Verdict from 11 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Quality: Several owners applaud the Northwave X-Trail's excellent materials and craftsmanship.
  • Comfort: Quite a number of wearers love the pair's comfortable feel.
  • Attractive: Some consumers find this MTB shoe to be aesthetically pleasing.
  • Stiff: The X-Trail's soles are sufficiently stiff for pedaling and comfortable for walking, according to a handful of users.
  • Protection: A couple of cyclists mention that it provides good toe protection.
  • Easy walking: The pair's recessed cleats make for easy walking.

1 reason not to buy

  • Closure system: A few wish the model had a BOA dial.

Bottom line

Mountain cycling enthusiasts may find this offering from Northwave as a comfortable and sufficient footgear for light mountain biking. The shoe's design and versatility may also prove to be a huge plus to most casual cyclists.

Despite a minor misfire, the Northwave X-Trail's advantages outweigh it and could be a good buy for people who don't mind the Velcro closure.

Tip: see the best mountain cycling shoes.

Northwave X-Trail

The heart of the Northwave X-Trail bike shoe is its sole. Mountain cyclists will benefit from this pair's sufficiently rigid soles and super grippy Michelin rubber treads. The upper's 3D mesh with impact-resistant reinforcements yields a comfortable, durable, and protective build ideal for trail riding. 

This pair's closure utilizes three Velcro straps for that easy and on-the-go fine-tuning. However, if you like everything about this shoe except for its basic retention system, you might want to check its sibling called the Northwave X-Trail Plus, which uses the BOA dial. These two shoes employ the same exact features excluding the closure mechanism.

What is it for? The Northwave X-Trail MTB shoes feature trail performance elements enveloped in a sleek design. It works well for the following cycling activities:

  • All-day mountain riding
  • Trail cycling
  • Urban commutes
  • Touring

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Fizik Terra X5. This pair is recommended for cyclists who are after bike shoes with slightly more serious features. It comes equipped with BOA closures, a more traditional cycling silhouette, and stiffer soles than the X-Trail.

Bont Riot MTB+. This shoe is for you if you have wide feet or having trouble fitting into the Northwave X-Trail shoe. The Bont bike shoe is heat-moldable and comes with anatomically shaped lasts, which is reported to accommodate most feet.


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