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On the top step, again.
We all know that weight means everything in cycling. From the lightest, thinnest carbon wheels, to air-mesh jerseys, manufacturers constantly strive to design lighter, stronger accessories. And while, year after year, many succeed in one-upping the competition, Mavic remains on the top step of the podium when it comes to cycling shoes. The Mavic Huez retains the title of the lightest production road shoe year after year. They barely tip the scales at 195grams per shoe, or less than 390grams per pair.
The Huez boasts the same last, Ergo Lite upper, Ergo Lite toe cap, Energy Straps, and Energy Lock carbon heel of the Zxellium, but it goes in a few separate directions to lose a bunch of weight. One is the thinner mesh. But more important is the thinner Energy Full Carbon SL outsole. It may look the same from afar, but the sole is 1.5mm thinner, saving weight while keeping stiffness constant. The thinner sole makes pedaling more efficient, and it has titanium cleat inserts and smaller toe and heel pads on the outside for even more weight savings.
The bigger difference in terms of feel between the Zxellium and the Huez is how the foot is held into place. While the carbon heel is still present, the Energy Lock frame has been sacrificed in the name of lightness. So too has the Ergo Lite ratchet, in favor of a third Velcro strap per foot. The result are shoes that might not be quite as rock solid on the upstroke, but are lighter all around.
Inside you'll find the Ergo Fit SL insole. Yes, lighter than the 3D version. It has three densities of padding, along with a nice heel cup and metatarsal pad. The insole is covered in an anti-bacterial material that resists stink. The tongue has been lightened and is known as the Clima Vent Tongue SL. It has less padding, just the minimum necessary, and more mesh. Actually, the padding in the heel, tongue, and insole are called Auto Fit because they'll mold to your foot without the need for heating and posting.
The Mavic Huez Shoes are available in Mavic yellow/black and Black.white and come in half and whole sizes from 5.0 to 12.5 mens. They come with 'recommended length' screws for the threaded inserts in the outsole; so thin is the sole, they've provided shorter screws. A mesh carrying bag is also included.
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