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Reviews Northwave Vertigo

Northwave Vertigo

These shoes are the most affordable of the three Vertigos in Northwave’s range and are hard-wearing but perfectly comfortable. They’re pitched at the enthusiast and, although this doesn’t mean that normal riding is compromised, they tend to let you down if you’re out on a particularly aggressive ride.

For example, the upper and outsole resilience provides a positive feel. But during sprints and climbing we couldn’t help feeling that the ‘carbon reinforcement’ has only a minimal impact upon the stiffness, and is actually just a woolly marketing claim.

For the price they’re a reasonable buy, though, and if you find that the Northwave fit is great for you it’s only a £10 premium for the ratchet-closure version, or £20 for stiffer full-carbon outsoles.

Contact : Jim Walker 0870 752 8777 www.i-ride.co.uk

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.

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