Who should buy Northwave Extreme GT

The Extreme GT are road shoes by a cycling brand called Northwave. The shoe is based on the brand’s popular race shoe dubbed the Northwave Extreme. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that uses Northwave’s patented Xframe construction technology that employs ultra-light materials and is engineered to distribute pressure across the foot evenly.
  • Prefer a shoe that allows easy micro-adjustment while on the bike.

Northwave Extreme GT logo

Efficient power transfer

The sole is constructed from Morph Carbon 12 AAS with an extra full-carbon insert in the cleat area. This combination provides a 12.0 out of the brand’s 15.0 stiffness index chart. This sole type allows excellent power transfer making it ideal for long rides.

Northwave Extreme GT Efficient power transfer

Anatomical Arch Support

The Extreme GT features a patented technology called Anatomical Arch Support. This arch support is made from TPU and is externally integrated between the sole and the upper.

Northwave Extreme GT arch support

Since the TPU material is not as rigid as the carbon in the sole, it can shape after the arch of the foot. Once the TPU has completely adapted, the wearer can expect to get the best support while pedaling.

Stable enough to stand on and walk short distances

This shoe employs rubber pads on both the forefoot and heel section of the sole. These pads help keep the wearer stay upright while off the bike.

Built-in three-bolt cleat system

The shoe has a built-in three-bolt cleat system. It is compatible with Look Keo Blade, Shimano Ultegra PD-R8000 SPD-SL, and Garmin Vector 3S Power Meter. However, it is also suitable for the Speedplay adapter. 

Northwave Extreme GT 3-bolt system

Northwave partnered with Speedplay in developing an exclusive adapter that is sold separately. This adapter is patented. Once attached to the shoe, it can be clipped onto the unique, round-shaped Speedplay pedals.

Comfortable, light, and prevents pressure points

Made from the patented Xframe construction, the Extreme GT features a one-piece upper that is a mere 0.5 mm in thickness. As a result, the wearer is provided with a comfortably snug fit that does not cause any hotspots as well as enhanced power transfer.

Secure fit

The SLW2 dial works in unison with the upper’s Xframe construction for a snug and secure fit. The closure system uses soft, flexible Dyneema cable to contour after the shape of the foot and prevent pressure points.

Northwave Extreme GT Secure fit

The SLW2 dial provides an adjustment of 0.72 mm increments, while a button serves a dual purpose. This button should be pressed to release in increments and lifted to undo the shoe entirely in an instant.  

Anti-slip heel system

This heel system consists of a heel cup covered with directional fiber to keep the foot in place and prevent the heel from sliding out of the shoe.

Northwave Extreme GT Heel protection

Removable performance regular footbed

A removable Performance Regular footbed works in conjunction with Anatomical Arch Support for enhanced support. It also features exhaust ports that work with the sole’s vented pockets to keep the foot cool and dry during the hottest rides.

Northwave Extreme GT  Removable performance regular footbed

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 275g / Women 245g
Base model: Northwave Extreme
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: BOA
Features: Look Delta
Collection: Northwave X Frame

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