45NRTH Launches ‘Real’ Winter Boot.

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45NRTH is a winter/snow bike cousin of QBP’s Salsa and Surly brand. Being based in Minnesota, its designers know what it’s like to commute in -20°C temperatures in the winter. As well as coming out with fat bike tyres, it’s just announced a ‘real’ winter boot for this winter.

It’s SPD compatible and build from six layers of synthetic material to shrug off snow and cold.

Just needs a platform sole for full '70s effect!

“More people than ever are riding and commuting on bicycles all winter long, so we’ve been seeing growing demand for SPD-compatible footwear,” said David Gabrys, 45NORTH brand manager. “Our mission was to create the warmest and most comfortable cycling boot on the market.”

SPD compatible with insulated cleat bolts

The design idea for the Wölvhammer originated outside of cycling. “Our vision was to take what we know works in disciplines such as mountaineering, and combine it with our experience riding in deep winter to create the best winter cycling boot ever made”, said Gabrys. “We have been riding through Minnesota winters for many years, where the average winter temperature is 13° Fahrenheit. We know what works in the cold and what doesn’t.

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Gaiter compatible to keep your boots from filling up
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”One common challenge with SPD-compatible winter cycling boots is the cold spot on top of the metal cleats. 45NORTH solved this problem by constructing the Wölvhammer’s insoles from Aerogel nanotechnology, the same material NASA uses to insulate space suits and temperature-sensitive electronic components. “Best of all, Aerogel doesn’t compress

    , so it holds its insulation value even when you’re stepping on it,” Gabrys said.

Other advanced features of the Wölvhammer include an outer boot constructed from 1000-denier Cordura, a Sympatex waterproof breathable membrane, and an Action Leather mudguard from the toe to the heel. The inner boot is insulated with 200g Thinsulate and lined with a combination of monster fur and synthetic fleece inside a warm and spacious toe box. Finally, the Wölvhammer’s hassle-free cinch-lock closure system, and a durable sealed YKK zipper secure the boot against the elements.

The boot comes in full sizes only, 38–50 (no size 49), and won’t be cheap (US price is more than $300). It should be arriving in the UK around Christmas time. Just in time for those February winter events in Alaska.


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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (17)

    “lined with a combination of monster fur and synthetic fleece”

    That’ll be why they’re so expensive. Must be pretty costly tracking down Yetis, werewolves etc (do you get to choose which monster?)….

    I have those big guys from The Muppets in mind. Do you think they just shear them? Or kill and skin them?

    I guess it would be more sustainable to shear them – just think – this could be the start of a merket for ‘Fairtrade Muppet Fur’.

    Might have to get some of these…

    Are they only any good for dry cold or are they waterproof?

    My problem is when my feet are eff cold and it’s wet…

    Jojo, I take it you didn’t see the bit that says “a Sympatex waterproof breathable membrane”?

    I will have the finest footwear at the Strathpuffer.

    Well me think you should order them TODAY jojo 😉

    Looks good. Except: fine-tooth zips and velcro are no good on a winter boot. Snow/ice lands on feet. Melts slightly, into zips and velcro, re-freezes when you gain altitude or it gets colder. Zips and velcro now full of ice so don’t work. Covering opens up, boot fills with more snow, cycle continues, except you now have cold feet…..

    Probably less of a problem in areas where winter temperatures are a long way below freezing, but most UK winter riding often involves a slight thaw at some point.

    too round toed. Pleeease someone make a winter boot for the square footed.

    mec287 said: On August 15, 2012
    I guess it would be more sustainable to shear them – just think – this could be the start of a merket for ‘Fairtrade Muppet Fur’.

    corrected to:

    mec287 said: On August 15, 2012

    Good job you didn’t say ‘merkin’… now, that could prove interesting (“,)

    They look great for winter commuting as well as hill rides; better start saving now…

    Oh yes. We’ll all take a set of those please.

    So is summer over already? Bugger!

    I was hoping for a late rally by the summer. Not even had a chance to wear my ‘summer shorts’ yet! :-/

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