Who should buy the Northwave Storm

The Northwave Storm bike shoe is recommended to road cyclists who value the following features in their footgear:

  • Minimal style/design
  • Breathable fit
  • Easy to adjust closures
  • Adequately stiff soles

Northwave Storm logo 1

Based on this road cycling shoe's materials and construction, the following are the best circumstances to use it:

  • Spring/summer rides
  • Training or leisurely sessions on paved roads

Excellent power transfer

The Northwave Storm features the brand's Morph 10 AAS sole, which rates a 10 out of 15 in the stiffness index chart. It is made from a blend of composite fibers for adequate power transfer.

Northwave Storm outsole 2

This feature helps lengthen the shoe's lifespan and refreshes grip once it wears out.

Excellent arch support

The Morph 10 sole's uniqueness lies in the proprietary Anatomical Arch Support (AAS). This built-in arch support is made from TPU that is integrated between the sole and the upper. It provides support for long rides that could prevent tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

Northwave Storm arch

Three-bolt cleat design

The Northwave Storm road shoe features a three-bolt cleat design. It is compatible with the following road pedals: Shimano 5800 SPD-SL, Time XPro 10, and Look Keo 2 Max.

Northwave Storm cleat system 1

This shoe could also be paired with a Speedplay pedal such as the Speedplay Zero Stainless. This could be done via the NW Speedplay adapter, which is sold separately. The benefit of using the Speedplay option is that it offers the shortest distance between the foot and the pedal, which enhances power transfer.

Excellent ventilation

The Northwave Storm employs a unibody construction that's crafted from synthetic materials and large mesh inserts. It prevents seam rubbings and promotes excellent airflow. Moreover, reinforcements are applied in high-wear areas.

Northwave Storm upper 5

Secure lockdown

The forefoot is governed by a micro Velcro strap, which could easily be tightened and loosened on the go. The mid-and top foot is secured by the brand's SLW2 dial. This dial is the only one with step-by-step tightening and loosening and full release in a single button.

Northwave Storm laces

Comfortable cushioning

The Storm bike shoe by Northwave uses the brand's Performance Regular footbed, which is crafted from EVA foam and provides enhanced cushioning and overall comfort.

Northwave Storm insole

Nice to know

  • The Northwave Storm road shoe is created as a replacement for the Northwave Flash.
  • Another version of the Storm is also offered. This other iteration is called the Northwave Storm Carbon. The main and only difference between the Storm and Storm Carbon shoes is that the latter features carbon soles with a stiffness rating of 12 instead of the former's composite sole's 10.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 304g / Women 252g
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: Velcro, BOA
Features: Breathable, Replaceable Sole Guards, Look Delta
Material: Carbon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Northwave

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.