This is a high performance all mountain shoe that compares to a cross-country racing shoe in the way a hiking shoe differs from a running shoe. The Mavic Mantra Shoe has a stiff carbon outsole, but it is tuned for more walking and covered in more rubber to make the hike-a-bike sections easier. No toe spikes, but more aggressive rubber lugs all around. A wide rubber bumper protects the entire toe box from getting roughed up on rough stuff. Another plus for us is the two Velcro straps, Mavic's Comfort Strap XL. Buckles, while great at securing your foot, are always ripe for breaking on a rock. Mavic has taken a nice, wide Velcro strap, an innovation that crazily enough first arrived on triathlon shoes, and runs it across the top of the foot. A wide strap both dissipates pressure over a greater surface area and gives the strap more loops for Velcro hooks to hang on, so it's not only more comfy, but more secure. Inside the upper is a seamless interior. Seams can abrade and chafe, even through socks. Mavic calls this their Ergo Lite Upper. At the bottom is the Ergo Fit 3D insole. It has three densities of padding, along with a nice heel cup and metatarsal pad. The insole is covered in an anti-bacterial material that resists stink. Atop the interior is the XL Vent Tongue, a breathable, open-cell EVA foam that allows your foot to breathe while further dissipating pressure from the straps. The Mavic Mantra Shoe comes in sizes 4.5-12 in whole and half sizes (37.33 to 47.33 in Euro sizing). The color is Black with Grey. Weight (for a size 8.5 shoe) is 415g per shoe.
a Weekend Warrior
from Irvine, CA
Date Reviewed: October 29, 2010
Strengths: Stiff. No hot spots. No pressure points on top of foot. Easy to walk in.
Weaknesses: Cleat setup with Crank Bros. Acids is a little akward.
These shoes are worth the price (at least the price I paid). I had tried them on at my LBS, but was reluctant to drop $250 on them (MSRP has since been dropped to $220). When I found them online for $180 with no tax or shipping costs, I figured I'd give them a shot. I haven't been disappointed in the least. They're the most comfortable shoes I've ever used, and the soles might be the stiffest I've felt. Power transfer hasn't dropped since using these, which wasn't concern I had, but may be for some. The giant velcro strap eliminates any pressure points. I tend to ride more aggressive AM, and have put these shoes throught their paces. The rubber toe caps offer great protection and durability. Hiking in them is easy too, as they don't have the "rocker" effect most XC shoes have. Lastly, having been through a SoCal summer, I can say that these shoes breath very well for how rugged they're built.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2009
Strengths: Good fit, stiff, light.
Weaknesses: Look like moon shoes, pricey!
These Mavic shoes are terrific. Very stiff carbon sole fits true to size, excellent fit ( I bought a uk 10, wear a 45 and 10.5 us) and easy to use. I was skeptical about the two velcro straps but they are very secure and easy to use. The fit is somewhat narrow, very form fitting for a trail shoe and there is very little if any heellift. I did add a pair of green superfeet insoles.
Shoe is very light and come with weatherproof overboots and two sets of cleat guards which are way stiffer and more useful than the Crank Brothers shoe shields.
The sole has plenty of tread and is fairly comforatable for hiking, (more comfort than a Sidi but less than an eva hiking/mbt shoe).
The shoes seem well made (even though made in China). I have found no flaws in the wokmanship or offences to my feet as with most other china-made shoes. I have gone to buying two pairs of china shoes like Shimano and Pearl Izumi because at least half of all shoes made in china are garbage, and cant be worn!
The only drawback is the outward style which looks like a 60's B movie space shoe, and the cleat adaptor screw inserts are quite loose and float around a bit and are a little difficult to use. But not a big problem, once screws are inseted adjustement is fine!
These are a good shoe for someone who wants a high performance shoe that one can actually hike in (a little). Much stiffer than an average trail shoe, better for walking than a race shoe!
Disclaimer- I only have 30 miles or so on the shoe and they perform great...so far.