Northwave, the Italian-based cycling company, is proud to introduce its newest mountain bike shoe, The Razer. Northwave has been at the forefront of performance-driven design footwear and has not disappointed with the 2010 top gun model mtb shoe.
Using the experience of the highly successful Aerlite MTB series, Northwave has gone to the next level with a completely re-designed model including an entirely new sole and upper. With research and much feedback from athlete input, Northwave's new top shelf shoe has been lightened, offers a more supple upper and has thinned out its carbon sole to bring the foot closer to pedal. This has been achieved with sacrificing ventilation or stiffness in the sole or support for the foot in the upper.
The new sole, dubbed The Thin Profile Sole has been given a much lower profile in the outer sole itself. This allows for a lower overall weight due to less material used and an easier, more intuitive pedal interface. The rubber in the sole now has two separate densities. One is a softer durometer for sure grip on all surfaces, while the other is a firmer rubber that gives excellent support and greater durability. This outer sole is supported by carbon layer that gives the shoe its overall stiffness, but at the same time is thinner than ones used in the past giving it a closer foot-to-pedal stack height.
The all-new upper is using much more supple materials and ample ventilation through the Aerator System. There are no overlapping materials and the mesh is placed in key areas for maximum foot comfort. There is also the new Omega heel cup that gives the Razer superior heel stability and allows for cooling via rear air vents. Northwave continues to use its ASR2 instep closing system including the innovative S.B.S. buckle. This allows for a precise closure over the instep area giving the greater control and power transmission. Northwave has also created a new footbed system which is truly three dimensional, perforation in key areas, micro fiber top sheet and a micro foam core for all day comfort. Size range has also been lowered allowing for more women to step into the Razer.
The new Razer has already been in use on the World Cup MTB circuit with European Cross Country Champion Ralf Naf riding to victory and long-time Northwave athlete Jose Hermida, who both ride for the successful Multi Van-Merida MTB Team.
Sizes 37-47, Half Sizes 39.5-45.5
source: John McKone