Tenaya Mundaka Climbing Shoe
TenayaMundaka Climbing Shoe

A tool of precision.

Sometimes the thing that is keeping you off the send-train is painful feet. Crunching toes and collapsed arches aren't Tenaya’s favorite thing either, thus the birth of the Mundaka Climbing Shoes. These puppies keep the dogs from barking with their extremely comfortable footbed. The split sole offers flexibility in pressure points on your feet to reduce pain as you press down, and you get a comfortable, firm, and personalized fit of a gym shoe without sacrificing the more aggressive feel of a downturned shoe. Vibram rubber offers legendary durability and will help keep you on the wall even when the footing is suspect. Rely on the Mundakas to tick off your next projects, last long enough to plow through plenty of routes on your tick list, and keep your feet from burning and aching with pain after a full day of ticking off redpoints.

  • Downturned, aggressive shoes for edging your way through your project
  • Stiff toebox offers support on small edges
  • Split sole allows for flexibility to reduce edge deformation
  • Hook-and-loop closure for secure fit and fast on and off
  • Vibram rubber keeps you on the wall and is durable
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Will you have sizes smaller than 6.0 in stock?

The 6.0 is the smallest size we will carry.

Best of... all worlds?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

When I bought a pair of the precursor shoe to this one (the Oasi) I was blown away by the combination of comfort and performance. For someone with a narrow but medium-volume foot, I have never felt the confidence on heel and toe hooks that I got with the Oasi. As I saw it, there were really only two issues with Tenaya's first attempt at a shoe that can do it all: toe rubber and heel peeling. The Mundaka seeks to remedy these problems, and after a first session, it seems much more well constructed and durable than the Oasi while keeping all the features I loved so much about the first shoe. Tenaya's Draxtor Lacing System, which some claim to be finnicky, offers exactly the kind of adjustability one would expect from a laced shoe in a gym-friendly, quick-change velcro setup. Their choice of Vibram XS Grip rubber over the XS Grip 2 is a smart one as well- the advanced dynamics of the shoe give edging power when you need it, but this softer rubber compound (along with the wholesale removal of the "barely there" midsole of the Oasi) somehow keeps the legendary edging and pocket-finding ability of the first shoe while improving on smearing and sensitivity. Also, who doesn't love having a shoe that no one knows about? Great conversation starter, and I got a lot of compliments on the bold green colorway. While I'm aware that every brand tries to make shoes for every kind of foot, it's hard to slip these on, send my projects, and be completely comfortable without thinking "I'm never going back to any other brand of climbing shoe".

Excellent, but Painful

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are an aggressive fit––so much so that I don't think I could wear them for an extended period of time. I had to take them off in between climbs while I was trying them out, and I had already ordered a half size up from my regular. However, the few boulder problems that I did do in these shoes felt great, so I would definitely recommend these shoes. I'm not sure about the durability yet.

Precision Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 9 - (But i am usually a 9.5)

For precise placements on footholds, a nice soft mid sole, and the fit like a solid slipper - the Mundaka is my new favorite sport climbing shoe. I've had the chance now to try it in both the gym and at a limestone crag and I'm really stoked on the performance of these.

In regards to fit - a reviewer below noted how these fit with wide feet and long toes -

I HAVE WIDE FEET, BUT NOT SO LONG TOES. Maybe that is the difference, but i also believe fitting these is a little different than other Tenayas.

TENAYA'S RUN LARGE! So usually i am a 9.5 for most climbing shoes - with these I am a 9 - and that is really sizing up from most other Tenayas. I don't feel crushed in them and I for sure believe they will break in a bit more.

They produce a very narrow profile to the foot, and center a lot of the power over the big toe. Very precise.

Don't fit: Wide feet + Long index toe.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: 6.5 (38.8)

I wanted a dedicated shoe for my outdoor sport project and was excited about these "new" shoes on the market, but unfortunately I won't ever be able to fit them.
They fit me nearly exactly like La Sportiva Solutions in that my biggest toe gets crammed into the next toe, cutting into the flesh. And the toe point where all the power is directed lies right between my big toe and the next toe so no toe would actually be pressing down on whatever edge the rubber point is on.
The toe box is quite stiff, likely due to the lining, yet the sole rubber is on the softer side. It's quite a weird feeling. The heel cup is way too big. With just the tension of the shoe being on my foot, there's about a 1/2 gap between the bottom of my heel and the footbed.
The lacing system is also a HUGE pain from first impression.
I cannot comment on the performance or stretch amount because I'll be (sadly) returning them before using them, but judging from these CRUCIAL aspects, Mundakas will never fit me.

For anyone that's excited about new shoes but is totally stressed out by not knowing the fit:
I cannot wear the following:
6.5 (38.8) Mundakas - too narrow, toe point doesn't match my feet.
(39) Solutions - too narrow, toe point doesn't match my feet.

Shoes that fit me:
7.5 (40) Acro WIDE - comfy tight toe box, slightly bad heel.
7.5 (40) Narsha WIDE - ever ever slightly too small to tolerate, but great fit and BEST HEEL I'VE TRIED
(38.5) Skwama - My GO-TO for sport toeing/edging & bouldering toehook shenanigans. Love. Heel is ok
(38) Maverink - little painful but can gets the gym job done great.
(38) Katana - don't actually own these but the fit is so amazingly comfy yet aggressive.
(38) Testarossa - too painful to tolerate but toe box fit me very properly

I will likely be buying 38.5 Testarossas shortly after writing this review...
Also the size chart provided on Backcountry does not match up with the Tenaya size chart on the boxes themselves (see image... if I can get it to upload).

Hey Kevin,

I'm sure you are already over these, but i would highly suggest you get a larger size in these. Normally, with Tenaya, i would definitely say size size down, at least a full size. But with these, I would only go a half size down. If you are a 7.5 street shoe, you will find these actually still fit great as a size 7. Looks like you got a 6.5 - which is too small.

I am a 9.5 street - got the 8.5 and a 9. and the difference in performance tightness in both shoes is similar, but as you mentioned, i have wide feet too, and the size 9 fit great for that when i started climbing and the 8.5 crushed my foot.

Not sure about the big toe - but i love these shoes and just thought i'd say my two cents on the sizing.