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Tenaya Mundaka Climbing Shoe
The Tenaya Mundaka draws heavily from the Oasi - the shoe worn by Alex Megos on the world's first 9a onsight - taking away none of its style and performance but making some changes. The middle part of the sole is now very soft, making the Mundaka more precise than the Oasi and with better sensitivity for overhanging problems. Don't worry though, as it's not all about the steep stuff; they've kept the toe-box nice and hard so as to not sacrifice edging power performance on the vertical. To make this shoe more durable, Tenaya have placed the Mundaka's rand over the heel rubber to prevent it from peeling off. A useful addition if you're going to be doing a lot of heel-hooking manoeuvres. As for features, the Mundaka has the easy-to-use Draxtor® lacing system with two adjustable length webbings attached to a velcro strap for fast on-and-offs and a precise fit, and the SXRDynamics® rand that prevents toe bulging and keeps the climber's weight loaded precisely on a foot hold. With a synthetic upper, the Mundaka will not stretch at all and maintain its performance shape over its entire use.
An offspring of the high-performance Oasi, the Mundaka is very much the brother of the shoe that sent Alex Megos up his record breaking climb, but a slightly different design built to perform on and endure through more technical routes and problems.
We recommend sizing a half size to a full size down from your normal climbing shoe size.
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Vibram XS Grip
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Vibram XS Grip™
Original rubber compound built for pure friction, recommended for use where maximum grip is the primary need - bouldering and sport climbing, indoor climbing, or extremely smooth, polished routes.
DRAXTOR® LACING SYSTEM
A highly precise, fast, and efficient lacing system. The webbing can be adjusted to the length to fit your foot's unique morphology, so every time you velcro up you'll have the same custom fit.
Tenaya's movement-adjustment system that focuses power towards the big toe. This system is unlike any other found on a climbing shoe. It actively adjusts power based on the foot's position for smart precision on the smallest of features which prevents the rand from bulging out, which can knock you off balance. This means you have more control, more balance, and more power, on every foothold.
5 product reviews
I've owned these, the Tarifa and Oasi now, the mundaka definitely fits much wider than the others but offers more comfort and flexibility because of that. I found them to excel on smeary/polished feet as they conform very well but definitely fall behind on precision edging and small pockets as the toe box is wide. The heel is a bit sloppy and takes some getting used to if you're used to a fitted heel cup but gives really good feedback on delicate smears. Definitely my go to shoes for shorter, steep routes and bouldering.
I was hesitant to switch from my trusty Anasazi LVs having stuck with them for many years, but the Mundaka has won me over.
From first fit they're comfy AF (in a kind of anaconda-cuddle way) with just the right amount of all-over squeeze so you know they'll perform without totally destroying your feet, and over six/nine months of use they hold that feeling well with minimal stretch/sagging. I've always struggled with heel fit, even shoes that are perfect at first often end up useless for hooks, and these never feel like slipping at all.
In terms of performance, the best thing I can say is that I'm rarely ever thinking about the shoes themselves. After the first couple of sessions in each pair it's easy to forget about the shoes and just get on with the business of climbing. If you're looking for an all-day shoe these might not be the best however as that performance fit tends to get a bit much after a few hours of solid use.
I had to size down a fair bit for these, I usually wear 7.5/8 street shoes 6.5 Anasazi LV and went down to a 5.5 UK to get them right.
I've been climbing for 15 years and after going through so many brands and makes, I feel like bad shoes are hard to find, and comfort is now the next frontier in climbing shoes making. I'm already a big fan of the Iati for its incomparable comfort, and was looking for something more flexible (no midsole) and aggressive for steep bouldering and sport climbing. The Mundaka are just perfect for that. They fixed the toe-hooking issue some had with the Oasi by adding rubber to the toe, but the small cuts in the rubber mean the upper remains supple and comfortable, something that was always bothering me in other rubber covered shoes (think of the Drago and its very stiff upper). This shoe feels like a glove, and it feels like cheating. Great precise edging (for Xsgrip), awesome smearing, stick it in pockets all day, great heel, this shoe did everything well, on gneiss, granite, sandstone, limestone, quartzite and plastic. Of course, they are not your go-to shoes for long multi-pitch, but that's never what they were made for. The lacing system is something that can put people off at the store, but once it is all set for you, it doesn't take much more time than velcro and you won't have the slippery/floating foot feeling that you get in velcro slippers. I would compare their performance to the Solution, but that rigid heel cup never did it for me. I'm finding it hard to imagine going back to another brand at this point...
FIT: They are a bit on the narrow side I believe, I'm 6'2" and 155 pounds, I wear about 45 street size, my feet are 28 cm long. I ordered those in 42 and 42 2/3 and kept both, the first fit for bouldering, the second is more comfy for sport and gym sessions. If you like lots of comfort, you could go larger. I usually wear these sizes: Iati 42 (could have gone for the 42 1/2, fits like the 42 2/3 Mundaka), Miura VS and Solution 42 1/2 or 43, Drago 44 or 44 1/2, 5.10 Anassazi Pink 44 1/2 (super comfy for long routes).
They second I put on the Mundaka's, I knew I had found my shoe. I have rather low volume feet and the lacing system allows for a perfect fit right out of the box. They are an incredibly comfortable shoe with no compromise on the performance front! I never felt limited by the comfort or performance of these shoes and I tackled some great projects with confidence.
In terms of fitting, I think they fit a little bit bigger than other climbing shoes I have tried. I previously wore a 39.5 Solution and went for a 38.75 for the Mundaka's.
Overall, I would give the shoe a solid 5 stars for fit and performance.
But I have to give it a 1 star review for their durability. After being so excited to have finally found a shoe that fits my feet perfectly, I was extremely let down by their quality. After only 3 months, the soles on both feet had holes in them. Now, I know I don't have perfect footwork, but I am certainly not a beginner climber who is constantly smearing their toe edge along the wall. To pay so much money (for a really nice shoe) that I had to replace within 3 months was extremely disappointing.
So overall, a 3 star for this shoe. It fits wonderfully and climbs beautifully but that soft thin rubber that gives you amazing sensitivity has a trade off: you might be buying new shoes in 3 months.
The Mundakas are super comfortable performance shoes. I've worn these shoes for about a couple months now, have used them for mostly bouldering (indoors & outdoors), some sport climbing, and deep water soloing once--and they've been great for nearly everything.
I can't overstate how comfortable these shoes are: it's really easy to forget that the shoes are on, and spend an entire gym session in them without taking them off. It's immediate too--the first time you put these shoes on, they feel great, with almost no break in time. I've had shoes that I had to take off after each burn because they were too tight/my foot had to adjust--I've never had that problem with Tenayas. They are sooo comfortable.
Performance wise, I've tried up to V8s (indoors and outdoors) and 5.11/5.12s (also outdoors/indoors) in these shoes. The shoes work just as well outdoors as they do inside. They've great for toe-hooking, smearing, slab, and heel hooking. I don't think these shoes are the best shoes for edging, but I don't think they will hold you back either. They also heel-hook really well--although I've got one minor nit about the sideways heel-hooks (below).
The lacing system is both really great and slightly annoying: it lets you decide precisely how tight you want the shoe... so now you can fiddle around with it endlessly. I find that I tend to leave the laces pretty loose when I'm warming up, and then adjust them so the shoes are a little more snug when I start trying hard. I've also sometimes ratcheted down the back strap a little more if I know I've got a hard heel hook coming up.
Sizing-wise: I've previously climbed in the Oasis (which I also loved), and the sizing seemed to be about the same.
* If you cinch the lacing system too tight too frequently, the metal rings may start to separate from/eat into the leather. I noticed a gap between the leather and the ring once when I did so. This issue may be unique to me--because after a lot of use, almost all of the shoes I've had (Miuras, Futuras, Instinct VSs, Oasis, Skwamas), the opposing metal rings have either eaten through part of the leather shoe or part of the strap. But if you're the type of person who falls off a problem, re-tightens your shoes, and then tries again (and repeats the cycle), you might need to break out of that habit with these shoes.
* I was working a problem with a sharp, awkward, sideways heel hook, which somehow dug between the rubber and the heel leather, and started separating the two a little.
* The neon green color really pops. Until more people see them around, you will get asked about them. I personally like the colors, but just a word of warning.