Northwave Raptor S.B.S Shoes

DESCRIPTION

The Raptor SBS has a special 3D structure that protects and stabilises the foot while pedalling, even in harsh conditions. The fit is extraordinary, and the Carbon Reinforced sole adapts to all kinds of use – whether amateur or competitive – ensuring excellent efficiency on all types of terrain.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 23, 2010]
midlifechrisis
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Stiff sole.
Comfortable for those with wider feet.
Front vents really effective on hot summer rides.

Weakness:

Weak ratchet system.
Side mesh tears.
Needed to cut the tongue.
Poor insert.
Bulky looking.
Front vents take water in too easily & give you freezing feet on cold rides.

I bought these two years ago on sale price. The first changes I had to make were to remove the flat uncomfortable insert & replace it with the Specialized BG inserts from my old shoes. 100% more comfortable. I also found the tongue too long which cut into my ankles, so I cut slits in to make them work for me. After that they worked great for a year and a half until both ratchet buckles broke (they always felt too flimsy). The mesh sides between the "leather" strips began to rip as well.
For all these reasons I wont be looking at Northwave for my next pair of shoes. I'll probably get Specialized again, as the BG inserts are the comfiest I've tried.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized.

[Sep 01, 2009]
Green Giant
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Quality build, width is nice, pricing available is great.

Weakness:

northwaves sizing chart is mediocre

Wow, great shoe even at $150 bucks. I've been really happy with the shoe. It's comfortable and has a bit more width that most other brands. Sole is nice and stiff and the buckle system is outstanding. Best system I've used for that top buckle. It has a microadjust feature that is awesome.

Northwave's sizing chart is a bit off in my opinion so beware. For instance I wear a 10-10.5 wide shoe and northwaves chart put me at a 43-43.5, I ended up in a 44 like I do most other shoes.

Shoes are personal obviously, but from a build and comfort standpoint these are great, the buckle system is very nice, and the value out there is outstanding. If you have a narrow foot - use northwaves sizing chart or look elsewhere.

I did find the 43.5 was too short and the 44 a shade long, but after adding a nice insole with some arch support these are GREAT.

Similar Products Used:

all sorts of shoes

[Aug 08, 2009]
deenj
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strong Sole, S.B.S. system is awesome for getting out quickly. Extra vents in toe & upper are awesome for breathability, but not "breezy"

Weakness:

Cleats slip a little, but maybe I didn't tighten them good enough?

I'm not sure I would pay full price for these guys, but if you find a deal, they're awesome. If my budget allowed $120, I probably would've considered Sidi's as well, but for the price, these are great. They're very comfortable, and I've never had blisters from long rides.

Similar Products Used:

none--these are my 1st pair of clipless shoes

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