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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!
The only positive is that these shorts look good. My girlfriend complimented me on them, but beyond that, the material is thin and the back seam is as weak as can be. These are a very, very light duty short and probably fine for casual bike cruising on a boardwalk or biking to a picnic spot on a Sunday afternoon or walking around posing at a BBQ. Any kind of real riding, forget it!
The front has Velcro in place of a zipper and button and while I thought at first it was a cool idea, I then realized it seems to be a cost-saving measure. It does not secure the short well enough for any kind of real riding. The rear stitch began to separate after one ride.
Do not buy this short if you're looking for something that's suited to mountain biking. The material is so thin, it offers little protection. Big disappointment. I also have the Alpinestars Manual short, and it's what I recommend, though it's much more expensive.
Bought these in 1998, looks like they haven't changed in over 10 years, and they are still going strong! They have the smoothest action of any skewer I've used and the finish has resisted fading very well, nor as any part of the skewer rusted. They are simply superb! BUY THEM.