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Northwave Raptor GTX Winter SPD MTB Shoes

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The Northwave Raptor GTX winter MTB boots are designed for comfort, warmth and performance in temperatures as low -3 degrees.

GoreTex Pique membrane:

Constructed from GoreTex's Pique membrane a winter specific material suitable for temperatures from -3 to +15°C these MTB boots supply all the warmth and comfort needed in these winter conditions.

They offer a waterproof barrier with great thermal insulation and breathability with the same excellent power transfer that you expect from Northwave boots.

Carbon reinforced sole:

The Jaws Carbon Reinforced sole is highly stiff rated 8 by Northwave as well as supplying all the grip needed for winter rides with its aggressive tread pattern. The addition of the Climaflex collar completes the package as a pair of superb boots to tackle off-road winter rides for 2017/18.

Climaflex collar:

No matter the season riders just want to focus on pedalling and maximizing their performance with no distractions. Northwave’s next generation of winter boots is now one-step closer to riders’ needs with the brand new Climaflex collar construction.

Free from overlaps and Velcro the Climaflex collar is designed to deliver unprecedented mobility for riders and make their winter boots feel like an extension of their legs.

Without the use of conventional Velcro multi-panel ankle designs that limit your body’s natural movements the foot and ankle feel like an integral part of the body as soon as the boots are on to they fit like a seamless connection that minimizes hotspots.

This unbeatable freedom of movement sets a before-and-after for winter shoes that perfectly matches the Climaflex protection from the weather created by the combination of soft highly insulating thermal Neoprene and the extremely elastic Gore-Tex Rattler membrane in key areas. The two synergistically create a wind- and waterproof barrier that keeps feet warm and cosy.

Key Features:

    • Jaws Carbon Reinforced sole with a stiffness index of 8.0 and natural rubber tread for enhanced grip
    • The water- and windproof Gore-Tex® Pique membrane keeps your feet perfectly insulated and warm even at -3°C
    • Ultra-snug fitting upper with BioMap Aero Overlap construction reduces aerodynamic drag
    • Extra thermal coating strategically placed on the toe
    • TPU reinforcements ensure 360° protection along the entire upper
    • SLW2 dial: the only one with step-by-step and full release in a single button
    • The Climaflex collar made of extremely elastic Gore-Tex Rattler® membrane and highly insulating Neoprene delivers unprecedented mobility and protection from the weather
    • Integrated heel system ensures efficient heel retention
    • Special GTX footbed works in synergy with the membrane
    • 360° reflective inserts

Northwave Raptor GTX Winter SPD MTB Shoes Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.8
out of 5
4.83
Build Quality
5.00
Performance
5.00
Value For Money
4.50

Customer Reviews (2)

5
northwave raptor gtx

Excellent boots for really cold rides. the sizes are generous and will allow thick socks which would in my opinion would not be needed.

Excellent boots for really cold rides. the sizes are generous and will allow thick socks which would in my opinion would not be needed.

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4.7 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
5
Very Pleased

These are a great shoe. Comparing them to my Giro Privateer R shoes they feel much lighter when worn and I do not get the pain in the arches of my feet I get while wearing the Giro's, they almost feel like I have no shoes on, for me they are very comfortable. The sizing is good, people say with cycling shoes to generally go one size up, which I did with the Giro's, but with Northwave I didn't, they are sized up from manufacturing. I am a UK 10/EU 45. I bought the EU 45 (going off of the standardised shoe conversion rates for a UK 10 and seeing that Northwave size the EU 45 at a UK 11) of the Northwave and they arrived as a EU 45, but Northwave conversion is a UK 11 (the sizing in the tongue even says EU 45 UK 11 and so too do the size guides listed on the retailers websites for Northwave), so they have plenty of room for my UK feet, in my opinion, enough room for a thicker sock when buying my usual EU shoe size, although I haven't felt the need for a thicker sock. I have ridden with these in 2 degrees Celsius ground temperature, early morning autumn temperatures and I have not felt cold at all. Like people have said in other reviews elsewhere, they can be a pain to get on, but neoprene wet suits are a pain to get on too... Other people have said that they are not waterproof. They are made with Gore-Tex membrane, which is waterproof, so they either received a faulty pair or water ran down their legs and through the uncovered hole they put their feet in to get the shoe on. With Gore-Tex trousers on, which cover the hole you slide your foot into, and these Northwave shoes, I have not had a wet foot yet. These are my first Northwave product and may have just turned into a fan boy... I feel they are that good! I cannot complain about price as I only paid £109 with sale discounts and vouchers.

These are a great shoe. Comparing them to my Giro Privateer R shoes they feel much lighter when worn and I do not get the pain in the arches of my feet I get while wearing the Giro's, they almost feel like I have no shoes on, for me they are very comfortable. The sizing is good, people say with cycling shoes to generally go one size up, which I did with the Giro's, but with Northwave I didn't, they are sized up from manufacturing. I am a UK 10/EU 45. I bought the EU 45 (going off of the standardised shoe conversion rates for a UK 10 and seeing that Northwave size the EU 45 at a UK 11) of the Northwave and they arrived as a EU 45, but Northwave conversion is a UK 11 (the sizing in the tongue even says EU 45 UK 11 and so too do the size guides listed on the retailers websites for Northwave), so they have plenty of room for my UK feet, in my opinion, enough room for a thicker sock when buying my usual EU shoe size, although I haven't felt the need for a thicker sock. I have ridden with these in 2 degrees Celsius ground temperature, early morning autumn temperatures and I have not felt cold at all. Like people have said in other reviews elsewhere, they can be a pain to get on, but neoprene wet suits are a pain to get on too... Other people have said that they are not waterproof. They are made with Gore-Tex membrane, which is waterproof, so they either received a faulty pair or water ran down their legs and through the uncovered hole they put their feet in to get the shoe on. With Gore-Tex trousers on, which cover the hole you slide your foot into, and these Northwave shoes, I have not had a wet foot yet. These are my first Northwave product and may have just turned into a fan boy... I feel they are that good! I cannot complain about price as I only paid £109 with sale discounts and vouchers.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5

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2.5 35.5
3 36
3.5 36.5
4 37
4.5 37.5
5 38
5.5 38.5
6 39
6.5 40
7 41
7.5 41.5
8 42
8.5 42.5
9 43
9.5 44
10 45
10.5 45.5
11 46
11.5 46.5
12 47
12.5 47.5
13 48
13.5 48.5
14 49
14.5 50
15 51


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7.5 25
8 25.5
8.5 26
9 27
9.5 27.5
10 28
10.5 28.5
11 29
11.5 29.5
12 30
12.5 31
13 32
13.5 32.5
1 33
1.5 33.5
2 34
2.5 35

 

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Mountain Bike Shoe Guide

Mountain Bike Shoes

Mountain bike shoes are built tough to stand up to the rigours of off-road riding. Soles are stiff for efficient pedalling but tend to have more flexibility than road cycling shoes. This makes for easier walking. MTB shoes are made to keep your feet firmly on the pedals. There are two basic types: those that have holes in the bottom, for fitting the cleats that clip into clipless SPD pedals, and those made to work with flat pedals.


Do I need clipless or flat pedal shoes?

The type of shoes you will need depend on the pedals that you use. Most mountain bikers will have a preference for either ‘clips’ or ‘flats’. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages.

Flat pedal shoes

Designed to work with flat or platform pedals, flat pedal shoes are becoming more popular with mountain bikers. This is thanks to the extra grippy soles. Traditionally your shoes would slip off the pedals easily as soon as they got wet or muddy. This has all changed now. Modern flat pedal shoes have ‘sticky’ rubber compounds which help them grip the pedals in wet conditions. The first time you try these shoes you will be shocked at how well they stay put when covered in sloppy mud.

Legendary downhiller-turned enduro racer Sam Hill often prefers to ride flat pedals

The great advantage of flat pedals is that it is much easier to take your foot off the pedal and then put it back on again. This is especially useful when riding loose corners. A quick dab of the foot can keep you upright when the bike begins to slide. Riding with flat pedals also forces you to develop proper bike handling skills as you can’t pull up on the pedals to get the back wheel off the ground.

Flats are ideal for beginners and recreational riders as you don’t need to learn how to clip in and out. Flat are also popular with MTB enthusiasts, and you will even find some topflight gravity riders who race on flats.


Clipless SPD compatible shoes

The term clipless can be a bit confusing, so it’s worth a quick explanation. Traditionally, cyclists would use toe clips that wrapped around the shoe to hold their foot firmly on the pedals. Clipless SPD pedals do away with the toe clip and use cleats that attach to the pedals instead. Initially developed for road cycling SPD style pedals are now more popular with mountain bikers. This is because they are much easier to clip in and out of compared to modern road cycling pedals.

Mountain biker using SPD shoes

Clipless pedals have a major advantage over flats as they stop your foot bouncing off the pedals when riding over rough terrain. This means that you can still pedal efficiently over very rough ground. Without the need for sticky rubber soles, clipless pedals also transfer your pedalling power to the wheels more efficiently. It does take a bit of practice to get used to clipping in and out of clipless pedals, but most riders master this quickly.

Clipless pedals and shoes are best for racing but are also a good choice for recreational cycling. All Cross-country racers and most gravity racers use clipless pedals. It is more of a personal choice when riding for fun. Clipless pedals are best for climbing but many riders prefer descending on flats, the choice is up to you.


Soles

All mountain bike shoes have stiff soles designed for pedalling. If the soles are too stiff it can make it very difficult to walk, a real problem if you need to push the bike up a steep bit of trail. For this reason, clipless SPD compatible shoes will have extra tread or studs on the toe. This gives you some grip when walking up slippery inclines. As they are designed to work with a wide pedal platform, flat pedal shoes are more flexible. This makes them much easier to walk in, and the sticky rubber compound gives you grip on wet ground.

Soles of MTB shoes

Some SPD compatible pedals are also suitable for use with flats as they have a cover over the recessed area used to attach the cleat. These shoes don’t have sticky rubber soles though, so they won’t perform as well as dedicated flat pedal shoes in wet and muddy conditions.


Uppers

Shoes with ventilated uppers help your feet to breath and prevent overheating on hot days. When combined with waterproof socks you can use these shoes all-year-round. Dedicated winter MTB boots with waterproof lining help to keep your feet warm and dry when it is really cold and wet.

MTB shoe upper

Laces, straps, ratchets and BOAs

As with road cycling shoes there are number of different fastenings on mountain bike shoes. Because you don’t ‘pull up’ on the pedals, flat pedal shoes mostly use traditional laces. Sometimes these are combined with a Velcro strap for added security.

Clipless SPD compatible shoes benefit from a tighter fit. Velcro straps are a convenient way to get a nice snug fit and you will find these on many entry level MTB shoes. Ratchet buckle closures give you a more secure fit and are easy to adjust.

MTB shoe fastening

BOA is a lace up system without the laces. Instead they use steel laces with nylon guides and a dial for easy closure and adjustment. As well as offering a very snug fit, BOA systems equalize pressure across the whole foot which is a major advantage. The BOA system is micro adjustable, so you can fine tune the fit more closely than with a ratchet. Two-way BOA dials make it very easy to adjust the fit during a ride.

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