Amazon Price: $74.95 $56.21 You save: $18.74 (25%). (as of February 13, 2019 8:51 am –
Don't let this shoe's looks fool you. Having climbed grades up to V15, the Drifter proves an astonishingly great value. By steering clear of some of Mad Rock's more technical features, this wallet friendly classic puts competition on it's wake.
Nice pair of climbing shoes at a very affordable price! First pair I ordered was too small though. Very snug fit!
Great quality shoes for an affordable price! Having that said, these shoes are a nightmare to purchase the correct size for! I wear a size 10.0(m) casual shoe and figured if i purchased a 10.5(m), it would be a snug fit, but they would be comfortable once they’ve been broken in. They were way to small though when they arrived, so I returned them in exchange for a size 11.5(m). I haven’t received the new pair yet, but I expect it to be a much better fit. My advice would be to go a full size to a size and a half bigger for comfort. (It’s very difficult to give good/solid advice on shoe sizing especially because these particular shoes size up differently for everybody. Some reviews say to buy a size smaller than you usually buy, and then others say to buy anywhere from half a size up to two full sizes up! In my opinion, buy the ones you think will fit comfortably first, then exchange them for a different size if they dont fit!)
Fit is snug but not uncomfortable
I’m a long-time climber, mostly in the gym, and tend to go through shoes quickly. Buying shoes online is tough because the fit of climbing shoes is very individual. This is compounded by the fact that I tend to buy whatever is currently cheapest on Amazon, and usually by the time I get a new pair, the old pair has been discontinued or is no longer as cheap.
Great inexpensive climbing shoe with good edging and good styling.
Awesome climbing shoe! I am a beginner and didn’t want to spend a fortune, but wanted to make sure I had good edging capabilities. These work great. I wear a size 8.5-9 shoe. In these I needed a 9.5. They are tight because the toes come to a point. But they are not excessively painful like many climbing shoes. They grip well. They are easy to put on and off. Have had a lot of advanced climbers make a positive comment on them.
I would slip on some small foot holds where a more aggressive shoe would suit better but hasn’t been too much of a problem as ..
So I bought these as an entry level shoe, I didn’t want to use rentals and these paid off in the end. I went a full size up, it’s tight but tolerable might have gone only a half size up but I would probably die from pain. I’ve been climbing for about 5 months now. Mostly indoor and some outdoor. They worked well for the most part. I did notice when I started working on harder boulder problems, I would slip on some small foot holds where a more aggressive shoe would suit better but hasn’t been too much of a problem as long as you got a good smear. I also love the ease of Velcro. Overall good starter shoe for the price to stay out of stinky rental shoes.
Medium performance climbing shoe for a decent price.
I’ll talk about the fit first. I have rather wide feet, and in running shoes I wear a US size 12 with a 4E width. Based on my previous experience with rental climbing shoes (Evolv brand if it matters) I simply got the next size up from my running shoes. The Drifters fit pretty well (albeit not perfectly, more on that later), not too tight but not too loose. A general rule of thumb with climbing shoes is: Are your toes comfortable? If yes, your climbing shoes are too big. Are your toes/feet painful? If yes, your shoes are too small. Are your feet mildly uncomfortable, but without pinching or pain? You’ve got the right sized shoe.
These -do not- stretch out!
Hi, I bought these from backcountry for $50. It’s the cheapest on the internet by at least $20. Free 2 day shipping, too! I received the shoes and they are beautiful. After 2.5 months of regular indoor bouldering the leather upper is starting to separate from the sole. I think that’s rather flimsy. When these do go unfunctional I’ll buy La Sportiva Mythos because I heard great things and I’m expecting them to be of higher quality.
Buy a full size bigger than your regular shoes.
I just got these so I can’t speak to their durability, by I wear size 14 in regular shoes, I bought size 15 and they fit pretty small. Rock shoes are supposed to be pretty snugly so I would recommend buying a full size above your regular shoe size.
these shoes are the best for wide feet (I’m ~100-104mm width) and you need a shoe that holds your toes in place. climb v4-v5s.
My Unofficial Sizing Guide
Shoes are great. I wear a 9.5M. I ordered three sizes trying to get it right. I could live with 11.5 (barley), with my toes pretty scrunched. I decided on a 12 so that I could walk around the gym without limping. It would save the average person a lot of time and hassle if this company would size the shoes normally.