Northwave Celsius Artic GTX £170

Carbon reinforced winter racing boots

BikeRadar score 4/5

Northwave make snowboarding boots as well, so they know about cold-weather footwear. They’re perhaps not so hot on spelling – we’ve read it a few times and these say ‘Artic’ on them rather than the ‘Arctic’ you might expect. 

One thing they’re not is articulated – the carbon-reinforced sole gives race-shoe levels of stiffness. Still, the boot remains comfortable thanks to a soft, accommodating upper that surrounds your foot with fleecy cosiness. Lovely.

Soft and accommodating can mean insecure and floppy, but not here. A snowboard boot-style speed-lacing toggle pulls the laces tight over a padded tongue – gusseted into both sides of the shoe to leave no gaps. It’s easy to forget how effective shoe laces can be, and in combination with the well-shaped plastic heel cup the Northwave delivers a positive, secure yet comfy fit. It’s quite narrow at the midfoot, but there’s plenty of room around the toes. 

Northwave claim only that they’re ‘water repellent’ but with a Gore-Tex membrane, adjustable ankle cuff and double stretchy weather flaps they put up a good fight in the wet. 

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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