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Mavic blends comfort and performance in its competitively-priced Sequence Elite cycling shoes. The fiberglass/nylon soles with carbon inserts aren’t as stiff as pure carbon soles but they’re more comfortable, flexing a bit to keep your feet happy on long rides.
A snug fit supports the foot without squeezing or feeling overly tight. The Sequence’s closure system works similarly to Giro’s Techlace shoes, combing a Boa closure with lace-like Velcro straps. However, instead of stretchy laces, Mavic opts for cord material for the two Velcro straps at the toe box. This cord and Velcro system actually works better than Giro’s more flexible straps. We tightened the shoes down more securely than our Techlaces.
Mavic’s Boa system provides micro-adjustments for tightening and loosening the fit with the click of the dial. This Boa doesn’t disengage all the way like other shoes, so you’ll have to unwind and wind them back to up to get your foot in and out. But this is a small complaint for an all-around great set of shoes.
The stiff upper material feels durable and that dark purplish-brown color hides dirt well. But the material is also quite thick and doesn’t breathe as well as thinner, more perforated materials. To combat this, Mavic adds extra vents in the soles and side panels to increase airflow through the shoes that kept our feet cool enough on hotter days.
And they’re a good value for riders who walk the line between recreational riding and occasional racer. At $160, they’re less expensive than most performance shoes while offering most of the performance features you could ask for. They’re plenty stiff for hard sprints in a crit but are even better for long adventure rides.