Mavic Alpine XL Mtn Shoe 2014
Full on trail shoe with bomb proof construction for added durability, comfort and protection. Trail specific features including neoprene ankle cuff and Trail Grip Outsole.
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Prior to these shoes I had some 5Ten Hellcats and although they were decent shoes, they were way to heavy for pedaling all day. One of my regular riding buddies has worn an older version of this shoe for years and they seemed to be treating him pretty well so I saved up my coins, mowed a few lawns & hustled some kid at a lemonade stand so I could try these shoes out. Hey, don't judge me. That kid at the lemonade stand was a real prick, a total spoiled little rich kid. Moving on.... There aren't many choices for those of us who prefer a semi-high top shoe and to be honest, these shoes look heavy. But if they work for my buddy, they'll work for me. After about 4 months on them I have to say I'm really, really impressed with these shoes. They're light, they fit my XT pedals perfectly and I have plenty of room to adjust the cleat for a custom fit. If you're worried about those laces, don't. They hold the shoe snug with more consistency than any lace shoe I've worn. I can't speak for the racer shoes with the fancy turn-wheels and buttons because I've never worn them. I have some Salomon trail running shoes with the same Kevlar lacing system and they've worked perfectly throughout the life of the shoe. I have a tip for lacing them: 1) Pull the laces fairly tight 2) wiggle your toes and arch your foot while maintaining that tightness of the laces 3) Pull them a little tighter and do another wiggle. 4) Lock them down with the lace lock, slap the Velcro latches into place and go shred. I haven't had to make any mid-ride adjustments with these and that impresses me. On the 3+ hour rides I've usually had to make some adjustments but not with these Mavics. As for their off-the-bike feel, you are on SPD cleats with a stiff sole so bear in mind that SPD shoes will probably never feel tennis shoe comfy because then they wouldn't work worth a crap. However, these shoes are very, very comfortable. Additionally, they do just as good when I have to hike-a-bike up a steep rocky section as my 5Tens did so if you're looking for traction you'll be happy with this shoe. They are also very durable, speaking more of my buddy's 5 year old pair than my shoes. But if his shoes have lasted 5 years that's amazing to me. I blow up shoes by the end of the season. These shoes feel just as durable as his so I think the lifetime of these shoes will be exceptional. Out of the saddle sprints are very comfortable, too. I don't have that feeling of the shoe putting most of the pull on the toe area. It feels like it's pulling the entire sole platform uniformly. I do see something on the shoes that may be a turn-on/turn-off for some people. There is a neoprene collar around the ankle that appears to be for preventing dust/dirt/crap from getting in between your sock and the shoe and it works very well. However, it is neoprene and they put it right where most of us would grab the back of the shoe and yank on it to get our foot in the shoe. I could see this neoprene collar becoming separated from the shoe in no time if they pulled on it when putting them on. But they are very easy to put on and if I need to guide my foot into them I just reach for the heavy duty loop on the heel. Here's my advice: If you're looking for an excellent mid shoe to get the job done, put these in your cart and scratch your trigger finger. They're light, strong, comfy, quick to get in and get out of your pedals and they look bitchin' when you're sprinting out of the apex. What more could you ask for?
These shoes fit fantastic (11.5) and I had no sizing issues. They are comfortable enough to walk in when out of the clips as well. Mavic put a pretty clever flap at the top of the tongue to tuck in the laces as well not to mention the 90s era skate shoe lace saver which keeps dirt out. Very well constructed, banged my foot into a stump next to the trail as I was riding and I left the incident unharmed. Just wish they were a different color, the white gets dirty quick.
I love these things. Comfortable and the ankle cuff keeps so much debris out of shoe. My only complaint is that terrible quick lace system. I don't find them any more convenient than regular laces and they break too easy. Can never get them tight enough and the laces wear to the point the clamp doesn't hold them. I've had mine a year and they snapped on a ride. I'd love to change them out for regular laces, but the loops are too small. Mavic, please, please stop using this system. Laces, velcro, ratchets. Doesn't matter to me. Just not this system.
These shoes are very comfortable and durable. The pull-tie feature works really well. These shoes work great with my Shimano XT Trail pedals. I typically wear and 11 to an 11.5. I went with the 11.5 (Euro 46) and they fit great.
I didn't buy these from pricepoint (although I should have; could've saved $$), but they're a great product nonetheless. I've saved my ankles from a couple of thrashings with the nice protective top-half on these shoes. Also, they're much lighter than they look which is a big plus!
Right out of the box these were stiff, but they have broken in after several months to feel as if they are custom fit. The laces look delicate, but they claim to be "Kevlar," and they seem durable. I have always preferred high-tops for trail riding, and these shoes have it all. They look odd, but all the features come together for a sweet package. I wouldn't change a thing (except I wish they were army green or some other subtle color.)