. I’m a ginger, it spoke to me. I was skeptical that they would be any good but it was going into competition season and I figured I would start in the gym and see how they go. They went fantastic. Sensation in the toe box was excellent. I could feel all the little bumps of the foot chips I stood on and when I smeared on nothing the rubber bit down and the shoe didn’t twist on my foot. I was very impressed so I took them out to the crag and tried them on my project, which needed one soft shoe, a scummy drop knee push and one hard shoe for a tiny chip that you tippy toe off of. They worked great. It was at this point that I made them my go-to shoes for the Boulder Leagues. So in the six months I have had the shoes they have held up against 8-10 hours training a week, 2 nights a week of Boulder League and at least 1 crag day a weekend. They are starting to look a little used now but have held up amazingly well.
The bottom line is that the highly innovative folks at Mad Rock have come up with a solid shoe that doesn't require multiple trips to the blood bank to afford. They are a great shoe for cruising through the lower grades in comfort, putting in an all-day effort at the gym, or pulling on some moderate boulder problems. The price point and comfort level also makes them a great option for beginners who are not wanting to invest a ton of money in a hobby that they are unsure they will really get into.
The original Flash was Mad Rock’s price-point, all-around shoe. And at $60, it’s a bargain price for a decent kick. Now, there’s also the Flash 2.0, a comfy Velcro designed for more performance and a unique padded heel. A new synthetic/leather upper maintains fit better than the pure leather of the original Flash, and with a flat, slightly asymmetric last and average width, the Flash 2.0 is comfortable for most feet. Mad Rock’s Shock Gel insert in the heel reduces soreness from bouldering falls, descents, and multi-pitch belays. And while it doesn’t excel at any climbing style, the new Flash does a decent job at everything.