Collecting every piece of gear takes a little time.
We think it's worth the wait.

Nice choice!
Give us a moment to collect those options for you.

 The Drone HV is technically retired but it's still sold online. You've found a page of history! The Drone HV 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 Drone HV Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock Drone HV Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock Drone HV Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock Drone HV Climbing Shoe
  • Mad Rock Drone HV Climbing Shoe

Drone HV


My vote: None ( 5 avg )


Top performance meets comfort. Introducing the all new Drone; available in two different volumes, allowing for a precise fit for any climber.

High performance climbing shoes don't have to hurt. With the Drone being available in both High Volume and Low Volume models you can really fine tune the length and volume you want out of your high performance climbing shoes. Constructed around a completely ground-up last design using high performance stretchy materials, you'll be hard pressed to find such a high performer that feels this good. You'll also appreciate the new Expandable Edge Heel design that will be sure to fit most heel shapes and sizes.

  • A full midsole that connects to the 3D molded heel transfers power all the way from the tip of the toe to the back of the heel.
  • Super sticky climbing grade rubber is used for maximum toe hooking power.
  • 3D molded expandable heel design allows for a better fit with a wider range of heel shapes.
  • Breathable and stretchy tongue to give you that snug but comfortable fit.
  • Thin and stretchy R2 rand rubber is used to get rid of the dead space most climbing shoes have in the arch area.

Retail price

US$ 139.00

When you click a link below and then checkout online, no matter what you buy (climbing gear or not), we get a small commission that helps us keep this site up-to-date. Thanks!

Weight 476 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
Sizing Information US Men 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.

Image icon Madrock_Shoe_Size_Chart.JPG
Best Use (Highest Performance) Trad / Crack
Sport / Face
Asymmetry Aggressive
Last Details Shape: Downturned (performance)
Upper Material ­Syn Flex
Midsole Material 1.8 mm Concave
Sole Material 4.2 mm Science Friction 3.0, Concave
Rand: 2.4mm R2
Footbed Lining

Syn Flex

3D Molded Heel Technology

3D Molded Heel

Introducing, the best hooking heel ever created. With help from our team of athletes around the world, we've designed a heel cup that will hook, smear, jam, or lock better than any other heel design out there. Our new 3D Molded Heel Cup features grooves to improve hooking ability and ensures that your heel won't pop off of your project. As with any of our other features, we never skimp on materials by manufacturing with non-climbing grade rubber.
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.
Other Shoe Versions male female

No reviews yet.

Blister Gear Review no rating given just a review

After spending a lot of time climbing in it, I’ve come to really love the Mad Rock Drone, and think it’s a great option for technical bouldering. It allows for precise footwork and secure heel hooking on tricky problems, though it doesn’t heel-hook quite as well on very flat surfaces compared to shoes with more traditional heels. In both indoor competition climbing and outdoor bouldering, the Drone HV has excelled.

Since I first tried on the Drone HV, they’ve been quite comfortable for such a high-performance shoe, and have excelled on a wide variety of boulder problems. If you’re looking for a shoe for long, slabby or vertical sport and trad routes, the Drone is not the best choice. But for many boulderers and sport climbers looking for an aggressive, precise shoe, the Drone is an excellent option.

Drone HV Shoe
Drone HV Review
Drone HV Review