Who should buy the Northwave Extreme
From the Italian footwear brand comes the Northwave Extreme. An eye-catching performance-driven cycling shoe was released in 2016. It is a solid option if you:
- Need a shoe that brings comfort, looks, and power in one package.
- Need a shoe that has Ultralight Carbon 14 and provides a high percentage of rigidity-to-weight scale.
- Need a shoe that features excellent ventilation and shaping after the foot.
Northwave Extreme's ultralight carbon 14 sole
Equipped with the Ultralight Carbon 14 sole, the Northwave Extreme efficiently transfers every watt of energy to the bike. The sole technology is crafted from 100% unidirectional carbon. It is known for its unmatched lightness and minimum thickness.
Provides stability and traction
This pair incorporates rubber pads on the toe and heel area. These pads serve a dual purpose: to provide stability and traction for the rider when standing or walking short distances and to prevent scraping on the sole.
The outsole has seven ventilation pockets to keep the foot nice and dry even in the hot weather.
Three-bolt road cleat mount
The Northwave Extreme features a standard three-bolt road cleat mount. Some of the pedal models that are suitable for this shoe are Shimano 105 R7000, Time I-Clic and Xpresso, Look Keo Blade Carbon and Speedplay Zero.
Since carbon soles have a smooth texture, clipping onto the pedal might be tricky and could require several tries. Northwave has made a solution to this by applying a somewhat rough patch in the cleat area to avoid slipping and retries.
Speedplay Adapter compatible
Northwave and Speedplay collaborated together in developing an exclusive and patented adapter for NW shoes. This adapter helps reduce the distance between the foot and the pedal to just 0.5 mm versus the traditional 3 mm. With a closer feel to the pedal, maximum power transfer is easily achieved. The adapter is made of nylon with a thin aluminum plate. It is sold separately.
The brand developed a micro-perforated BioMap upper with the help of famous athletes. This microfiber upper is designed to operate in perfect synergy with the foot’s natural movement while pedaling.
The placement of seams and construction design ensures an optimal fit, the best comfort, and the most efficient performance.
The Northwave Extreme road shoe employs a reflective coating throughout the upper for 360-degree visibility in dimly light places. Hence, enhancing the wearer’s level of safety. With your presence accentuated on the road, going on a ride after the sun sets should not be a problem.
Maximum precision and adjustability
Incorporating the brand’s SLW2 dials, this pair offers the perfect fit through the dials’ step by step closure. This means you can quickly tighten and loosen the fit accurately. Up in the toe area, an extra strap helps secure this part and provides exceptional pressure distribution.
Tightening the dial is simple, just turn the dial to fasten in micro measures. In order to loosen the dials, a side button is provided to function in two ways. It could be pressed to release in increments while lifting it allows a complete opening of the shoe. Note that the dials are replaceable.
Integrated heel system of the Northwave Extreme
The heel cup of the Northwave Extreme is hiding inside the upper’s structure, displaying a clean and minimal look. Working in conjunction with the inner heel cup is a fabric with directional fibers to keep the heel from sliding out of the shoe.
The shoe employs the Extreme Air Evo insole, which offers adequate in-step comfort. It also features perforations placed directly on top of the sole’s vent pockets.