OnceaDaywrote a review of Mavic Crossmax Shoe - Men's on December 11, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These look good and bold with the yellow and black. They are consistently comfortable in warm weather and breath well. They are easy to use and after 8 month of use, have shown the right amount of wear. The sole gives enough traction to walk on rocks if needed.
One gripe about this shoe is that the uppers are SOFT. The softness gives a slipper-like comfort but don't give the support to the upper foot as well as some harder shoes, and that includes Mavic's lower end shoe, the Mavic Alpine XL, which I find is much more sturdy and water resistant. On rocky trails, I found the security of firm uppers, a benefit, which this shoe does not have. Also, because of the mesh uppers, water get inside VERY easily during rain or water splashes. Definitely gets wet fast and moisture seeps in quick. During cooler temps, it doesn't keep the feet as warm either.
This is best for warm weather, dry riding. It's a soft shoe, although the sole is adequately stiff. If you want the extra security of a harder shoe, don't go for this slipper-soft and slipper-comfortable shoe. I find it's a mixed bag, really.
Oh yes, the strap for the ratchet mechanism works but is not as smooth functioning during release as some of the other ones I've had such as Shimano and SIDI. Also, the ratchet strap is not replaceable (unlike SIDI shoes), which is surprising given that the strap is a high tension area and with age and wear would have a greater risk of snapping. If that happens and rest of the shoe is still good, the whole thing is toast!