Ideal as your first pair of shoes, your all-day shoe or your comfy warm-up shoes. Velcro closure, molded heel cup and relatively stiff mid-sole with a spacious toe-box designed to offer a little more support and comfort to your toes make the AGAMA well suited to this task.
Rock climbing, generally, demands that the primary point of foot contact is beneath the big-toe area. The more movement that can be removed from the toes (as an appendage), the more stable the power transfer is, because you are now trying to support your body weight on a very small surface area. To do this, climbing shoes try to 'scrunch' your toes / foot - forcing direct power through the bones and deliberately limiting joint movement.
A secondary goal is to attempt to mould the shoe - like a glove - with the aim of limiting the shoe twisting around your foot (there's no use in having sticky rubber on the foothold, but your foot just spins inside the shoe).
The third objective is the continual compromise - compromising between providing a platform and soft sensitivity. You can't have both. A rigid platform is inherently easier to stand on/in, but removes the ability of the sole to mould around a feature/grip as well as removing sensitivity expressly because it is taking a lot of the workload.
All these things contribute to better performance.
When you start out climbing, your toes are unaccustomed to the confines of scrunched toe-boxes, AND your foot muscles are weak, your foot having spent it's entire life flat on the ground, and is, thus, not yet strong enough across the arch and ball, to cope with the small surface area now being expected to support your weight. As you climb more, and your feet get progressively stronger, your footwork will want to feel more of the rock as well as have more flexible options, literally. If the foot-grip is sloping or curved, the shoe needs to bend and mold to that shape, and to do this needs to be less rigid. But rigidity requires less strength, so sacrificing rigidity needs to happen alongside stronger foot muscles. Conveniently, the types of foot grips most commonly found on the types of routes and problems in your early climbing days will tend to be bigger, flatter and more angular. As you progress through the grades, the foot grips will become less pronounced and require more sensitive shoes. Style also plays a part. Vertical routes tend to require flatter, stiffer shoes while the more the route overhangs the more down-turned of a shoe is beneficial. Similar rigid trade-offs are found here too - the weaker you are, the more a stiff shoe will help you. It is important to understand that this is ALL relative to the individual. There is no such thing as "easy routes" - only easy routes in comparison to something harder FOR YOU! IE a 9A climber can still be "weak" *and require a specific shoe to aid them)...it's just relative to what is considered "hard" to them / you.
The AGAMA has a slightly roomier toe-box (than, say a Mad Rock DRONE) with a relatively stiff mid-sole which adds support beneath the ball & toes. This is deliberately aimed at easing a newer climbers toes/foot into the scrunched form while helping provide support for their still-developing foot muscles.
Climbers who have been climbing a long time, and have the foot-strength (and toe resilience to crunch) will find the AGAMA to be a little 'clunky' and lacking in sensitivity for hard routes / problems, but an ideal shoe to warm up with, climb easy-moderate routes and save their performance shoes from wear.
Molded Heel Cup
We recommend the following size relative to your running shoes
The Mad Rock Agama is a neutral fit and versatile climbing shoe aimed primarily at beginners. The asymmetric last and flat profile provides great comfort that allows you to focus on climbing instead of your uncomfortable toes. It is ideal for all day climbing and still optimizes performance when downsized properly
Versatile climbing shoe ideal for climbers looking for comfort
Slightly asymmetric last and flat profile for maximum comfort
Combination of stretchy Syn Flex and leather
Synthetic reinforcements reduce stretching
3D molded heel for a great fit made with sticky rubber and cushy EVA
Science Friction 3.0 rubber sole for the best friction