It’s officially autumn now, so 45NRTH is prepping for the onslaught of colder weather. Cross may be coming first, but winter is not far behind either. For 45Nrth, riding through the cold snowy winters means keeping your extremities warm, and keeping the rubber side down. And for this coming winter, they’ve got new Ragnarök boots and a new fast-rolling Dillinger 4 studded fat bike tire. Plus, there’s new socks, gloves & headwear to keep you warm.
And more is on the way in their Winter: We’re Here For It teaser…
45NRTH Cold weather gear, “Winter: We’re Here For It”
45Nrth says their 2023-2024 winter campaign anthem is “designed to share our winter stoke with like-minded cold weather riders and encourage our fair-weather friends to extend their riding seasons and try something new this winter“. But it’s also a teaser of several new product launches that will debut this fall. We spotted plenty goodies new and old that suggests new colors are coming to current gear. And there are new merino socks to keep your toes cozy, and more new options in caps, neck gaiters & full-on balaclavas to keep the chill at bay.
But also it looks like their popular winter riding boots get updated again, too.
New Ragnarök “transition season” cycling boot
Not quite a full deep-winter boot for year-round riders in the far north, 45Nrth still rates the Ragnarök as comfortable down to 25°F/ -4°C. That’s made it a popular winter riding boot in the Bikerumor family. This new version goes back to a more manageable mid-height velcro + neoprene cuff, retaining the waterproof membrane construction.
It keeps a single long-cable Li2 Boa dial closure on the outside. But that speed lacing features a revised layout for better tension and wider fit range.
And it features an all-new flatter sole inspired by the more deep winter Wölvhammer & Wølfgar boots, with the same natural rubber and Hypergrip lugs to grab onto ice. That shift also makes the new Ragnarök a more versatile shoe, either for riding on flat pedals or MTB clipless pedals.
The new 45Nrth Ragnarök shoulder season boots sell for $215 in either all black or a new Glacial gray. They come in whole sizes from EU 36-50.
Redesigned Dillinger 4 studded fatbike tire tread update
Another bit of 45Nrth winter riding news is an update to their Dillinger 4 tread pattern. Available in either 27.5 x 4.0″ or 26 x 4.2″, the newly updated tread aims to make the studded Dillinger even faster-rolling in its narrower guise.
The new Dillinger 4 design looks similar to that of old, but manages to be both more grippy in mixed conditions, but less drag while riding on hard surfaces. To make that work, the tire features 3 taller, more aggressive blocks that span the fast-rolling center. But lower bridges now connect the lugs to prevent squirm. In between, 3 smaller trad lugs for a supportive central arrow.
The other big difference is in between the center and cornering shoulders, where one of the transition knobs is gone. Then the result now is, between each repeating set of lugs there are now only 4 carbide studs where there had been 6, reducing weight and drag with minimal impact on real grip.
The redesigned tubeless-ready 45Nrth Dillinger 4 studded fatbike tire starts at $122 per tire in a 120tpi casing without studs, but ready for you to add as many as you want. For $162 you pick up the tire pre-studded with 168 carbide steel studs in the heavier 60tpi casing. Or then for $212 per tire you get the more supple 120tpi casing, and 168 large concave carbide aluminum studs already installed. So, pick from black or tan walls in some combinations.
It’s not cheap to get premium studded fatbike tires. But at the same time, it’s hard to argue with the grip if you ride through icy winters.
What more is coming from 45Nrth for this winter?
What more is coming this autumn? We’d guess more boot & tire updates based on that teaser video. Plus, there were a bunch of commuter bike shots suggesting there’s more coming in the sphere…