Mad Rock Pulse Climbing Shoe

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  • Fine tune the length and volume of your climbing shoes between the Positive (High Volume) and the Negative (Low Volume) version
  • Upper Material: Breathable Mesh; Footbed Material: Polyester
  • Midsole Thickness: 1.8mm; Sole Thickness: 4.2mm; Rand Thickness: 2.2mm
  • Sole: Flat X5; Rand: R2 Science Friction
  • Weight (US 9): 7oz / 202g
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The Pulse gives you a unique fitting system to ensure that you Find Your Fit. By producing this all-around model in two different volumes, you can now fine tune the length and volume of your climbing shoes between the Positive (High Volume, Blue) and the Negative (Low Volume, Red) versions. Constructed with a breathable mesh upper, speed-lacing system, and EVA Shock Heel this model is sure to jump start your climbing! Classification: All Around High Performance. Closure: Lace. Stiffness: 3. Shape: Asymmetric. Toe Patch: TPR. Toe Patch Thickness: Variable. Midsole Material: Compressed Polyester. Heel: 3D Molded PHH. Color: Red and Blue.



I think madrock really hit the target with there gender neutral high/low volume Pulse shoes. They are the perfect beginner wall/gym shoe, and comfortable enough to get started. Unlike super aggressive sport climbing shoes these are wearable for long periods of time, but still have a nice snug fit. Good shoe! Bought these for a woman size 9.5 shoe relatively small feet - she loves them.


The Pulse is a solid step in the right direction for the future of climbing shoes.  For starters, the concept of Positive and Negative (i.e., wide and narrow) sizing, in lieu of gender stereotyped male and female models is revolutionary.  When I took it out of the box, I immediately thought of La Sportiva’s high-end shoes for trad, sport, and bouldering.  I was amazed to find out shortly after that the Pulse was actually created as an entry level shoe!

I put the Pulse through its paces in bouldering (indoors), and outdoor sport and trad.  I found myself heel-toeing wide crack, rand-smearing on ringlocks, jamming, edging, and frontpointing on some tiny slippery limestone pockets and crimps - all rather well.  I was climbing with only the Pulse, and the shoe felt both comfortable enough to wear while belaying, and precise enough to onsight at my limit.  They performed best on dead vertical terrain, on microedges and in thin cracks.

While they left a little bit to be desired in toe and heel-hooking, I found that to be only a small ding on an otherwise excellent shoe.  This may not be the shoe of choice if you climb predominantly on terrain steeper than 30 degrees.


I got the change to get my hands (moreover feet) on the Pulse Negative, the red shoe. Out of the box I noticed the insane stick of the rubber, I could literally press the shoes together and they would stick mid air! The fabric is unique in that it is a mesh that is breathable. this helps out with keeping the shoes on for a longer period of time for comfort. The lace up really keeps the shoe snug on your foot. Perfect shoe for entry level climbers, or climbers who don't want to torture their feet when warming up or doing some light climbing. Totally flat toe, I found it perfect for Joshua tree slab. Maximum surface area yea!! 


It is rare to find a shoe that is comfortable and performs well. The Pulse is now my favorite go-to for a long day of climbing or training. Not only is it easy to leave on for long periods of time, but it also edges and toes in very well. I found that even at the gym it helped me a lot on slabs and vertical faces, for which aggressive shoes do not always give the same advantage. Whether you are planning a long day of multi-pitch climbing or you are craving some technical slabs, the Pulse is definitely going to be the right choice. I’ve needed a shoe for a while now that is comfortable enough to wear all day on long adventures outside, but also is trustworthy and reliable. You never know where the mountains may take you, and if I occasionally find myself in an epic situation, I am going to want myself to be in these shoes. This shoe is perfect for the climber that is psyched to find passion in every style of climbing. It is a great all around shoe. I believe the Pulse is a staple for climbers who love it all and want to be prepared for any sort of adventure. 

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