Italian company Northwave have just recently pulled the covers off their brand new top-of-the-range carbon mountain bike shoes. Creatively labelled as the “Extreme Tech MTB Plus” (so catchy right?), they’re built for the pointy end, with a lightweight and stiff carbon fiber sole, a slender and supple Microtech upper, and a clever retention system that’ll kiss goodbye Velcro and buckles. The Italians have always been well known for producing fine footwear, so we’re looking forward to hitting the pedals with these swish toe-tappers. Read on for more details;
The Northwave Extreme Tech MTB Plus shoes feature:
- Performance level mountain bike race shoes
- Upper: Ultralight microfiber
- Fit: Biomap without stitchings
- Retention system: SLW2
- Sole: Ultralight Mtb Carbon
- PU thermowelded reinforcements
- Footbed: Extreme Air
- Weight: 280 grams
- Sizes: 36 – 48
The micrometric system S.L.W. 2 (Speed Lace Winch) represents the evolution of the closure system. Maximum precision and modularity. The innovative step by step closure means you can tighten and enlarge the fit in a few moments. The side button provides a dual function: by pressing, it features a micrometric release and lifting it allows a complete and immediate opening of the shoe. More lightweight and thinner. The dial has been completely redesigned in size and weight, resulting in being significantly lighter and thinner. The external covering in soft touch material also makes the grip more effective. The ergonomic shape of the S.L.W. 2 ratchet follows the anatomy of the foot to make it really comfortable. The S.L.W. 2 ratchet is easily replaceable. The cables come from the best technology derived from the world of sailing.
In an interesting move for a top-end race shoe, Northwave have gone to rubber giant Vibram to source the tread for the Extreme Tech MTB Plus shoes. Normally found on full-on DH shoes such as the AM45’s from Shimano, the sticky Vibram rubber should provide a lot more grip than the usual plastic tread found on cross country race shoes. We likey a lot.
The ultralight Mtb sole is entirely made of ultrathin carbon. It combines extreme stiffness with a record-breaking weight because the result of biomechanical studies that allowed us to structure the sole only where it was necessary for the pedal stroke. The amazing reduced thickness is the result of a major integration between the sole and the upper. First on the market, the ultralight Mtb sole features as world exclusive Vibram® rubber cleats for unmatched grip.
On paper, the new Extreme Tech MTB Plus shoes certainly look the goods. However, we really think that the name could do with an extra ‘Super’ or perhaps even ‘Ultra’. We’ll have a full review of the new Northwave shoes coming up in our new issue of Enduro Magazine, though in the meantime you can get in touch with Bikesportz to find your nearest dealer;