Northwave Winter Boots–Because there’s Nothing Worse than Cold Feet!

published by bktr on 18/10/2017 10:08:34

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If there is such a thing as a ‘must-have’ piece of kit for winter, then surely Northwave boots are it. These winter riding staples have been around for a long time, and their current iteration has been brought bang up to date with a new design and a few smart new features. We’ve got two fantastic re-designs of old models to show you, one for road and one for mountain, with the GTX and GTX Arctic options available on both.

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Winter road riding can be challenging. Hitting 50mph with wet feet is bad enough, but when the air temperature is less than 5 degrees it can suck the fun out of any ride. There are all sorts of things you can do to combat this – Sealskinz socks, overshoes, staying indoors – but we reckon the best option is to get a decent set of winter boots. By far the most popular winter boot in our Ings shop is the Northwave Flash GTX – and when you look at some of the specs it’s easy to see why. Integral to the design of the Flash GTX is the use of a waterproof and windproof Gor-Tex Pique lining, which provides weather resistance and insulation down to –3 degrees. This is combined with a Gor-Tex Rattler elastic and neoprene collar do improve mobility, without compromising on weather resistance.

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The whole shoe has been built around a carbon reinforced sole with a stiffness index of 8.0, so you will be able to maintain optimal power through each pedal stroke. New for this year is the SLW2 dial and fastening system, which allows for step-by-step adjustment, even when wearing winter gloves. For when the coniditions get really bad, we also have the Northwave Flash GTX Arctic, which has an insulated fleece lining – perfect for those who can never keep their toes warm in winter!

Mountain biking poses its own set of problems in the winter. However great Sealskinz and overshoes are – they are never that appealing when you find one caked in mud at the bottom of your kit bag. For real protection from the elements, the best option is a set of warm, waterproof winter boots. The Northwave Raptor GTX features the same Gor-Tex fabrics as the Flash, providing warmth and comfort in wet and cold conditions. The sole of the Raptor GTX has the same high stiffness construction, but also features a grippy rubber tread for when you’re off the pedals. Cyclocross riders will be pleased to see that the Raptor GTX can take spikes, giving you a competitive edge in races.

 

Footwear is always important when riding, after all it is our contact point between our feet and the pedals. Getting it wrong in summer can be bad, but getting it wrong in winter can be disastrous. The Northwave range provides a host of great winter riding options with some really smart design features. For those of you who prefer to ride flats, then take a look at Five Ten’s Freerider EPS Primaloft lined flat pedal shoes – which provide insulation and weather resistance. If you would like any more information about any of these shoes, or would like any advice on winter riding kit in general, then feel free to pop into either of our stores and we’ll be glad to point you in the right direction!

 

Joe