Mavic Cosmic Ultimate shoes review

Mavic’s pro level shoes are comfortable, light and efficient

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Mavic’s next to top shoes are comfortable and efficient, with light, stiff soles and airy uppers closed with a single Boa dial. They’re comfortable too, although the widened to box does mean that there’s extra pressure over the midfoot

Reasons to buy
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    Light for a dial closed shoe

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    Stiff sole and supportive upper

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    Extra width to the toe box suits wider feet

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Reasons to avoid
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    Pressure distributed rather unevenly over the foot

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Last year, Mavic updated its Cosmic Ultimate shoes to the new Cosmic Ultimate SL version. It’s made changes to the upper’s closure, replacing the two Ergo Dial closures with a single Boa IP1 low profile dial, positioned on the outer side of the upper. There’s no separate tongue, with the asymmetric uppers wrapping over the foot. Mavic has also reduced the weight of the carbon sole.

The upper is still made with a laser welded construction with mesh inserts between the TPU structural components. That saves weight over a stitched upper and is a feature too of Mavic’s ultra-spendy £900 Comete Ultimate shoes. The large mesh areas in the uppers make for good airflow when riding in hot weather too. As a result of the redesign, Mavic has shaved over 80g off the weight of its previous generation Cosmic Ultimate footwear.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.