Who should buy the Northwave Core Plus

The Northwave Core Plus is an all-rounder cycling shoe with a 3-hole cleat design best recommended for:

  • both the novice and experienced cyclists who are looking for a solid quality shoe with good venting and comfort
  • cyclists who want an all-round, performance cycling shoe that is also compatible with SPD cleats

Northwave Core Plus NorthWave

Delivers on performance and comfort

The Northwave Core Plus road shoe delivers on performance and user-friendly features but at a KEEN price range.

Northwave Core Plus Delivers on performance and comfort

This Italian-style offering by Northwave comes with a seamless upper, Carbon reinforced sole, and a quick-dial adjustment for ease of use and comfort.

Core Plus is compatible with 2-point SPD cleat 

The Core Plus road shoe is compatible with the 2-point SPD cleat attachment option (cleat plate not included), with ubiquitous three-point, making this pair ideal for both leisure and performance riding.

Northwave Core Plus  2-point SPD cleat

The Northwave brand does not use leather on the Core Plus. The material used on the upper section is hard-wearing and does a good job shrugging off scratches. 

Not as stiff as higher-end cycling shoes 

Some reviewers claim that this model’s soles aren’t as stiff as higher-end cycling shoes.

Northwave Core Plus Not as stiff

Moreover, a few wish that the insoles offer more support.

Smooth pedaling performance

However, when it comes to pedaling performance, the shoe is pretty smooth, thanks to its NRG Air carbon-reinforced sole offering a good balance of sufficient stiffness and comfort.

Northwave Core Plus Smooth pedaling

When you put some power down, you will immediately notice a rapid efficiency but at the same time, some degree of flex, which makes it performs better when navigating on rougher roads or racking up longer miles.

High-quality materials 

Plenty of buyers commends the shoe’s high-quality construction and materials. All in all, the Northwave Core Plus is a very comfortable road cycling shoe, according to almost all of the reviewers.

Northwave Core Plus High-quality materials 

It’s a very “wash-and-wear” shoe, especially the black colorway option, which is a great choice for unconcerned with cyclists with clumsy feet. 

Keeps your feet cool

As a side benefit, ventilation is quite good too. This is due to the perorations on the upper with 5 sole vents that keep air circulating in the shoe’s interior, keeping your feet fresh and cool during a long ride.

Northwave Core Plus Keeps your feet cool

The Core Plus shoe’s many benefits have led some consumers to claim that it has good value for money.

Northwave Core Plus is lightweight and stylish 

A couple of shoppers think that this pair looks stylish and lightweight. Its closure system is effective and easy to use, based on a number of users’ opinions.

Northwave Core Plus lightweight and stylish 

This Northwave road shoe is compatible with road bike pedal systems that utilize cleats with 3-bolt standards

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9.5oz
Base model: Northwave Core
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: Velcro, BOA
Features: Breathable, Replaceable Sole Guards, Look Delta
BRAND Brand: Northwave

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Rhys Smith

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