The lat­est tri shoe from the French giants

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone - JS

Mavic’s en­try-level tri shoe has long been due an up­date. And the new Cos­mic Elite is a big step for­ward, with the strap, up­per and heel counter im­proved con­sid­er­ably. The up­per has lost its mesh vent­ing in favour of small, laser-cut per­fo­ra­tions and has just one ex­tra-large strap, and they hug your feet due to the rigid yet comfy ma­te­rial across the up­per.

The lack of se­ri­ous vent­ing at the front is a po­ten­tial prob­lem in very warm con­di­tions for those prone to hot feet, but for the rest of us it’s aes­thet­i­cally much neater than big chunks of mesh, which can get dirty and soggy after an open-wa­ter swim, plus, these are eas­ier to clean. The heel loop is big enough to make it easy to grab on the fly, and the in­ward-clos­ing strap sits well across the top of the shoe with­out any over­hang catch­ing your cranks – a prob­lem we’ve had with this clo­sure sys­tem. The ny­lon and fi­bre­glass sole isn’t as tough as Mavic’s full car­bon En­ergy Out­sole, but we felt no flex dur­ing hard ef­forts.

Al­though they’re just above the en­try-level bracket, there are plenty of rea­sons to buy the Cos­mic Elites com­pared to sub-£100 op­tions. They look cool, are well op­ti­mised for tri and are light at 286g.

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