If you listen to all of the #crossiscoming hashtags (#crossishere?), it’s pretty clear that fall weather is on the way. Not just the sloppy mud associated with cyclocross but the cold wind and rain “shoulder” seasons are known for. 45NRTH is preparing for colder weather with their all new Japanther cycling boots. Taking the place of their previous Fasterkatt boots, the Japanther rocks out with a redesigned upper for better fit while maintaining the same level of protection for wet and cold climates…
Key to the performance of the Japanther is a new upper with a waterproof membrane and a rubberized shell that extends above the ankle. When combined when combined with a rubberized lace cover and water resistant zipper, the boot should provide excellent protection against wetness in temperatures from 25°F to 40°F.
The Japanther also has a new adjustable ankle pipe that is responsible for a better fit for people with different sized lower legs. The fit around the ankle is critical to keep the boots dry since water could enter the top if it is loose. Of course being a fall/winter boot the Japanther has plenty of reflective accents for the darker times,
Available in both two bolt mountain and three bolt road soles, the mountain sole continues the use of a Hypergrip outsole. Hypergrip uses Microglass filament lugs to increase grip on wet and icy surfaces, and continues to do so even as the tread wears. Bonded to a nylon midsole, Japanthers should be good for longer rides and even cyclocross.
Inside the boot, there is a three-piece foot bed with waffle EVA foam, a heat reflective aluminum layer, and a covering of 1mm wool felt. The three parts combine to create a foot bed that offers additional warmth between you and the pedals or the ground.
Sold in men’s wide 36-50 (no 49) and in full sizes only, Japanthers will sell for $225 for both the road and mountain versions and will be arriving at dealers in late September.