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 The M5 is technically retired but it's still sold online.The M5 is no longer produced by Mad Rock. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.

Mad Rock M5 Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock M5 Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock M5 Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock M5 Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock M5 Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock M5 Climbing Shoe


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With a little wider platform than the shark, the M5 is designed for both performance and comfort. We took a twist on our patented concave sole with this'll notice for the first time in Mad Rock history, the concave sole features our flat sole design for optimal overhanging grabbing, it also creates a sharper edge for standing on tiny holds and ledges. The Arch Flex ensures the glove like fit that you've come to expect from our performance shoes, and the new Torque Heel will enable you to exploit rock features like never before. The Power Upper covering the majority of the forefoot adds more than 30% of rubber to facilitate toe hooking and jamming. Great for Bouldering, Sport, Competition, Crack Climbing and the Gym.

Retail price

US$ 105.00

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Weight 238 g

Size 9 (US) single : 238 g / 8.4 oz
Size 9 (US) pair : 476 g / 16.8 oz
(we converted grams to ounces)

Closure Type Velcro
Gender Unisex
Volume High Wide
Sizing Information US sizes 3-13

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...

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Best Use (Highest Performance) Trad / Crack
Sport / Face
Asymmetry Low
Last Details Shape: Flat (comfort)
Construction: Slip Lasted
Upper Material ­Tek Flex
Midsole Material 1.8 mm AES-2 Polycarbonate
Sole Material 3.8 mm Science Friction 3.0, Concave / Flat
Rand: 2.2mm Science Friction R2
Footbed Lining


Arch Flex Technology

Arch Flex

By utilizing our 1.8mm R2 rand rubber, the Arch Flex system gives Mad Rock shoes an unbelievably comfortable and glove-like fit. The elastic property in our R2 formula hugs and locks your foot in to place without the pain associated with other high performance shoes.
Concave Sole Technology

Concave Sole

Mad Rock's innovative and patented Concave Sole allows climbers to utilize their feet as they would their hands. Concave soles are optimal for grabbing at holds while climbing on overhangs, and also help to create a sharper edge and better support for standing on tiny holds and edges.
Polycarbonate Midsole Technology

Polycarbonate Midsole

Our AES midsoles utilizes 3D molded polycarbonate material to maintain its shape throughout the life of the shoe. It also provides a predictable and consistent flex throughout its lifespan without sacrificing sensitivity. Due to its stiffness, we were able to incorporate this new midsole material in conjunction with our 3D molded rubber sole to increase performance and stability while minimizing the thickness of both. Our AES consists of 3 midsole shapes to control flex and edging.
Power Upper Technology

Power Upper

Combined with our new Science Friction3.0 rubber, our latest power upper design is by far the stickiest yet. Through the use of our new rubber impregnation technology, the power upper is thin, light, sensitive and ultra sticky.
Science Friction 3.0 Technology

Science Friction 3.0

Years after the launch of the first Mad Rock rubber formula, our new Science Friction 3.0 compound marks a special milestone for the Mad Rock brand. After exhaustive research and a new production process originating in the USA, our new formula has a distinctively different characteristic than our previous batches. More durable than any of our previous formulas, our new Science Friction 3.0 also boasts higher friction. This optimal balance is incorporated into our new mix by increasing the tear strength and the memory of the compound. Due to its unique characteristics and unparalleled performance, our new Science Friction 3.0 formula is used on all of our shoes components like the 3D Power Upper, 3D Hooking Heel, 3D Concave Sole as well as the soles in all of our rock shoes.
Science Friction R2 Technology

Science Friction R2

In addition to the new formula for the sole and components of our new 2011 line, the new Science Friction formula was also incorporated into our new rand rubber mix. Higher friction and durability for the rand rubber is a testament to our commitment to performance and improvement in our rock shoe line. Enhancing the elasticity of the rand rubber was also a priority when developing the new rand rubber. As our new Science Friction R2 has greater give without the loss of performance, our new models feel extremely comfortable and sensitive, giving you that glove-like fit.
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Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 4/5

The most unique thing about the M5 (Mugen 5) is that for the first time in Mad Rock history, their concave sole features a flat sole design. The flat sole gives it a more relaxed fit without the toes being "down-turned" like more aggressive concave designs. The concave aspect allows it to grab and hook onto steeper terrain like the down-turned designs while the flatness keeps the toes from being unnaturally bent. A custom molded mid-sole gives the right blend of rigidity and sensitivity. This design gives a fairly high amount of overall performance balanced with a relaxed and comfortable feel.

Evening Sends Gear Review no rating given just a review

As climbing shoes creep toward the $200 mark each and every year, the Mad Rock M5 is a refreshingly great do-it-all shoe that won’t break the bank. It has a high arch, medium-wide fit and a low-volume heel that leaves little dead space in the shoe, but remains comfortable throughout the day if sized properly. It’s slightly downturned toe will handle sport climbs, gym routes and boulder problems, but its stiffness lands it as an all-day, all-purpose shoe.

DPM Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

The M5 is a great all-around performer but it really shines in the comfort department. It pulls on easily and the polyester lined foot bed and cushy tongue add softness and eliminate hotspots. Size them tight for increased performance on high-angle sport climbs and boulders, or slightly bigger for all-day multi-pitch adventures or standing around between burns in the gym. The real draw for some, however, might be the price point. Retailing for just $105, the M5 might be the best bang-for-your-buck shoe on the market.