Today, 45North surprised customers when they released the newest addition to their footwear collection by posting a provocative video online. Aimed at providing protection in conditions that would typically force a cyclist to use shoe covers, 45North has taken this simple idea and created another new shoe one year after their award-winning Wölvhammer boot.
Designed with the 25 to 45 degree Fahrenheit range in mind, the FASTERKATT performs optimally in the sort of damp cold that the Pacific Northwest throws your way, making it ideal for riding in weather up to and all the way through the traditional cyclocross season season. FASTERKATT is constructed with a waterproof membrane and rubberized textile shell that extends above the ankle.
“Most cleated cycling shoes are built with unsealed cleat pockets and mesh uppers. We’ve been watching people modify their shoes and shoe covers for years, telling us there was a clear need for something better suited for transition season cycling,” said David Gabrys, 45North Brand Manager. “With FASTERKATT we created a performance shoe that eliminates the need for shoe covers and adds features that specifically address demands for enhanced comfort and control.”
The bottom of the shoe is sealed with a waterproof membrane to keep any water from getting through the 2-bolt compatible cleat slots. FASTERKATT is also the first cycling shoe to use micro-glass outsole rubber technology to enhance surface traction while walking or running on slippery surfaces. The three-piece insole is built with arch support and uses wool, heat-reflective aluminum and a waffle substructure to store heat keep feet cozy.
The FASTERKATT retails for $225 and will be shipping to dealers in October. We’ll be getting our hands (feet) on a pair this fall and once the weather start to deteriorate, we’ll have a full review.