The Elite CMs deliver race-winning performance in a weather-beating format. To put them into context, there are loads of well-sealed, warm winter boots available — but when it comes to the sole stiffness and upper security required for efficient power delivery, the best you could previously hope for was 'okay'. Most winter boots also come with a weight penalty that makes them feel like wellies.
At under 900g (muddy size EU44s with cleats), the Elite CMs don’t feel heavy when pedalling or running with your bike. The upper structure, with its Velcro forefoot straps and soft-grip Ergo Dial, is the same as that of Mavic’s Crossmax Elite race shoe and delivers a snug, efficiently stable fit for getting the power down.
As for the sole, it’s stiff enough to feel good when sprinting, without numbing as the mileage rises. A soft-compound Contragrip Premium tread also gives good wet rock/root grip.
The solid, weather-shrugging toe and tongue make a massive comfort difference in cold conditions, while the neoprene collar provides splash protection and keeps your ankles warm even when wet.
Price-wise they come in at the same cost as an equivalent pair of race shoes plus overshoes.