Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Fury
Manufacturer Mad Rock
Page By rhyang
Page Type Jan 23, 2007 / Sep 29, 2008
Object ID 1913
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Product Description

Description from the Mad Rock website

The Mad Scientists are at it again. Mad Rubber is spliced with classic design to produce the ultimate guide shoe. This mid-top approach shoe features unparalleled comfort and support. Up front on the high-cut toe rand and in the rear on the cushioned heel, we've poured on a generous amount of Mad Rubber #5. The Fury frictions on any slab but has enough grip for dirt or rock on the trail. The low profile traditional dot tread sole keeps your edging precise and your feet sensitive and laces right to the toe for that performance fit. Keep the elements out with a double stitched all leather upper. Rigid enough for a strap-on crampon to cross that last snowfield before the pinnacle. See you at the top!


SoleClassic dot tread sole, Mad Rubber Formula #5
Rand2.2mm Mad Rubber Formula #4
MidsoleMolded EVA
Upper3-D mesh ultra-breathable padded cuff, synthetic upper with rubber-impregnated poyester toe and heel areas
ConstructionDouble stitched, Padded heel cuff, 2.0mm lightweight brushed polyester foam sandwich lining
Entry/ClosureLockdown lacing system
Available SizesUS 5 to 15

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rhyang - Jan 23, 2007 6:06 am - Voted 4/5

Not bad !
I've only used this shoe for a few months. I have an old ankle injury, so I prefer high-top approach shoes, which are difficult to find (the old Nike Cinder Cone's have been discontinued).

The main issue was getting the right size. My feet measure 9.5 US and generally I wear a size 10 boot. A Mad Rock rep told me I should size up 0.5 for hiking, and this seemed to work - the size 10 seemed too tight (toes banging on downhills) while 10.5 seems to hike great.

The rubber is plenty sticky - I've done a bit of technical climbing in them, but no leading or soloing yet. I did have an issue with the front of one sole starting to peel, but some Shoe Goo fixed that.

The lacing system seems to work great.

The other thing about these is that if you hike in the desert with them (eg. Joshua Tree NP), sand will get in past the tongue even if you wear minigaiters.

Haven't used them on snow yet.

MoapaPk - May 30, 2010 3:46 pm - Voted 4/5

Pretty good for the price
I wanted a stiff-soled approach shoe that would work with strap-on crampons, and these fit the bill.

Beware that if you use them for hard snow, the very shallow lugs almost require that you wear crampons. In softer snow, you can kick steps with surprising effectiveness.

The maiden voyage was a 14 mile RT, with initial trail hiking, then mixed trail and steep hard snow banks, then class 4 rock with some snow, then finally crampons up snow (40 degrees max).

I waterproofed the entire shoes with Nikwax for suede and nubuck, then the lower half with "breathable" nikwax cream. That worked pretty well -- but realize that with the lace-to-the-toe design, snow is going to collect in the depression under the laces at the very front of the shoe.

My normal approach shoes are 9.5 M US; following rhyang's warning, I bought size 10, and that size just right, maybe a bit snug. The toes were a bit snug, so I used a shoe-stretcher overnight.

They are also a little heavier than many approach shoes -- about 2.5 lbs/pair -- and because of all the stiff leather, may take a while to break in. The soles are definitely stiffer than most approach shoe soles.

Mad Rock has had these on sale lately (May 2010; < $70). I'm amazed that any shoe model can persist for more than 4 years; maybe they save money by sticking with one design.

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