While Mavic's line of wheels remains a conservative stalwart in the industry's current bandwagon atmosphere, the French firm's latest footwear offerings represent a more radical departure from the current norm. The men's Ksyrium Pro II Shoes are a prime example of this willingness to thinker, with the brand's stand-out Ergo Straps serving as the first indication that the shoes have something different under the hood.
That big difference comes in the form of the Endofit tongue construction, a design adapted to the cycling world from athletic footwear giant Salomon. Endofit is a sleeve that wraps the midfoot to anchor the shoe securely in the middle while allowing play in the toe box and metatarsal area. The shoe doesn't wiggle while grinding up punchy climbs, but it also doesn't crush the more hotspot-prone areas of the foot.
This last design is held in place with the above mentioned Ergo Straps — which combine the time-tested hold of hook-and-loop straps with aramid cables — and a ratcheting Ergo Dial. The outsole is the same light, stiff, carbon-reinforced model used throughout most of the Ksyrium line, and the deleterious impact that its stiffness would have on your foot is mitigated by the inclusion of Mavic's Ergo Fit 3D OrthLite insole, which combines strategic support and relief with the technical accuracy normally reserved for a high-end chamois.
Is the size measured based on US size?