Northwave Team Shoes

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Team MTB

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[Feb 21, 2010]
cherub
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

All black was a good colour choice for MTB trails. Fit well. Good for narrow feet.

Weakness:

Soles failed catastrophically over a distance of 5km and not on a rough trail either. Compound between the sole and the rest of the shoe upper crumbled away leaving the sole with nothing to adhere to. I sincerely hope that NW have changed their shoe raw materials.

Sad to say that my first pair of MTB shoes have failed dismally. I have really looked after these shoes and not mistreated them. They are now 4.5yrs old but still in mint condition except for the sole failure. Problem appears to be the breakdown of the rubber compound between the upper and the sole. Definitely not due to rough treatment and only 1000km of use. Storage indoors and away from chemicals, sun & moisture. Unlike other reviews above, the first response from local distributor seems positive. Given that I've had them for 5 years, I don't really expect to get anything out of it but THESE SHOES SHOULD NOT HAVE FAILED SO CATASTROPHICALLY. DEFINITELY A QUALITY FAULT.

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first pair of MTB shoes

[Dec 07, 2001]
Brad
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

They go great with a Ronald McDonald halloween costume (the red and yellow ones at least)

Weakness:

Soles delaminate from the shoes after little use. Dismal customer service and a hideous farce of a warranty policy.

I have used my Northwaves less than twenty times and the soles are delaminating. I contacted Northwave regarding warranty and they refused to stand behind their product. As I work in the bicycle industry and have worked in warranty departments before I find Northwave's warranty policy, customer service, and products to be inexcusable. Looking through the other postings here my problems with both my shoes and Northwave the company seem very common. Adding insult to injury is the high price of their products...even at employee purchase. Does all Northwave's money go into marketing and paying nubile women to pose with Cipollini? How about spending some of that on R&D to make a product that could make it through at least a few months of use?

I had a pair of Sidi Dominators for 4 years of mountain bike racing and cyclocross, and beyond replacing the buckles they were still going strong. I would give my Northwaves to my dog as a chew toy, but he deserves better.

Bottom line: a)buy anything but these shoes b)MTBr should add a "zero flaming chili" rating for products like these.

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Sidi Dominators

[Oct 29, 2001]
Gregg Smith
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Nice fit, heel cup is super

Weakness:

Don't like not being able to replace the cleat plate if something happens to it.

I got these on sale, and would never have paid the suggested retail ($200.00) for them. Nice shoes...but not THAT nice. They fit well, and as long as you aren't abusing them they seem to hold up well. The appearance? Well looking like a refugee from McDonald's isn't that bad is it?

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Nike, Adiddas

[Aug 07, 2006]
robin D
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Nice fit,Euro looks if you like that sort of thing

Weakness:

Self destructing

My third pair just fell apart,I have complained to the company,no response..Garbage

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Shimano,answer

[Sep 05, 2001]
Geoff
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Stiff, comfortable, good soles

Weakness:

The fact that they are total crap. Poor workmanship and total lack of quality.

Remember the old addage - you get what you pay for. I bought the team steaths last winter on sale for $95 from Jensonusa.com. I guess that the regular price of these shoes was $210. Why, I have no idea, but I feel sorry for anyone who paid full price for these pieces of sh*t. In less than a season of riding. they have had to be repaired 3 different times. The last time, I'm on a long ride in the middle of nowhere and the right sole completely delaminated from the rest of the shoe. Hint - if you buy these or if you own a pair, make sure that you keep a roll of electrical tape with you on every ride! Northwaves are OK roadie shoes, but go with Sidi for MTB shoes.

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[Aug 07, 2001]
Striker
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

stiff, fit, comfortable, color scheme, grippy sole

Weakness:

none

These are great shoes. They are stiff, fit well, and are comfy to the point where I'd wear them all the time. Some people hate the alternating color scheme, I use to, but after the dozens of compliments, I decided it wasn't so bad after all. Also, the sole is grippy and they have held up perfectly. I have had no durability issues and can't understand how anyone could find two velcro straps hard to use.

[Sep 21, 2000]
Todd
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Italian fit, breathability, durability, fairly stiff

Weakness:

Contrasting gaudy colors from left to right shoe are an eyesore

I haven't had the same problems as the others, my shoes have been very tough and they fit like good Italian shoes should (unlike my Nike Yuhas, which have hot spots). They work just fine with Time ATAC pedals, no tread shaving is required. I tried to reach Northwave once on their website regarding toe spikes, got no replies, and reviews below seem to confirm my suspicions that there is no customer service/support. Still, I can't complain about my shoes, they've done the job well and I got them for just a little over a hundred bucks at Supergo. And I've gotten used to people making fun of my shoes not matching. Bottom line is they work well for me.

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[Jun 25, 2001]
n
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Fit, Fit, Fit

Weakness:

Ugly!!!

The northwave team shoes are wonderful. I have been riding in them for over a year without any problems. The fit is the best of any cycling shoe I have ever tried, and I have tried on just about every brand available. The only thing I have found wrong with them is the Ronald McDonald color scheme.

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[Jan 14, 2000]
Will
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Fit, Fit, Fit
Light but stiff

Weakness:

Ugly as sin

Reading the only other review of these shoes, I can only conclude that greg got a pair with a bad cleat plate. I'm surprised he didn't just return them to the shop he bought them at for a new pair. The shoes have a 2-year warranty.

Personally, I have had only good experiences. The shoes fit like shoes should, they're stiff enough for anybody short of a sumo wrestler, the heel cup is far better than anything else out there and the outsoles are great in soft dirt or mud.

The only downside is the color. Maybe it's my yankee nature, but I really have trouble with how ugly these suckers are. But then again, I don't look at my feet while riding, so no big deal.

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[Jan 07, 2000]
Alex
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

stiff,comfy,snazzy colors,Paulo Pezzo wears them. Evans wears em

Weakness:

if i find any I'l teel ya -- price mebbe

stiiff, sleek, cool colors, basically the best shoe on the market. Nuff said. you can't stand for anything less -- GO OUT AND BUY RIGHT NOW

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