Already seeing signs of cooler weather? Then it might be time to take stock of your current shoulder season gear – meant for that time of the year when it’s too warm for your deep winter kit, but still cold (and wet) enough to warrant some heavier layers. To celebrate the upcoming fall colors, 45NRTH has just dropped a new collection of transition pieces perfect for fall, spring, or any time you experience mild temperatures. n
Starting at the bottom, the new Ragnarök shoe/boot (shoot?) is a sleek shoe for cold and wet weather. The shoe is built with a microfiber upper that is also reflective which is placed over a protective membrane that offers wind and water protection. 45NRTH points out that this shoe is not water proof, but it is highly water resistant. They recommend covering the neoprene ankle with water proof rain pants in the wettest conditions to keep water from entering through the top.
A single Boa IP1 reel is mounted on the side for easy adjustment, and the ankle has velcro to keep tight around your leg.
Below, a real rubber outsole with anti-slip microglass squares helps keep traction on slippery surfaces, and a fiberglass injected nylon midsole provides pedaling thrust.
As mentioned, the shoe really lights up when hit by outside light sources, while the Tec Tuff toe and heel reinforcements stay dark. Offered in men’s wide 36-50 in full sizes only, the shoes include a temperature rating of 25°F and above.
For the body, 45NRTH has two new pieces in the Torvald line. One is a super light jacket which includes a nylon base fabric with a highly breathable stretch knit sid and underarm panels. The tightly woven main panels offer weather resistance which should make this a good option for days that the weather can’t make up its mind.
Available in black or citron, the jacket has a zippered rear pocket that doubles as a stash pocket for the jacket itself. Finally, an asymmetric zipper with a shaped collar is designed to prevent chin irritation.
The Torvald is also available in a vest which has all the same features, just without sleeves.
Risør merino glove liners and the Stavanger merino cap finish off the collection. The gloves are meant either as a liner for Sturmfist gloves or pogies, or as stand alone gloves in mild conditions. Made from a double face merino blend fabric, the merino ends up against your skin while the polyester stays outside for durability. Synthetic suede panes on the palm help improve grip.
The cap is a 100% merino wool built that is curved and fitted to tuck under your helmet. It comes in two sizes S/M, and L/XL to offer a better fit on more riders.