Offering superior installation and maximum comfort, these Northwave Celsius Arctic GTX Boots are made from a water repellent and breathable material that offers proper protection in extreme weather conditions. Also featuring a speed lace system in which you simply pull the cord and push the clip downward to automatically lock the laces in place, these versatile boots also boast a sole made up of thermoplastic enriched with carbon powder to provide rigidity and maximum grip. - E.D
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Pros: Not too heavy feeling. Easy to walk in Warm Easy lace system Cons: Straps have nowhere to go after tightening Haven't tested the waterproof aspect in standing water but went on a MTB ride and commuted in the wet and the feet were nice and dry.
I returned a pair of Louis Garneau O Ergo Grip shoes after receiving these. LG's are OK but inferior to these. LG sole may offer a little more grip if you're into cycle cross. These Northwave's are easier to get my feet in and zip up much easier - especially when my hands are cold. I am fairly sure the Northwave's will be warmer than the LG's if riding in 35F-45F / 2C-5C temperatures for a couple of hours. The Northwave's cost $50 move than the LG'sand I think they are worth the additional cost.
I've had great luck with Northwave shoes -- both road and MTB -- in the past. They fit my feet well. I've never had a blister or a sore foot after a ride. They're all I ride now. So, I was predisposed to favor Northwave winter boots. Still, I did lots of research before purchasing these. Lots of other models seemed more hiking boot-y or touring-y, so those were out. Models from some other brands had good reviews, too, but nothing that made me think that they would be better than the Celsiuses, which received uniformly good marks. As I've been very happy with the soles of my MTB-model Northwave shoes, I decided it would be foolish to gamble on something other the Celsius. I do lots of technical, rocky, loggy, steppy singletrack on my cross bike and for much of it I end up running. The soles and replaceable rubber studs grip well in dirt and on slick rock surfaces. I guess I buried the lead, as what you really want to know is what I spent so many hours scouring the web to find: How warm do they keep your feet? For what temperature ranges do these "work?" So far, it hasn't been ridiculously cold in Philadelphia. I've ridden them in windy, damp 32F/OC weather with light-mideight wool socks and my toes were cool and not uncomfortable. With the same combination at 45F/7C the toes were very warm, and also not uncomfortable. The size 45 I purchased has room for heavier wool socks and a lightweight sock liner without being too cramped, though I imagine that when it's 15F/-9C, damp, and windy, I'll still end a ride with cold toes. My feet get cold pretty quickly, so if you search around, you're likely to find results that describe these boots as much more toasty at the temperatures I mentioned, and those may well be closer to how your feet deal with the cold. The only thing I had to get used to with these is that the speed lace system with overlapping velcro closures -- while easy to operate -- doesn't fit quite as securely as the Northwave SBS and velcro straps I've grown accustomed to. So, the foot moves around a tiny bit in the shoe. It's OK, especially with the extra support the higher ankle provides. ProBikeKit service was great, with detailed follow-up on my order, which arrived in Philadelphia not much more than a week after I ordered. With the expedited shipping, my total cost was still around the retail price. In conclusion, I am really happy with the fit and feel of these boots. The looser fit and ability to make the instep and ankles even looser to fit heavier socks are a plus rather than a problem. Though I haven't actually submerged the boots, I've forded lots of streams on the bike and ridden in rain and sleet, and my socks ended up dry at the end of the ride. If these wear like my other Northwave shoes -- as I'm sure they will -- I should have these for many winters, late falls, and early springs.