Who should buy the Northwave Corsair

A lot of mountain cycling shoes already feature efficient BOA dials and among these is the Northwave Corsair. Get this bike shoe if you are:

  • riding for leisure
  • looking for a shoe that's easy to adjust on the go and even comfortable to walk in
  • want a cycling shoe that offers superb quality and does not break the bank

Who should not buy it

Look away if you want a shoe that's comfortable straight out of the box. Consider these models then: Five Ten Freerider or Five Ten Trailcross LT

You can even walk in it

While many cycling shoes are horrible to walk in, the Northwave Corsair is an exception. Cyclists have reported they were able to walk around, when needed, with no discomfort. 

Give it a few rides for the comfort to shine

A few cyclists have reported that they needed a couple of dozens of kilometers for these to properly settle in. Having BOA system along the way helped a lot with adjusting the lockdown mid-ride. The ankle rubbing was mentioned only a few times but worth mentioning - for most it was not a deal breaker and it went away with a proper break-in. 

Snug fit for a comfortable wear

Most Northwave Corsair owners affirm its top-notch comfort. The Northwave Corsair wraps the foot, providing a snug fit. The large mesh zones help keep the airflow inside this mountain bike shoe for added comfort.

The Northwave Corsair keeps your feet protected

While riding your bike, bumping and hard impacts can harm your feet. With the reinforced PU heel and toe areas with enhanced protection, cyclists have reported they were safe from these harms.

BOA dials make adjusting easier

This pair's retention system is easy to adjust, which all cyclists appreciate. Nothing better than being able to tighten or loosen up the lockdown, even mid-ride, especially during the breakin period!

For efficient adjustments, BOA dials are used. It allows micro-adjustment, which is very helpful for achieving a customized fit. A quick twist is enough to tighten pressure, while a click of a button will release pressure step by step.

The sole of the Corsair offers grip and power transfer

A couple of wearers delight at this model's traction. The Damp Lite outsole that features a natural rubber profile has enough stiffness to offer excellent power transfer while allowing cyclists to walk on all surfaces easily.

A sturdy Northwave cycling shoe

Many can attest that the Corsair is a durable mountain cycling shoe with excellent craftsmanship and high-quality materials. According to plenty of buyers, it is a mountain bike shoe with excellent value for money.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 420g / Women 320g
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Lace, BOA
Features: SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper
BRAND Brand: Northwave

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Rhys Smith

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