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Northwave Extreme shoes

Low weight often requires compromise, either in a flimsy sole or upper, but that’s not so with the Extremes, which use Northwave’s robust SLW2 closure system — two dials and a Velcro strap — to provide an even, hot-spot free fit. The carbon sole is quite stiff, as one would…

Weight

501

Price

$375

Brand

Northwave


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Low weight often requires compromise, either in a flimsy sole or upper, but that’s not so with the Extremes, which use Northwave’s robust SLW2 closure system — two dials and a Velcro strap — to provide an even, hot-spot free fit.

The carbon sole is quite stiff, as one would expect, and has a vent hole under the toe.

The heel cup is one of the best we’ve tried. Unidirectional fibers act a bit like soft sharkskin, preventing the heel from rising up while allowing it to slide into the shoe easily. The result is a firm, solid hold, even with the dials left quite loose.

Northwave has a trick up its sleeve for riders on Speedplay pedals. The two companies worked together to create a custom Speedplay adapter, which drops the stack height 2.5mm (from 3mm of a normal adapter to just .05mm).