Verdict from 10 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Quality: Plenty of cyclists find the Northwave Tribute 2 to have excellent craftsmanship and to be "nicely made."
  • Comfort: The shoe's overall construction provides a comfy and cozy fit for triathlon cycling.
  • Closure system: Velcro straps are designed for effortless on and off, aiding in quick transitions in the race.
  • Adequate power transfer: This pair has stiff soles that sufficiently transfer energy to the bike.
  • Well-ventilated: A reviewer applauds the shoe for keeping his "sweaty feet" dry and comfortable while training indoors for hours without air conditioning.
  • Design: Some triathletes find this model beautiful.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Forefoot Velcro design: A cyclist gripes about how the forefoot strap opens inward, which, according to him, makes opening a bit challenging while on the saddle.
  • Midfoot Velcro design: Another reviewer finds the additional flap design in the midfoot strap annoying, as it "catches on the crank."

Bottom line

Northwave has hit the bulls-eye in the looks and functions department with the Tribute 2. Every element applied has a purpose and works efficiently.

However, you are likely to be disappointed if you are used to super stiff triathlon bike shoes. If you are, you can check out the very stiff tri bike shoes.

Tip: see the best triathlon cycling shoes.

 Northwave Tribute 2

The Northwave Tribute is a triathlon cycling shoe that features essential components needed exclusively for the sport. It is lightweight, provides easy transitions and excellent drainage and airflow.

Please note that this particular model employs composite soles, while a full-carbon version is also available. If you like this shoe, but need more rigidity in the soles, check out the Northwave Tribute 2 Carbon shoe.

Highlights and benefits of the Tribute 2

  • Sufficient stiffness for power transmission - NRG Air Carbon reinforced sole with full-carbon insert
  • Support and comfort - Anatomical arch support that perfectly contours the bow arch for all-day cycling
  • Breathability and drainage - Ultralight microfiber and vent holes in the outsole
  • Easy on and off - Two Velcro straps with side locking as prep for easy transition and a pull tab for easy time taking the shoe off
  • Pedal connection - Look Delta cleat design
  • Option to choose Speedplay cleats - An optional adapter can be installed

Other triathlon cycling shoes you may want to check

Mavic Cosmic Elite. This shoe would best suit seasoned triathletes who want to exceed their previous race performance. It is equipped with a combination of modern dial and dual strap closure. However, if you require top-notch breathability in your footgear, the Tribute 2 might do a better job in this department.

Bont Riot TR+. This model features almost the same elements as the Tribute 2 - from dual straps, heel pull-tab, and an uber breathable construct. However, if you are keen on a supportive yet comfortable fit and better power transfer, the Bont Riot TR+ might be for you. 

Rankings

How Northwave Tribute 2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 30% triathlon cycling shoes
All triathlon cycling shoes
Top 48% Northwave cycling shoes
All Northwave cycling shoes
Bottom 19% breathable cycling shoes
All breathable cycling shoes

Popularity

The current trend of Northwave Tribute 2.
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