Save your watts.
Whether you're looking to shave watts wherever possible or have an affinity for the smooth, pared-down road shoes that have come into style as of late, Mavic's CXR Ultimate II Men's Cycling Shoe is worth consideration. As its headlining road shoe, the CXR Ultimate II is held to Mavic's loftiest footwear standards, receiving lightweight, flexible materials and a design that shaved every unnecessary gram and piece of material to deliver the lightest, most responsive shoe in the French brand's arsenal.
The CXR's defining innovation is a piece of material along the upper that Mavic refers to as the CXR Aeroflap. This flap zips closed to cover the Ergo Dials along the top of the shoe to reduce drag and save watts wherever possible. The extra cover is stretchy and light, providing ample breathability courtesy of taped seaming that won't trap heat in the interest of aerodynamics. Perforated panels along the forefoot and perforations along the stiffer heel material also keep things from feeling swampy, while two of Mavic's Ergo Dials allow you to micro-adjust the fit along the instep to help ensure you don't have to lay off the gas to address hot spots or lack of circulation. Mavic also added a rigid, supportive carbon heel piece to lock your foot in-place as you pedal.
As the part of a cycling shoe that's most closely responsible for achieving efficient power transfer, the outsole of the CXR Ultimate II received an Energy Full Carbon SLR outsole to provide you with an uncompromisingly rigid platform on which to drive power to the pedals. The outsole loyally delivers your hard-earned watts where they can be used best while you take advantage of its incredible strength-to-weight ratio. To address biomechanical efficiency within the shoe, Mavic also includes its Ergo Fit 3D inserts, which are designed to be paired with the OrthoLite foam insoles and help stabilize your arch as you pedal.
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