Mavic Scree boots review£154.99

Weatherproof riding boots with stiff soles

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Mavic have built up a great reputation for top performance footwear for those who can afford it, and the Screes deliver exactly that to discerning all-weather trail riders. 

With dials, fishing line and ratchets becoming more popular, it’s a relief to find a simple four-strap, Velcro-secured closure – especially if you’re trying to get them off with wet or frozen hands. The top strap gets an elastic anchor piece so it stretches to allow unrestricted movement despite the fat tongue and tall ankle. 

The low-cut ankle backs and heel pull-straps make it easy to pull them on and off, but the rubberised heel wraps still keep them secure when stomping the pedals or toeing up a steep pitch on foot.

The broad toes also get  thick reinforced bumpers for effective protection against trailside logs and rocks when you kick them by accident. Unintentionally volleying a stone flicked up from the front wheel won’t stub your toes either. 

The real protection you’re paying for is weatherproofing, thanks to full height Gore-Tex liners. These combine with the fat tongues to seal them well from rain, snow or drizzle.

They’re not as well sealed round the ankle as a full winter boot, so big splashes will flood over the top, but so long as they stay dry the insulation means they’re just as warm as most full-on boots. 

Unlike those walking boot-style shoes, these have stiff and relatively low-profile soles, so you can give the bike gas on climbs without your feet flopping over the pedals.

It also helps you kick the ‘Contra-Grip’ tread into soft slopes when off the bike, but compromises extended rambling comfort. Mavic shoes are generally bombproof, which eases the initial expense.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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