Northwave Flash Arctic GTX winter cycling boots review

Northwave’s winter cycling boot gives you lots of insulation, but at the expense of poorer foot support than a summer shoe

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Northwave Flash Arctic winter boots provide plenty of insulation against the damp and cold, making for more comfortable winter rides. But heel support is not very effective, leading to inefficient pedalling.

Reasons to buy
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    Fully enclosed winter boot

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    Good level of insulation

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Reasons to avoid
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    Heel slips around when pedalling

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    Quite difficult to get on

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As their name suggests, the Northwave Flash Arctic cycling shoes are insulated and designed for riding in cold conditions. They also include a GoreTex waterproof membrane, so they keep out damp from wet roads.

There are definite advantages in having the insulation and waterproofing built into a shoe which you will ride in through winter. The alternative of an overshoe with a lighter weight shoe doesn’t provide such efficient insulation and will not be as waterproof, so you’ll end up with wet feet if it rains, as water will get in through the cleat holes.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.