Who should buy Northwave Core

The Northwave Core is the Velcro-equipped version of the Core Plus. This is a fine choice for those who are:

  • trying cycling for the first time
  • looking for a road bike shoe with Velcro closure
  • riding for recreational purposes

Northwave Core label and low cut

The Northwave Core promotes a breathable comfort

The Northwave Core garners praise from a multitude of buyers for granting loads of comfort on the trail. Being well-ventilated adds to the convenience of the shoe.

Northwave Core perforations

It is designed with four breathable mesh inserts for optimal ventilation, which will keep your feet cool even after cycling for kilometers. Aside from that, this shoe is effective in wicking sweat away.

Northwave Core breathable upper

Versatile cleat design of Core cycling shoe

A few reports state an appreciation regarding this model's universal cleat system as it can be used in several cycling activities.

The Northwave Core has a 3-cleat design, making this compatible with road bike pedals that use 3-bolt standard cleats. It is also compatible with 2-bolt MTB pedals. However, some mentioned that it could be hard to set it up as SPD MTB.

Northwave Core cleat

It is compatible with the following: Campagnolo Pro-Fit, Look Delta and Keo, Mavic Zxellium, Shimano SPD-SL, Speedplay Light Action, Time Iclic/Xpresso, Time Impact, X-Series (via 3-hole adapter plate), and Zero.

Velcro closure provides a secure fit

Unlike the Core Plus version that features the BOA closure system, the Northwave Core is crafted with a 3-piece Velcro closure that provides a secure fit.

Northwave Core velcro closure

The Northwave Core has a stiffness index of 8.0

The Northwave Core offers high levels of stability. With a stiffness level of 8.0, the NRG Air Carbon reinforced sole of this road bike shoe will keep you upright.

Northwave Core outsole

Cyclists will still feel comfortable when they get off the pedals since it has enough flexibility.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 280g / Women 235g
Use: Road
Cleat design: 2 holes, 3 holes
Closure: Velcro
Features: Replaceable Sole Guards, SPD, Look Delta
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper, Carbon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Northwave

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