MAVIC COSMIC ELITE
The latest tri shoe from the French giants
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.