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Triathlons play by their own set of rules, so totally traditional cycling shoes don't really cut it when you also have to account for a swim and a run. Mavic gets it, and designed its Tri Race Men's Shoes to cater to the specific needs of triathletes, so you'll be better prepared for the curveballs the course throws your way.

The biggest difference comes in T1. You need to speed through, so your shoes need to be easy to get on. To that end, Mavic gave the Tri Race two hook-and-loop straps that are designed to stay open until you shut them, so you can cruise through T1 and adjust your shoes when you're on the road. The burrito-wrap upper overlaps for a secure, snug fit, but is equally easy to slip your foot into, even if it's wet and sticky. A heel pull tab makes the Tri Race easy to pull on, and the largely mesh upper moves moisture quickly through, so your feet dry quickly and stay that way.

Dry feet also prevent blisters, which can ruin the run section of the triathlon before you even get there. Mavic's lightweight synthetic heel counter keeps the back of your foot from sliding around and getting rubbed raw, and the Ergo Fit 2D footbed supports your arch and makes sure there's no extra volume in the shoe that can lead to irritation. Of course, you can't give up power, so Mavic built the Tri Race with a carbon composite sole, which balances stiffness and comfort to keep you churning on the bike and after, and has a super low stack height for increased pedaling efficiency.

  • Nylon mesh and synthetic upper
  • Two hook-and-loop straps
  • Carbon composite sole
  • Ergo Fit 2D footbed
  • Burrito-wrap upper design
  • Synthetic heel counter
  • Heel pull tab
  • Three-hole road cleat compatibility
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3 1/2 stars

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The shoe as a whole functions very well, I think the sizing is just slightly larger than sidi. I take a 41 sidi, size 8 street shoe, and in a 41 in these i don't think it fit quite as snug. They were stiff, which is good, very cool and breathed well, which is good most of the time. The downfalls for me was that I had to cut the end of the strap off, it was to long and would hit my crank so i just took some scissors to them and now no problems. I don't think the toe box is tight enough for me personally I like a pretty snug fit and had to strap down pretty tight to get it how I wanted it. They went on and off very easy as a tri shoe should. hope this helps some of you out.

Are there year-to-year changes of this shoe? I ordered these on Competitive Cyclist back in October (not sure what model year they were). I want to know if they have changed the shoe at all for 2014. Oh, and are these the 2014 model shoes?

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This shoe is the 2014 model- probably the same shoe you ordered in October. Newer models are usually denoted with a change in the title or the previous model is put on sale. Please let us know if we can help you out with anything else!