Mavic Drift winter boots review£160.00

Disappointing wet weather performance

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We’re big fans of Mavic’s footwear in performance terms so we were first on the list for a set of their Drift winter boots. Unfortunately, while they’re great in dry/cold weather, gaps in the design mean they don’t do well in wetter conditions.

From the bottom up, the Terra Grip sole gives excellent soft compound grip on wet roots and rocks when your tyres finally give up. We didn’t miss having toe studs (they nearly always fall out anyway) and the cleat area clears mud fast. There’s extra rubber toe and heel protection for durability and to reduce the pain of stubbing cold toes.

The multi-layer Ergo Fit insole gives good support underfoot and the three-strap closure is easy to adjust to clamp the boot down tight for power or leave it loose for circulation. A Gore-Tex liner stops water seeping in if you stand in puddles and there’s enough insulation to keep the Drifts warm as long as they stay dry.

Unfortunately, there’s a big gap between the fat tongue and the Neoprene cuff so any puddle splash sluices straight into your foot, making you wonder why on earth you paid £160 to end up as wet and cold as normal.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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