Gear reviews, Shoes » Northwave Mission Shoe

• Vibram Sole
• X Power Cage upper
• Laces and big ankle strap
• Footbed Freeride

SPD/cleat compatible

Size 36 – 49

Comments (4)

SwervyJanuary 2nd, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’ve been riding these for a month through a Pacific Northwest winter, on and off-road, and they are exactly the shoes I’ve been wanting for bikepacking and commuting.

The Vibram sole compound cannot be matched for its traction, even when wet. The lugs of the sole hike up and down on all terrain like a decent hiking shoe. Walking around town, they feel and look pretty normal.

On the bike, they are not quite as stiff as my Sidi Dominators or other high-end bike specific shoes, but they are still adequately stiff.

They use traditional laces and a Velcro strap, which (IMO) lessens the chances of some proprietary plastic buckle breaking in the middle of nowhere (Sidi).

They fit to size and even accommodate my wide feet without having to use my shoe stretcher.

The uppers seem quite breathable, but I’ve been using Seal Skin socks throughout our wet and cool winter, so it’s a little hard to tell what they’ll be like this summer.

Overall, these shoes ought to be considered for anybody who plans on being off-the-bike enough to warrant a good hiking shoe, or anybody looking for an all-rounder bike/hike/commute type of shoe. For the money, they’re a steal.

Jeff TomassettiJanuary 6th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

What do they weigh?

SwervyJanuary 9th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

My size 44 (10 U.S.) weigh in at 2lb 8 oz (1133g) with Shimano SPD cleats and some residual dirt. I suspect the somewhat chunky sole accounts for a large % of this. IMO, well worth it for the Vibram sole.

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