Review by: The_Arete, 2007-02-28
New Mugen... where to start... I opened that package, and that new shoe smell flooded my senses... never get tired of it.
Then comes the sight... the look, rad in design, and sure to catch a few glances even if it looks as if someone on LSD designed it. Bright White, with it's red logo, strikes you like a hammer. The Ergonomics of it, are definitely different than your average shoe, with the new heel design, and slightly more pointed toe.
The dual density sole is a godsend in my case, the tight, lip makes for great stability on Jibs and on cracks, and the softer inside still gives you some feel of the rock. Velcro stay's on like pro, and doesn't rub off on the wall or rocks, and the mid section of the shoe with it's overlapping design will fit anyone's top foot.
That said, the toe and heel take getting used to. These shoes are smaller than most you've climbed in by about a half a size. I'd Try them on before buying to make sure you've got the right size. Smearing is a little hard in these suckers though.
Overall, the rubber sticks very well, albeit it comes off on the wall a little easier than I would of liked.
If you want style and flair, you've got it (fashion hippies), performance is par with most other shoes, and the innovations of the dual Rand, heel hook, DDS, lined inside... are either a love 'em or hate 'em.
Personally I think they are worth every buck.