With the Specialized CruX Pro Carbon build nearing completion, we thought it might be an idea to secure some cyclo-cross specific shoes in which to ride it.
Northwave have stepped into the breach and sent us a pair of their Hammer CX shoes. When writing these pieces I always try to remain objective, so I am going to start by observing that this particular of disco slippers is also available in black. Our sample pair, however, has come in a red, white and green colour scheme that can be accurately described as vibrant and is perhaps best suited to the feet of the Italian national champion.
On the construction of the Hammer CX, they are a mid-height shoe with a PU/neoprene upper. The foot is secured by three Velcro straps, although it is of note that the neoprene ankle cuff should also be an aid in keeping your hoof snug in the shoe. Although not a fully waterproof design, the Hammer CX has a water resistant upper with even the small mesh sections gaining the benefit of a water shedding treatment. The uppers do have a heavy-duty strap to assist with pulling on, which might otherwise have been a concern due to the higher cuff.
Moving onto the sole, Northwave have used a design formed from fibreglass reinforced nylon. This is likely to be a little less stiff than carbon, but, crucially for the task at hand, easier to run in. The sole has pre-formed, blade-style treads; the fitment of a treaded, grippy rubber mid-section assists here. There are two removable, plastic studs on the front of the shoes and some really quite aggressive-looking metal studs that look ready to do a fine job on a muddy bank. You wouldn’t want someone wearing them to stand on your toes, though.
The Northwave Hammer CX weigh-in at 398g per shoe, a little over the claimed 347 grams but this perhaps can be ascribed to sizing (we have a 43). We’ll be testing them in the weeks ahead. Check back soon for a full review.
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