The Mugen Legacy

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One of the first shoes Mad Rock ever produced, the original Mugen was an all-around classic: sleek and white, with that scalloped heel for bomber hooking. Now, the new MAD ROCK MUGEN TECH LACE ($89.95, madrockclimbing.com) continues the legacy — it’s a deluxe, lace-up version made for techy climbs that require sensitivity and precision. To improve the odds of sendage, the Mugen Tech Lace uses Mad Rock’s signature 3-D shark-tooth heel cup, plus the super rubberized Power Upper that makes toe-hooking noticeably easier. The rubber-coated toebox, hemp lining, and synthetic upper material mean that stretch is very minimal here, so size bearably from the start. The flat last and supportive midsole make the Mugen Tech Lace good for all-around use and excellent on techy face climbs. — Justin Roth