3 New Shoes from Northwave - Interbike 2017

Sep 24, 2017
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2017

Interbike 2017

Here's one for the cross-country crowd. Northwave's new Ghost XC shoe uses the Italian's XFrame system, which is their name for how the shoe's upper is constructed and the material used. First put to use on their Extreme RR road kicks, the company says that it consists of ''inner mesh for increased comfort, a stiffened mid layer for even support through the support, and a 0.5mm highly wear-resistant outer film for protection.'' The point of all that is to eliminate hot spots, an annoying and often painful occurrence for some riders, and Northwave says that another key to that is the application of even pressure over the top of the foot, despite using one SLW2 dial per shoe instead of two.

The single SLW2 dial adjusts fit, and they've also gone with 'Dyneema' rather than steel for the wire, with the claim being that the Dyneema material won't stretch but is softer than the steel cable used on their other shoes.

Being made for pure cross-country racing, Northwave has pared off any needless material, but there are still some rubber scuff guards to protect both your expensive shoes and your feet. The underside of the Ghost XC shoe is made from carbon fiber, of course, and, when I tried to bend the shoe with my hands, it felt more rigid than the Queen of England's dinner table rules.
Interbike 2017

Oh, and these boots aren't made for walking - there's very little in the way of lugs on the bottom of the Ghost XC shoe. The race-focused, 330-gram Ghost XC shoe has a $399.99 USD price tag, and there are two color options: the ultra-visible yellow/black fluro pictured here, or a more subdued version that has the colors reversed.

Interbike 2017

Feeling sporty but not ready to drop $399.99 USD? I feel you on that, which is where the Ghost XCM comes in. At $249.99 USD, they're still not inexpensive by any stretch, but they'll save you a good chunk of money compared to the pricier top-tier kicks. The penalty is a whopping 20-grams per shoe compared to the Ghost XC, along with a simplified sole that uses a carbon insert under the ball of the foot rather than the full-carbon treatment.

While the carbon content is lower, the XCM still features the same XFrame design and single SLW2 dial, as well as the same color options.

Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017

I prefer to stay inside and eat my feelings during the winter, but if you're a better person than me, you might be interested in Northwave's toasty looking Yeti shoe. This high-top shoe sports a leather upper that's had a water-repellent coating applied to it, an extra tall cuff to keep the elements out, and also a bunch of Thinsulate padding used liberally. Cold can creep in up through the sole and cleat, so Northwave has also given the Yeti a four-layer Arctic GTX footbed to keep that to a minimum, and all that adds up to a weather rating of -20c or up to +3c, but I'd bet they'd be pretty toasty in any temps above that. It also adds up to a $279 USD price tag, too.

Author Info:
mikelevy avatar

Member since Oct 18, 2005
2,032 articles

  • 77 2
 Interbike must really suck this year.
  • 5 2
 I was just thinking the same thing
  • 9 0
 @jdsusmc: Its gonna suck more in Reno next year...cuz I live there...
  • 8 2
 "I prefer to stay inside and eat my feelings during the winter..." ...SOLD!
  • 7 0
 your not fit to be a Canuck!!!!
  • 2 1
 @fat-hub: haha...I keed, I keed. Love snow!
  • 3 0
 They always make my perfect everything with a twist. "Oh yeah that's perfect, but................" It's like the "island do misfit toys"; "yeah it's the perfect shoe, but it also dispenses jam". OK, so you've gone awry, where do you think the problem was?
  • 6 0
 No Way? Oh sorry... it says north wave.
  • 2 1
 Interesting to see all of this feedback. I agree that events like Interbike are on the rapid decline. Instead retailers and consumers are better suited towards attending events like Crankworx Whister. Majority of distributors are at the event already with new 2018 bikes; consumers and retailers are able to attend, ask questions and try product; and, the backdrop for the event is truly world class.

Why would a LBS want to go Vegas over Whistler? Ride, buy, learn, experience and share with your customers - there is nothing more useful or enjoyable than this and Crankworx encompasses this and so much more. IMO in the coming 2-5 years this is what we should push for either as a consumer or a retailer.

  • 1 0
 My Enduro Mids outperformed 5.10 (3 warranty replacements), Giro (2 warranty replacements) and Mavic (survived but not nearly as supportive. If they keep making them bombproof I don’t care how they style them.
  • 3 1
 the highlight of interbike. North wave shoes and snowboard boots have always sucked and fall apart.
  • 3 0
 Im not talking price. They're just ugly dork boots
  • 2 1
 I've got some Northwave winter cycling shoes - they're fantastic. Wouldn't hesitate to purchase the "Yeti" boots if I was in the market.
  • 1 0
 I hope I can actually get a pair on my feet. Couldn't even get my feet into other models from Bontrager, Northwave, Diadora, etc... And my feet float around in Wolvhammers haha
  • 1 0
 I was going to dis on the XC shoes... need more coffee ~ they are "racing" shoes... and not worn by mear mortals
  • 2 1
 Northwave, haha.. what a joke!
  • 1 0
 exaxtly! dorkness..to the max!
  • 5 7
 North face, north wave. Now we're just waiting for South face and south wave
Below threshold threads are hidden

Copyright © 2000 - 2023. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv42 0.058722
Mobile Version of Website