After riding for a few years, you're finally ready to step up to a responsive shoe that transmits power into rapid acceleration while retaining a secure, foot-conforming fit. The Mavic Women's Sequence XC Elite Shoe fills this niche quite nicely, thanks to its Energy Terra Grip Carbon Comp sole paired with supportive, micro-adjustable lacing. It represents a definitive step-up from Mavic's entry-level offerings, yet still leaves room in your wallet for weekend riding trips and entry fees to your local race series. Dialing in a micro-adjustable fit along the shoe's upper, the Ergo Dial maintains the support desired for riding on flowing cross-country loops. Its quick-release functionality also makes removal a painless affair, which is especially nice after a punishing day on the trail. The Ergo Dial is paired with two Ergo Straps along the mid-foot and lower for easy adjustments on the trail. Standing out as its most notable feature, the Energy Terra Grip Carbon Comp sole maintains the dependable strength and rigidity desired by cross-country riders and recreational racers alike. Its mid-level stiffness efficiently transmits power during training rides and races, but without being overly aggressive when you're riding for fun on the weekends. The sole is outfitted with aggressive traction lugs of Contagrip rubber for terrain-chewing grip when you're dismounting across rocky trail sections.