(generally speaking, "mens")
The Drone is a great meduim shoe: not too stiff nor too soft, best suited to bouldering, or steeper lead routes. Unususally for a shoe it effectively comes in two ranges which Mad Rock calls Low Volume and High Volume. The result of this is a comfortable fit off the shelf, and a great toe box offering precision and power at the toe and edge. Principally the shoe is synthetic (Syn FLex with Science Friction rubber), and reviewers report a half size stretch.
An agressive, assymmetrical shoe that has a large bouldering following. Interestingly it is frequently described as the best kept secrete in shoes, and that probably has to do with where it sits in Mad Rocks line up as well as its price compared to perfomance comparible shoes from other manufacturers. Mad Rock does value for money, and the Drone shows it.
The Drone has a heel cup that requires some understanding: the molded heel has an asymmetry such that there is a vertical edge running below your achilies facing outwards, making the shoe fantastic for hand/heel matches, while offering a wider surface in more open heel placements such as aretes.
If you’re looking for a shoe for long, slabby or vertical sport and trad routes, the Drone is not the best choice. But for boulderers and sport climbers looking for an aggressive, precise medium support shoe the Drone is an excellent option.
Upper Material: Syn Flex
Midsole: Leather footbed, 1.8mm Polyester midsole, EVA heel
Rubber: Science Friction 3.0
Asymmetrical Curvature: Significant