Get access to everything we publish when you join VeloNews or Outside+.
Renowned Italian cobbler Northwave announces its new, top-of-the-range 2010 Razer mountain bike shoe. It’s geared toward racers and elite riders as a lightweight, performance driven design.
Using experience from the Aerlite MTB series, Northwave designed an entirely new sole and upper for the Razer. With research and athlete input, Northwave’s 2010 top shelf shoe is lighter, offers a more supple upper and has a thinner carbon sole to bring the foot closer to pedal. These characteristics have been achieved without sacrificing ventilation or stiffness in the sole or support for the foot in the upper.
The new sole, dubbed “The Thin Profile Sole,” has a much lower profile in the outer sole itself. This reduces overall weight and permits an easier, more intuitive pedal interface. The outsole traction lugs are also improved, with dual-density rubber. One is a softer durometer for sure grip on all surfaces, while the other is firmer and gives excellent support and greater durability. This structural sole is supported by carbon layer that gives the shoe its overall stiffness, but at the same time is thinner than ones used in the past giving it lower foot-to-pedal stack height.
The all-new upper uses more supple materials and Northwave’s Aerator System for ample ventilation. There are no overlapping materials and the mesh is placed in key areas for maximum foot comfort. A new “Omega” heel cup gives the Razer superior heel stability and allows for cooling via rear air vents. Northwave continues to use its ASR2 instep closing system including the innovative S.B.S. buckle. This allows for a precise closure over the instep area giving the greater control and power transmission. The size range has also been lowered allowing for more women to step into the Razer.
The $250 Razer has already been in use on the World Cup MTB circuit with European Cross Country Champion Ralf Naf riding to victory and long-time Northwave athlete Jose Hermida, who both ride for the successful Multi Van-Merida MTB Team. It’s available in full sizes 37-47, and half sizes 39.5-45.5