Northwave Flash TH cycling shoes review

The Flash TH is built like a standard cycling shoe but with watertight uppers and plenty of insulation built in

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Northwave Flash TH cycling shoes will take you through the majority of your winter rides in comfort. They feel like a normal road shoe, are well insulated and have a reasonably stiff sole. They cope well with damp road conditions, but adjustment is a bit harder than with a Boa dial.

Reasons to buy
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    Warm without being bulky

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    Water resistant

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    Will last a lot longer than overshoes

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    Reasonably inexpensive winter shoe option

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Reasons to avoid
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    May need to size up to fit warmer socks

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    Limited cleat position adjustment

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    Dial closure is a bit fiddly to adjust when riding

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Cycling footwear for winter conditions is a bit tricky, but the Northwave Flash TH cycling shoes provide a good option for cold, dry conditions.

The standard option for winter riding is a pair of summer shoes with an overshoe. This gives protection from cold and wet, but overshoes are fragile, wear quickly and are not cheap. Often the bases or the zips give up, so it’s unusual to get more than a couple of seasons’ use from a pair.

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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.