NORTHWAVE Arctic Commuter GTX Winter Road Boots
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The Commuter model of the Celsius Arctic meets the needs of roadies and commuters alike who ride their bikes in all conditions of the darker, colder months. The Commuter Arctic is a winter boot that keeps your feet dry and warm, and enhances safety too, thanks to the optimum visibility given by the colour and the specific reflective inserts.
Northwave's Arctic models take advantage of the exclusive Gore-Tex Koala membrane: maximum protection against cold and the rain. The protective membrane in fact, helps the creation of an ideal microclimate, while at the same time maintaining an excellent breathability. Feet will always stay warm and dry even in the most extreme conditions!
The Speed Lace closing system allows a perfect sealing of the foot, while providing excellent speed and functionality: lock and release in a few short moments.
- Gore-Tex Koala membrane fully protected upper: the most technical available, for when the temperature drops down low. The Koala Gore-Tex membrane gives the maximum barrier against cold thanks to its strong insulating fleecy fibres, making it suitable for winter use even in harshest climates. The membrane also achieves maximum protection from rain, wind and snow while maintaining an excellent breathability, so your feet will stay dry and warm. The membrane is robust, allowing easy and regular washing.
- Suggested temperature range: -10 degrees C to +5 degrees C
- NRG Carbon reinforced sole: Nylon filled with fibreglass and enriched with carbon powder that gives the sole greater stiffness. This allows reduced weight and a closer distance between feet and pedal for maximum pedalling efficiency, while retaining good comfort.
- Speed Lace + Velcro closure system: Speed Lace system is a fast and functional closing system, for a perfect hold on the foot. Just pull the cord and push the mechanism downwards, automatically locking the lacing in place. Affix the velcro tabs over the boot to retain the cord and ensure maximum protection from the elements. The lacing is easy to release simply by pressing on the lever and pulling the mechanism upwards.
- Ultra Y Heel
- Special GTX Footbed
Northwave Arctic Commuter GTX review, road.cc:
"The Commuter ticks a number of boxes for those looking for a sturdy boot during the more inclement time of the year. It combines the solidity of a boot with additional safety features. The bright colour will not appeal to everyone but it is designed for high visibility in all light conditions. There is a reflective logo on the forefoot and another on the heel.
Even though this is a winter shoe the sole used on the Arctic GTX is the same stiff, carbon reinforced platform you'll find in Northwave's race shoes. You won't suffer any loss of power through them.
More importantly for those riding on cold days, the uppers are made with an exclusive Koala Gore-Tex membrane. This membrane is available on the entire Artic range and marketed as offering maximum protection from wind, rain and snow.
Given the drop in temperatures they have worked well down to a single degree so far and there is nothing to suggest they won't work effectively when the mercury drops further. My feet have remained pretty toasty, making a big difference to my enjoyment. A great addition to the winter wardrobe, Northwave Arctic Commuter R GTX shoes keep out the cold and wet in all but the most foul conditions."
If you're fed up with faffing around with overshoes or you want one winter shoe to rule them all then the Northwave Arctic Commuter GTX boots fit the bill.
Cycling Plus, October 2013:
"Why you need.... Northwave Arctic Commuter GTX:
1) STAY SAFE: The ultra-hi-vis yellow finish offers all round visibility, and is enhanced for fully dark conditions with a reflective NW roundel logo on the forefoot and a reflective panel on the heel.
2) STAY WARM: Northwave has used Gore's well regarded Koala membrane fabric for the liner. It's highly meshed, helping to remove moisture from your feet, ensuring they stay warm and comfortable.
3) STAY DRY: The Koala membrane not only helps keep your feet dry on the inside, it also keeps out the rain, and the Gore fabric is tough enough to wash regularly.
4) HIGH PERFORMANCE: It might be called a 'Commuter', but the Arctic is a true performance shoe. With the same carbon-reinforced sole as used on Northwave's race shoes, it offers all the stiffness required from top flight boots.
5) EASY DOES IT: You can say goodbye to struggling with overshoes over your race shoes or prising them off when they're wet and grimy, and the Arctic Commuters have a fast pull lacing system and outer straps that are easy to use even while wearing winter gloves."
Northwave Arctic Commuter GTX review, Road Cycling UK, January 2015 (see [url=http://roadcyclinguk.com/reviews/northwave-celsius-artic-commuter-gtx-road-winter-boots-review#SIcxYriDpABphFmd.97]here[/url]):
"Northwave should know a thing or two about winter boots, with half of the Italian company dedicated to snowboard boots, and the crossover technologies are apparent in the Celsius Arctic Commuter GTX Road winter boots.
The combination of a fleece-lined shoe with a Gore-Tex membrane and cord closure system, coupled with a high-viz colourway, all point to a very capable winter riding shoe.
The common downside to winter shoes is the weight or bulk, something that isn't at all noticeable in the Artic boot. In use, it was warm, comfortable and also dry in most conditions, until it's raining hard enough that water works down from your legs into the shoes through the neoprene ankle cuff, which, unfortunately, is an unpreventable issue.
The 'Panda' membrane thermal lining is a fleece of sorts, and initial concerns of the fleece allowing the foot to squirm around in the shoe were unfounded and, when worn with good winter socks, the boots did a great job at keeping my feet warm on cold winter rides.
Northwave's Speed Lace closure system, which uses a clasp to tighten the laces, is effective, firm and didn't create any tight spots or rubbing during the cold and wet riding that the shoes have had so far. It pulls in quickly and easily, and releases quickly - useful for post-ride cold hand syndrome.
One flaw, however, is what to do with the very long piece of lacing, as there is no place to tuck it other than wrapping it around the ankle. This was fine during testing on all but one occasion, when it worked loose and entered the large chainring and quickly stopped any pedalling. It does mean you have to be super-sure to tuck it away and on the whole that's ok, but it'd be nice to have some sort of dedicated pouch area or velcro to take care of that problem.
[we say: the lace should be tucked under the Velcro upper closures - problem solved!]
In addition there are two Velcro closures. They're effective and, unusually, line up when you close them, thanks to a stretchy neoprene-style area of fabric at the top of the tongue, which allows for a degree of flex and movement in closure, and, if you have odd shape feet, slightly boosts the chance of the shoes fitting.
The heel area has a solid and secure shape, which prevents any heel lift, and no rubbing or chafing was experienced, even after the shoes got wet during a particularly wet commute. The footbed itself proved comfortable and the toe box was great for my hobbit-width feet. It'd be sensible to try these on with good socks as winter boots often need to be a size up, and work optimally when there is room for air to stay warm and toes to wiggle to improve circulation.
In terms of visuals, they are pretty loud, but rightfully so. These shoes are visible and as the name suggests, aimed at commuting (there is also a version with a mtb-style sole). We used our test shoes for this, but they are also quite at home on long training rides as the sole is fairly stiff. The sole has a carbon-reinforced nylon construction and that results in good amount of stiffness for general riding, while retaining a degree of comfort.
As far as I'm concerned, these winter boots are definitely a better option than the faff and bulk overshoes - they're warmer and offer more protection from winter weather. If it's cold and wet, I'd take the Northwaves. If it was milder, still raining and a longer ride (two hours plus), I'd take the Northwaves. If it was just a quick fast boot around the lanes to get out, then overshoes would be ok, but the Northwaves are just so comfortable and still good.
As an all-round winter boot for commuting and training purposes, these are a very good option. It's sometimes hard to get excited by practical, functional kit, but in this instance the Northwave Artic shoes offer impressive performance in foul conditions, as long as they fit you well and you keep the Speed Lace tucked in well. Lace issue aside, the boots aren't bulky or heavy and, as winter boots go, outperform others I've used."
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