Northwave Celsius Artic GTX review

Carbon reinforced winter racing boots

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £170.00 RRP | USD $229.99
Northwave Celsius Artic winter boots

Our review

The Celsius from Northwave is spectacularly comfortable, warm and race-shoe stiff
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Celsius Artic GTX shoes (13)
Brand Northwave

Description *Gore-Tex Upper *Jaws Carbon Reinforced Sole *Speed Lace System and Velcro Closure *Ultra Y Heel *G.T.X Footbed
Weight (g) 960
Shoe Sizes Available 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48