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larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
mad rock boots? on 12/31/2006 21:54:57 MST Print View

Does anyone have any experience with the MadRock Alpinist boot? It is being touted as an alternative to the plastic fantastics.

Joseph Aulwes
(eispickel) - F
re: mad rock boots on 01/19/2007 07:40:34 MST Print View

I just got a pair of two days ago. I think they are great! I have only had the chance to climb with them indoors on an artificial ice wall with step-in crampons.

-Everyone I know that owns the boot finds it hard to slide their foot into the boot, but once your foot is in the boot they are comfortable.

-They are very rigid.

-I normally wear a 10 - 10.5 sized boot, but I purchased an 11 so that I can wear extra thick socks and still have some dead air space.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
mad rock boots? on 01/19/2007 09:20:47 MST Print View

We sell these at the gear shop I work for part time. Earlier this season Mad Rock sent us a whole box of them for us to demo out at the Sandstone Ice Fest. I worked the demo tent so I got to hear lots of feeback on a whole slew of gear that was available for demo that day. Amongst these was obviously the Mad Rocks.

People did in fact find them hard to put on as they are a very stiff boot. Some concern was mentioned by one individual that they were not the most comfortable boot for walking in but that the climbing was superb (consequently this individual just purchased a pair of these boots this week).

Overall I heard good things about their ability to accept the crampon, their feel on the ice and their fit. So take into consideration the possibility of an uncomfortable approach but a comfortable and stable climb.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
Re: mad rock boots? on 01/20/2007 11:17:52 MST Print View

In the past I've really struggled to get my feet into anything with a neoprene collar or tight upper so I do appreciate the input, I'm going to wait to try some on somewhere... mad rock products seem scarce in the northwest.