Review by: mrdeadpt, 2008-01-09
I have to weigh-in on this shoe. First, let me say two things: One: I love the Mad Rock "Flash" and will soon be buying a third pair. Two: I bought the new Mugen on-sale at EMS for $50 over a year ago. Don't like it! Whereas the first Flash's I wore impressed me with their sensitivity--and, in short order, with their comfort--the new Mugen is "clumsy" and rather uncomfortable--resisting break-in, thanks to it's lining. (By contrast, wear a properly fitted pair of un-lined Flashes for one outing and they will mold themselves to your feet.) The dual-density sole has "fuzzed" on the inside edge making for somewhat-decreased edging precision over time. Also, the heel-cup is more shallow than the Flash, giving a less-secure feel when heel-hooking. Trust me--there are reasons why you rarely see the "clown-shoe"-cosmetics of these shoes on the pro's in the climbing mags--or at your local crag.