Saturday, August 1, 2009 11.00am
By Justin Loretz, What Mountain Bike
Northwave’s Raptor has the stiffness and styling to please Lycra loving racers plus the strength and durability to tough it out on the trails day after day.
The midsole is carbon-reinforced resin with a rubber tread that grips the ground better than plastic. The fit is a bit like the Bontrager RXL in the forefoot, making it good for most broad Anglo Saxon feet but, unlike the RXL, the Raptor has a well-shaped heel cup that grips the heel and Achilles area, reducing heel lift to a minimum.
The uppers are extremely well vented with mesh panels yet remain strong thanks to the plastic toe bumper and heel cups. The removable micro buckle is adjustable for left/right position via a Velcro tab and the action of the buckle is clean and secure.
We found ourselves reaching for the Raptors for hard high-power rides more than technically stiffer shoes – a fact that we put down to their great fit. They're a genuinely durable and well-fitting bike shoe that we think you’ll love.
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