Awards Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award  
Price $180 List$159.95 at Competitive Cyclist$94.96 at Competitive Cyclist
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$140 List$224.95 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros Good power transfer, grippy Vibram outsole, lots of fore/aft cleat adjustmentComfortable, excellent protection, excellent power transfer, easy to clip in and out of, great for hike-a-bikeComfortable, stiff, good power transfer, large cleat openingLightweight, very good power transfer, breathableSuper lightweight, exceptionally breathable, stiff, customizable insoles
Cons Lacks protection on the sides of the midfoot and top of forefootHeavy, not waterproofNot waterproof, velcro strap too longLacking side protection on the mid-footMinimal foot protection, runs small (need to size up), too stiff for hike-a-bikes, expensive
Bottom Line A good choice for those seeking a shoe with good power transfer and stability without a weight penaltyIf you’re looking for a comfortable shoe with maximum protection and stability look no furtherEarning our Best Bang for Your Buck award, the Hellcat combines a stiff, shock absorbing sole, with protective, breathable uppers all at a modest price pointA solid choice for the rider looking for a feature packed shoe that does not break the bankIncredibly lightweight, breathable, stiff shoe best suited for the cross-country rider with a narrow foot
Rating Categories X-ALP Elevate Traverse Five Ten Hellcat MTB Elite Boa Lady Empire VR90
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Specs X-ALP Elevate Traverse Five Ten Hellcat MTB Elite Boa Lady Empire VR90
Measured Weight (g) 351 450 437 351 298
Outsole Vibram Megagrip DST 8.0 MID GRIP Rubber Stealth C4 rubber Sticki rubber Easton EC90 carbon fiber, Vibram rubber outsole
Closure Velcro/Boa Laces/Velcro Laces/Velcro Boa, hook-and-loop strap Laces
Upper Material 3-layer bonded synthetic Synthetic & D30 Synthetic weather-resistant micro-perforated, EVA Microfiber, 3D nylon air mesh Premium EvoFiber
Footbed EVA Foam EVA Foam EVA Foam ErgoLogic Super Natural Fit Kit
Sole nylon and carbon composite shank, EVA D30 High Impact Insole Three-quarter dual-density TPU shank, EVA midsole Fiberglass-reinforced nylon Easton EC90 Carbon fiber
Size Tested EU 40 EU 39.5 / US 8.5 EU 40 2/3 / US 8.5 EU 39 EU41
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