Verdict from 4 experts and 19 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers applaud the Northwave Razer's impeccable comfort.
  • This mountain bike shoe yields good power transfer, according to many users.
  • The Northwave Razer's materials and construction are of excellent quality, say a handful of buyers.
  • Some riders applaud this pair's highly adjustable closure system.
  • A number of consumers find it aesthetically appealing.
  • It is easy to walk in these Northwave MTB shoes, claim a few testers.
  • Reflective inserts are an excellent addition as they enhance safety, say a couple of cyclists.
  • A reviewer appreciates this footwear's breathable build.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers gripe that the toe studs weren't included in the purchase.
  • A wearer claims that his pinky toe kept rubbing on the shoe.

Bottom line

Wearing the Northwave Razer MTB shoes equates to efficient performance and optimal comfort on and off the mountain bike. It also entices mountain bike riders who love a lightweight and minimally designed footwear.

Despite the minor flaws of this Northwave shoe, it offers great qualities and excellent value to most cyclists.

Tip: see the best mountain cycling shoes.

Good to know

Who is it for? The Northwave Razer is a bike shoe recommended to passionate mountain bikers who are looking for the following features in their MTB footwear:

  • Breathable and comfortable
  • Clipless
  • Efficient power transfer

Stiff. The Northwave Razer employs the XC 10 sole, which has a stiffness rating of 10 out of 15 in the brand's index chart. This sole is composed of a mixture of Nylon and fiberglass.

Grip. Rubber pads are placed throughout the outsole for traction off-bike. Additional slots for toe studs are also available for when the trails are extra slippery and muddy. Note that the toe studs are sold separately.

Replaceable heel pads. This feature lengthens the pair's life and, in turn, provides the owner with value for their money. Moreover, the traction can also be reset, giving the wearer confidence in slippery surfaces.

The Razer MTB shoe features the traditional two-bolt cleat system. Some of the pedals that are suitable for this model are Shimano XT PD-M8020, Nukeproof Horizon CS, and Crank Brothers Mallet E.

Comfort. This pair's synthetic upper is crafted using the brand's BioMap Unibody upper construction. It prevents pressure points and rubbing.

Durable and breathable. Thermo-welded TPU reinforcements are placed in high-wear areas for protection and abrasion-resistance. Mesh inserts are also situated throughout the upper for excellent airflow.

Lockdown. The Northwave Razer's snug fit is secure by the combination of SLW2 dial, asymmetric lacing, and micro strap. The dial is the only one that features step-by-step tightening and loosening as well as instant release in a single button. This dial manages the asymmetrical lacing, which is designed to remove pressure from the top of the foot.

The micro strap secures the forefoot area.

The Northwave Razer employs a Performance Regular insole, which is cushioned for enhanced overall comfort.


How Northwave Razer ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 30% mountain cycling shoes
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Top 43% Northwave cycling shoes
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Bottom 35% spd cycling shoes
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