Have you been waiting to hear what 45NRTH has been teasing us with, all summer? Today is the day you get to meet Wölvhammer! We spoke with David Gabrys from 45NRTH and asked a few questions about these much anticipated, new boots.
Wölvhammer Cycling Boot
What Sizes will be available?
Sizes 38-50 (full sizes, there is no size 49)
How do all of those high-tech fabrics work together (and separately) to keep riders feet stay warm and dry?
The boot is a two part construction, with an inner boot insulated with 200 gram Thinsulate, fleece and monster fur. The outer boot functions as a mid-calf gaiter constructed out of 1000 denier Cordura backed with a Sympatex waterproof/breathable membrane. The inside of the gaiter is lined with Nylex, a wicking fleece. The insole contains 2mm of aerogel insulation between two layers of EVA foam. Aerogel has been used by NASA for years to insulate space suits and machinery. The insoles block cold from the cleat interface on the toe box. The Thinsulate on the inner boot, aerogel on the insole, and waterproof breathable gaiter functions as a system to keep your feet warm and dry. There is no other cycling boot on the market with this technology and approach to construction. We started by asking the question, “How can we take a mountaineering boot and make it appropriate for cycling”, rather than starting with how to make a cycling shoe warm.
Do you recommend buying a size larger to accommodate thick winter socks?
Everyone has a difference perception of cold. We use extra wide cycling lasts for the boot. With all the insulation and layers on our upper, we chose to mount each upper on a Vibram outsole that is one size larger. For example, a size 46 boot has a size 47 outsole. This allows for all the layers to spread wider on top of the outsole, providing more room in the toe box and a better fit for the customer. As always, it is important for people try on a pair before making a purchase.
What is the MSRP ?
When will they be available?
December 1st, 2012
What temperatures are the boots rated for?
We are completing testing at the moment that will give us some information, but we have chosen not to give a strict rating on the boot at the moment. There are too many factors that influence how warm the boot feels on any given person’s feet, including nuances of the individual. With that, our design objective of the boot was to make it the warmest boot that exists on the market. We are certain that this will be the experience our customers will have when they use the boot. Our objective is to help people stay warmer and drier for longer periods of time while riding in extreme cold winter conditions.
What does the name mean and what language?
Following the cue of our Hüsker Dü fatbike tire, Wolvhammer is a music group from Minneapolis. We added the umlot to the name so it reads Wölvhammer.
How can fat-bikers learn more about Wölvhammer?
At 9am (8/15/12) CDST – I will be tweeting live so people can ask questions.