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The Clan by Northwave are sturdy MTB shoes crafted with durable upper materials and flat, grippy soles. They feature a tough abrasion-resistant welded upper with mesh inserts for enhanced comfort and pockets of ventilation. TPU reinforcements are also employed to provide impact-protection.
The bottom part is endowed with Michelin’s super-sticky Gravity FPS Technical soles for an unmatched grip.
Flat soles with excellent traction. Giving the shoe its excellent pedal grip is an outsole design, called Gravity FPS, that took two years in the making. Crafted from Michelin’s adhesive Gecko+ rubber compound, it allows the rider to stay connected and take control while pedaling.
Foot support and stability. This model’s power transfer is administered by an adaptive TPU shank. Apart from its rigid make-up, the shank also keeps the foot feeling supported and secure.
The Northwave Clan features a flat and grippy sole design. It offers excellent shoe-to-pedal connection and gives the wearer confidence in the trail by providing the freedom to plant their feet any time needed.
Some of the pedals you can try with this shoe are Dimension Baic Heavy-Duty Nylon, DMR V6, and Fyxation Gates Slim Platform.
Tough yet breathable upper. Crafted from welded synthetic materials and mesh inserts, the Northwave Clan is both durable and well-ventilated. A padded tongue enhances comfort and cushioning.
Impact-protection. TPU reinforcements are placed on the toe and heel areas to keep the foot protected from rock strikes and other unexpected impact sources in the trail.
Proven lockdown. For its retention system, the shoe utilizes non-stretch laces for a consistent and tested efficiency to keep your feet in place. An elasticated lace keeper helps keep loose ends from getting caught in the crankset or pedals.
Heel loop. For faster and easier on and off, the Clan comes with a heel pull-tab.
This footwear comes with a standard removable insole. If you need more support, feel free to replace it with special orthotic footbeds.
- The Clan’s tread design is derived from Michelin’s XCR tire model.
- This shoe is acclaimed to be on par with Five Ten flat shoes, the leading brand in the flat MTB shoe category.
The Clan was released alongside another flat MTB model from the brand called the Tribe. Both shoes belong in Northwave’s top-of-the-line MTB shoe department.
Their main differences lie in the sole construction. The Clan employs the “Gravity” sole, while the Tribe features the “Gravity Top” sole. The latter is considered to be more sport-level and provides more arch support and cushioning than the former.