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Northwave Enduro Mid shoe and Celsius Arctic winter boot

Thoroughly developed and tested all-mountain and 4 season footwear for the clipped-in rider.

There are plenty of new SPD style shoes for riders choosing to ‘Clip-in’ and these Northwave Enduro Mid shoes are packed with features and great design detail. WE ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR WINTER BOOT.


Developed with top riders, every detail has been thoroughly worked on, so trail and enduro riders get all the grip, protection and power transfer they need. With 2016 EWS world champion Cecile Ravanel wearing these shoes and Cedric Gracia working with Northwave on development and testing, we are reassured that they are up to the job.

‘A dream team of pro riders worked closely with our technical staff and craftsmen to create the definitive enduro shoe. It took over a year to analyse the feedback and translate data into real shoes.’ Northwave.

Michelin X-Fire Sole

To perfect the project, Northwave partnered up with the guys at Michelin Technical Soles. They developed a specific sole for the job in hand, made of two different compounds derived from the tech used in Michelin’s top mountainbike tires. The aggressive lugged toe and heel tread provides superior traction on muddy and wet terrain when off and pushing. Northwave’s exclusive X-Crossbow midsole construction enhances heel area flexibility and control, also providing excellent shock-absorption.

The cleat area design allows faster clipping and better adherence on the pedals. There is plenty of cleat adjustment with longer slots – a detail that is becoming more common and good to see. The tread surrounding the cleat area is textured but not lugged allowing easier location of the foot into the pedal yet giving enough traction if not fully located.

Cedric Gracia signature colour option.


SLW2 Closing System

Northwave’s SLW2 twist closure system aims to blend maximum precision with functionality and durability. The dial’s side mounted button has a dual function: press the button for micro release tension adjustment, or lift the button to instantly undo the shoe for quick removal.

The dial is low in bulk and weight yet is easy to grip and adjust and control reliable wires that close the upper against your foot and spread the pressure evenly. It may look overly complicated if you’re used to a lace closure on your shoes but a spares kit is available if needed. A top strap fastens around the upper shoe adding further stability.

Upper construction

Good ventilation is a given since this shoe was developed for potentially hot and dry European race conditions. The new multilayer construction is a light microfibre coupled with large thermo-welded mesh vent inserts at the same thickness of a traditional monolayer. The result: better comfort and reduced weight – and very quick drying times.

What do we think?

Northwave have produced a light, comfortable and well fitting shoe with the Enduro Mid. There is plenty of heel, toe and ankle protection, along with a good blend of sole stiffness and off-the-bike traction. A low top version is also available.

SIZES: 38 – 46

PRICE: £134.99


The Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX winter boot is constructed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions winter has to offer. Warm and waterproof, made with the Gore-Tex® membrane that guarantees total protection against water, wind and snow, while still delivering extremely good breathability.


Jaws Carbon Reinforced Sole:

Made with thermoplastic material enriched with carbon powder and a natural rubber tread for enhanced grip on wet or dry surfaces.

Speed Lace Closing System: The Speed Lace closing system allows a perfect sealing of the foot, while providing excellent speed and functionality: lock and release in a few gestures. Cut to length laces for a custom fit. Two additional power straps give better protection and a snug fit around the ankle.

Water and windproof Gore-Tex® Koala membrane: Ensures maximum thermal insulation along with proven reliability.

Thermo-welded construction with welded TPU reinforcements: Lighter in weight and lower in bulk.

Neoprene collar: This sits snugly around the ankle keeping water and trail debris out.

Integrated heel system: Provides good stability and retention.

Special GoreTex footbed: Gives added comfort in cold and wet conditions.

Temperature rating: -25°/+5° C

SIZES: 37 – 49

WEIGHT: 480 g (per shoe)

PRICE: £179.99

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