Reviews for Con-flict Strap Climbing Shoe
Average Rating : 4.20 out of 5
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Pretty good shoes
Review by: jae8908, 2011-07-19
I have a pair of conflicts in 1/2 size larger than my usual climbing shoe size because I work in a rock gym and I was going for comfort instead of performance. Unexpectedly I got both. I can smear or edge on the smallest nothing holds. The only reason these are not five stars for me is because outdoors on rock, they are not five star shoes. They don't fit in cracks well or smear as well as some other shoes. But since they are comfortable and perform well indoors, they are great shoes for my use. Will buy another pair when they wear out.
Like for training, have two pair, leather rules
Review by: jermanimal, 2009-10-26
These are not 5 star shoes. They actually fit me a lot better then they look, considering all the rubber on the toes. I have two pair, one 9 and one 8.5. The larger are a nice comfy pair that I use in the gym and fit like sippers. They took only a few days to break in. They were pretty stiff out of the box and felt like rubber blocks. They softened up a lot and are more sensitive now. The concave was really tight on little toes, but after a few routes it started to soften.
I have been using all synthetic shoes for a while and getting a low stretch shoe, with leather is amazing. Leather is total luxury. Absorbs sweat, doesn't sink...much. Leather doesn't slip in the shoe as much and has better sensitivity. I am a fan to say the least.
The new mad rubber is interesting...to me it feels a lot like Stealth HF. Sticky, crazy sticky, but with the trade of off not edging very well and wearing quickly. Only used indoors so I can't account for rock use, but on plastic they never slip out. I am amazed that I can smear at all with them, because of down turn and ledge on for foot, but it works ok. I have a feeling they wouldn't do well in hot weather, at 70 degrees in gym they pick up dog hair like a lint roller.
As for the tighter pair, I use for steep bouldering. They are freaking great. Soft and powerful, they fit my feet well or better then other shoes from five ten and la sportiva. It is weird at first to use the dual thickness rubber, but I have learned to love it, center is nice and soft like a well, well worn shoe, but tons of edge still...plus the little edge grabs on to little features with tenacity. Nice powerful toe, not very pointed...climb more like optimus then pontas. When I sized down the heel cup got a little smaller, actually the worst part of the shoe, if I had my druthers I would have the rubber come up higher in the heel.
Review by: agarrett_9, 2009-08-29
This shoe is something amazing! Mad Rock pulled out all the tricks for this baby...their new Science Friction 2.2 is the stickiest rubber I've ever had the pleasure of putting on the rock. Now when I put this shoe it literally felt like a sock, it fit my foot perfect. I wear a 8.5 and i found that 7.5 was the size for me. Now they will stretch about a quarter to a half size just to be aware. All in all I think Mad Rock has come up with an amazing shoe! If the other shoes in the con series are as good as this one, they have a line up like no other company on the market!
Review by: luker1, 2009-06-18
the first time i put these on i had a big smile. they just hug your feet. and when i climbed my first route i was amazed. they feel great, i felt like i didnt even have to wear them in. toes and heals are a breeze. and the edging on them is amazing. the new rubber madrock is using is like velcro. i love it.
Review by: leblank, 2009-06-12
Out of the box - great - nice toe cup, easy entry - good velcro, that actually closes the foot tight. Excellent rubber. These are really a high performance shoe - excellent heel cup. Plus they look good! For me i wear a 8.5 street shoe and am a 7.0 in the Flict!