45NRTH Announces A New Boot: Fasterkatt- by Guitar Ted
Last year, the upstart 45NRTH company based out of Bloomington, Minnesota, introduced the Winter boot called the Wolvhammer. (Reviewed here) Now they have announced another cold weather boot dubbed the “Fasterkatt”.
While the Wolvhammer is a full on deep winter footwear product, the Fasterkatt aims at those times when you might use a traditional mountain biking type shoe with a shoe cover/bootie to keep your feet warm on a ride. 45NRTH feels these shoes should keep most riders feet warm in the 25°F to 45°F range of temperatures. The Fasterkatt is claimed to be really good at “damp” cold, such as one might encounter in the Pacific Northwest, and in fact, 45NRTH is saying these boots should make great cyclo cross footwear for those muddy, wet conditions we so often see up in that corner of the nation during Fall. To insure this claim, 45NRTH used a rubberized textile shell that extends above the ankle and constructed it with a waterproof membrane.
Furthermore, the bottom of the Fasterkatt is sealed with a waterproof membrane on the bottom against the elements with even the cleat area not being open to the insole. 45NRTH’s David Gabrys says,” 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.”
The three piece insole is a technological laden feature of the Fasterkatt and includes wool, an aluminum heat reflective layer, and a waffle pattern, (said to “store heat”), to help insure that feet stay warm. Comfort is also enhanced by the insole’s arch support.
45NRTH, a company that also sells Winter tires, didn’t forget that riding in cold, wet weather might also require walking/running, and added features to the Fasterkatt to insure you get a good grip on terra firma if you are running up in a CX race, or having to walk your bike across a wet, slick city street. 45NRTH says that the Fasterkatt uses a “micro-glass” rubber outsole technology to enhance traction, which they claim is a first in the cycling shoe market.
David Gabrys goes on to say that, “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.” That pretty much sums this new footwear product up well. Riders can expect the Fasterkatt to appear in 45NRTH dealer stores in October and 45NRTH has set the retail price on these boots at $225.00USD. For a product video on the Fasterkatt, Click Here
Note: Images and information used in this post were provided to Twenty Nine Inches by 45NRTH.