New kicks and rain jersey from Northwave

Italian cobbler announces the Extreme RR, Outcross MTB and Rainskin Shield

Ahead of Eurobike, Italian shoe maker Northwave has announced its latest crop of road and mountain bike shoes as well as a new wet-weather jersey.

Extreme RR

Northwave Extreme RR 2017

The Extreme RR will sit atop Northwave’s range of road shoes, and gets a new uni-directional carbon sole that's rated 15 on the brand's stiffness scale.

Claimed to be stiffer than its predecessor, the Extreme, the new kicks are also compatible with Northwave's Speedplay adaptor which allows for reduced stack height over a standard cleat.

The XFrame wraps all the way around the foot for a secure fit with no pressure points
The XFrame wraps all the way around the foot for a secure fit with no pressure points

Using a single Northwave SLW2 (Speed Lace Winch) dial, the Extreme RR employs what the Italian cobbler calls the XFrame.

This patented technology uses special tapes and carefully placed cable loops to create a frame around the entire foot for a snug and even fit. Northwave says the XFrame and offset SWL2 dial allows for the upper to be pulled evenly across the top of the foot and should eliminate pressure points.

The new Extreme RRs are claimed to weigh 220g, and set to cost €369.99. They will be available in black-yellow fluoro and yellow fluoro-black colours.

Northwave Outcross

The Outcross is Northwave's newest MTB shoe platform
The Outcross is Northwave's newest MTB shoe platform

Working in collaboration with tyre brand Michelin, Northwave has three new trail oriented mountain bike shoes available: the Outcross, Outcross Plus and Outcross Knit. All three versions feature a Michelin Explorer outsole that sees a stiff nylon midsole platform for pedalling efficiency, and a flex zone at the front for comfortable hiking. The sole itself is made with Michelin's OC compound, which is claimed to provide great purchase no matter the terrain.

Both the Outcross and Outcross Plus feature an abrasion resistant 3D mesh upper and strategically placed impact-absorbing material around the toe to thwart rock strikes. The standard Outcross gets three velcro straps for a customisable fit, while the Plus version sees a SLW2 ratchet closure. Both are claimed to weigh 440g and the Outcross is set to cost €100 and the Plus is priced at €130.

Northwave also says the Outcross Plus will be available in a women's specific version.

Outcross Knit

The Outcross Knit is claimed to be the first knitted shoe in the cycling industry
The Outcross Knit is claimed to be the first knitted shoe in the cycling industry

With a knitted upper (think Nike's Flyknit running shoes), Northwave says the Outcross Knit is the first shoe of its kind in the bike industry.

Opting for laces rather than SWL2 or velcro closures, the knitted material should offer plenty of stretch for all-day comfort, and we'd guess it breaths pretty well too.

Although the Outcross Knit has transparent thermoweld reinforcement around the bottom of the shoe, we're not totally sold on the longevity of a knitted shoe for mountain biking.

Claimed to weigh 435g, the Outcross Knit is set to cost €90.

Rainskin Shield

The Rainskin is made from four-way stretch fabric and sees a 10,000mm waterproof rating
The Rainskin is made from four-way stretch fabric and sees a 10,000mm waterproof rating

Better known for their shoes, Northwave also makes a full range of kit and the newest addition to the range is the Rainskin Shield wet-weather aero jersey.

Northwave says the rain jersey is made from a four-way stretch fabric and gets a 10,000mm waterproof rating. Inside it is lined with P4dry's S.Cafe technology, which uses repurposed coffee granules for a printed fabric layer that is said to help with wicking, odor control, and reduce moisture condensation by 30 percent.

With the jersey being made from stretch fabric, Northwave also says it will conform to a range of body shapes without wrinkling and offer an aero advantage.

Northwave is offering the Rainskin shield in two versions, one with fully taped seams and one without. It is set to cost €129.99 and €99.99 respectively.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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