Who should buy the Northwave X-Trail

The Northwave X-Trail is a solid choice if:

  • You are looking for a cycling shoe that offers efficient power transfer to prevent foot stress and injuries.
  • You are after a bike companion that has both functionality and beauty.
  • A shoe that shields your toes against harmful elements is what you prefer. 

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Who should not buy the Northwave X-Trail

The Northwave X-Trail might not be for cyclists who prefer a shoe that offers efficient closure to achieve an enhanced well-fitting experience. The few bike enthusiasts wish the model had a BOA dial. Moreover, folks in search of a shoe that has a multisurface outsole grip might have to look elsewhere. One owner commented that this cycling shoe lacks outsole traction on wet rocks. The Giro Sector and the Fizik Terra X5 are both reported to have an adequate surface bite. They might want to have a look at these cycling shoes. 

Northwave X-Trail: An overview

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.

The Northwave X-Trail MTB shoes feature trail performance elements enveloped in a sleek design. It works well on various activities like all-day mountain riding, trail cycling, urban commutes, and touring.

Premium construction

Several owners applauded the Northwave X-Trail's excellent materials and craftsmanship.

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Admirable comfiness

This cycling shoe by Northwave offers a pleasant and comfortable feel that many of its wearers admire. 

Eye-catching beauty

This MTB shoe flaunts a kind of design that some cycling aficionados find to be aesthetically pleasing.

Stiff yet comfy

A handful of users observed that while the X-Trail's soles are sufficiently stiff for pedaling, it stays comfortable for walking. They appreciate that the shoe offers efficient power transfer and a pleasant off-bike experience at the same time.

Thumbs up for the shield

A couple of cyclists mention that Northwave X-Trail provides good toe protection.

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You may also want to check out

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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.8oz
Use: Mountain, Casual
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro
Features: SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper, Nylon composite sole
Technology: Vibram

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