Northwave has been working with Michelin to develop some new shoes that they’ve just announced. Northwave sent over some information on these three new shoes (Dolomites EVO, Spider Plus 2, and Spider 2) that you can read all about inside.
Michelin’s tires technology (“from tires to soles”) has been transfused into new all-mountain shoes, boasting a catching and original design. Northwave’s three new models, presented today in Germany, are the first cycling shoes to ever employ Michelin’s soles technology. “Research, technology and innovation are the key-values we wish to share with our Partners, and in Northwave we immediately found a perfect identity of vision and targets, and that gave us a greater boost to establish this new relationship,” JV International’s Managing Director Ambrogio Merlo commented.
Excellent performance and shock-absorbing attitude are the highlights of new Northwave Dolomites Evo, 2015 Northwave’s All-Mountain top model. Dolomites Evo is equipped with innovative Rock’r sole, co-engineered by Northwave and Michelin, setting new benchmarks in the All-Mountain branch for stability and performance. Its name is not by a case: its tread recalls the one of Wild Rock’r 2, Michelin’s top MTB tire.
The tread’s shoulder blocks have been widened to increase stability, just like on tires. The sole is built with two different compounds: the black area is made of OC Compound, characterized by excellent grip and outstanding strength, providing stability and abrasion resistance, while the blue part – heavy-stressed and most crucial for grip – employs OC 4 Compound, even more resistant against abrasion and compression.
In addition, the exclusive X-Crossbow construction, developed by Northwave through its winter sports and technical shoes experience, along with materials technology, makes the heel area extremely elastic, and that results in excellent shock-absorbing qualities.
SPIDER PLUS 2 AND SPIDER 2
Superior grip and shock absorbing are the key features of Spider Plus 2 and Spider 2, the two models that employ the second sole co-developed by Northwave and Michelin, X-Crossbow Michelin. Compared to Rock’r, X-Crossbow Michelin provides the same excellent grip and traction characteristics, but with a less stiff structure to increase the walking comfort. The sole shares several Rock’r technical solutions and materials, while displaying a different design and an even more striking and colored look.
As the name itself suggests, the sole employs Northwave X-Crossbow technology, providing increased elasticity in the heel’s area and improved shock absorption. Thanks to Michelin’s experience, the tread’s design is inspired to the French company’s tires, and is conceived to dump the mud and dirt collected in the sculptures, keeping the tread’s surface always clean, while also ensuring superb grip and traction on every terrain.
Those who choose Spider Plus 2 and Spider 2 will definitely get noticed for their impactful colors and designs: Spider Plus 2 is available in Anthra-Black-Orange version only, while Spider 2 presents two options Red-Green and Black.