MAVIC MEN'S SHOES - ROAD
If you're looking for top-level triathlon shoes with every imaginable technological offering, the Mavic Tri Helium Shoes are the obvious choice. And lucky for you, Mavic understands that the winning recipe for triathlon shoes features a whole lot of comfort, sprinkled with an easy entry and exit, and a direct and efficient power transfer.
The Tri Helium uses Mavic's Energy carbon fiber SLR outsole. Not only does this design minimize weight, but with its rigid composition and low stack height, the carbon outsole experiences little energy loss during the transfer to the pedals. Additionally, Mavic mated the outsole with what it calls its Energy Frame Carbon SL Concept. Basically, you can think of this as an inlaid skeletal support over the longitude of the shoes' arch area. Not only does this carbon frame reduce the amount of material needed, but it also provides a greater level of lateral support, medial support, and foothold than traditional upper materials like leather or microfiber. And going even further into efficiency, Mavic also added its carbon fiber 3D heel counter. Now, the heel is secured above the calcaneous bone in order to eliminate heel slippage. Energy transmission is maximized throughout the shoe, but while using half of the weight than a traditionally injected heel counter.
Along the lines of comfort, you'll notice that the majority of the Tri Helium's uppers are comprised of a highly breathable mesh. This way, moisture is quickly evaporated after T1 and during your ride. You'll also find that Mavic incorporated its most sophisticated insole, the Ergo Fit SL. This insole features a three-layer construction that targets the dampening of ride vibration, moisture management, breathability, and antimicrobial protection.
For the entry and exit, Mavic understands that triathlon plays by another set of rules. Its hallmark ratcheting system and buckles aren't relevant to your discipline, so, Mavic incorporated its Ergo carbon SL strap, mated with a trimmable 'burrito-wrap' upper. What does this mean? Well, the Helium features an opening that runs over nearly the entire top of the shoe. The burrito analogy is drawn from its upper construction where one layer of the upper wraps over the other. This allows you to really dial in the volume of the shoe, whether it be for training or on-the-fly during a race. For your T1 transitions, the two-strap closure system is a breeze. The large top strap opens away from the drivetrain to allow a quick and seamless securing of the shoe. As for the bottom strap, you'll find that this is used less for transitions, and more left alone once you've established your desired volume and fit. However, the gripper tabs placement on the strap simplifies any adjustments that you might need to make from the saddle. To really speed up T1, Mavic has also included a durable pull-tab at the heel, and the burrito flap easily remains open from the point of setup to when you get out of the water.
The Mavic Tri Helium Shoes are available in the color Yellow Mavic and in whole and half sizes from 4.0 to 12.5.