Rock Shoes: Madrock Shogun
£69.00 | Lace Up | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 498g | high asymmetry
An interesting feature of these shoes from Mammut is the collection of ridges under the mid-sole and heel. Whilst we can see the purpose in putting ridges on the heel – and they work very well indeed when hooking – we don’t see the point in continuing them down onto the sole of the shoe - other than to provide purchse when descending steep muddy ground. Inevitably as you walk around between boulders or at the bottom of your route the gaps between the ridges gather mud and dirt. A frustrating feature that has served only to downgrade the overall score of the shoes (reflected in the lower score for the rubber stickiness – note that the rubber on the sole and rand is very sticky and would have scored higher were it not for this). Aside from the above gripe the Shoguns excel in virtually every department. They feel very precise, and fit very snugly – though it does take a while to lace them up. The heel is rock solid despite a bit of bagginess in there. At £69 they are competitively priced. Also worth noting is that they are very light weight.
This review was carried out as part of a massive comparative review of 25 pairs of Performance Rock Shoes. We think that this could be the biggest review of such shoes ever undertaken. You can read the whole review here.