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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award  
Price $139.99 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros Lightweight, very good power transfer, breathableGood 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 openingSuper lightweight, exceptionally breathable, stiff, customizable insoles
Cons Lacking side protection on the mid-footLacks protection on the sides of the midfoot and top of forefootHeavy, not waterproofNot waterproof, velcro strap too longMinimal foot protection, runs small (need to size up), too stiff for hike-a-bikes, expensive
Bottom Line A solid choice for the rider looking for a feature packed shoe that does not break the bankA 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 pointIncredibly lightweight, breathable, stiff shoe best suited for the cross-country rider with a narrow foot
Rating Categories Scott MTB Elite Boa Lady Pearl Izumi X-ALP Elevate Traverse Five Ten Hellcat - Women's Giro Empire VR90 - Women's
Comfort (25%)
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9
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8
Walkability (25%)
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Stability And Control (20%)
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Protection (15%)
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Weight (15%)
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Specs Scott MTB Elite... Pearl Izumi X-ALP... Traverse Five Ten Hellcat -... Giro Empire VR90 -...
Measured Weight (g) 351 351 450 437 298
Outsole Sticki rubber Vibram Megagrip DST 8.0 MID GRIP Rubber Stealth C4 rubber Easton EC90 carbon fiber, Vibram rubber outsole
Closure Boa, hook-and-loop strap Velcro/Boa Laces/Velcro Laces/Velcro Laces
Upper Material Microfiber, 3D nylon air mesh 3-layer bonded synthetic Synthetic & D30 Synthetic weather-resistant micro-perforated, EVA Premium EvoFiber
Footbed ErgoLogic EVA Foam EVA Foam EVA Foam Super Natural Fit Kit
Sole Fiberglass-reinforced nylon nylon and carbon composite shank, EVA D30 High Impact Insole Three-quarter dual-density TPU shank, EVA midsole Easton EC90 Carbon fiber
Size Tested EU 39 EU 40 EU 39.5 / US 8.5 EU 40 2/3 / US 8.5 EU41
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