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The 45Nrth Japanther Winter Shoe

Whether you’re going for a short trail ride to beat your cabin fever, or trying to ride from Vancouver to Seattle on the winter equinox, a good set of winter shoes make the difference between recounting the event as a memorable adventure and a grim winter slog. Morgan Taylor of NSMB recently completed a mid-winter 200-mile ride through the rainy pacific northwest, but he was fortunate enough to be riding in the 45Nrth Japanther winter boots, which were able to keep him warm and dry throughout!

Morgan commends 45Nrth on their clever design, with a stiff, supportive sole which is nevertheless grippy enough to walk indoors or on the trail with confidence.

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“The Japanther’s outsole has chunky lugs made of soft rubber that land quietly on hard floors, which translates to decent grip outdoors.”
-Morgan Taylor, NSMB

The Japanther is designed to keep riders comfortable, even in wet and snowy weather, while remaining light. The shoes aren’t 100% waterproof, but highly water resistant and warm enough to ensure you stay comfortable, no matter the conditions.

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“The zippered cover does an excellent job of keeping the lacing system and liner clean, which makes getting back into the Japanthers after a wet day all that much more bearable.”
-Morgan Taylor, NSMB

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I wasn’t planning on getting these shoes, but am I ever glad I did. My feet have never been happier on long and cold winter rides, from the trails to the road. Some part of that is having a shoe with adequate volume for big socks, but the winter-specific aspects of the Japanther’s design keep my feet warmer and still drier than shoes and shoe covers ever have. It would be nice if the outer material was a bit more waterproof, but as long as my feet are warm, I’m happy.
-Morgan Taylor, NSMB


The 45Nrth Japanther is available through your local Live to Play Sports dealer. Head on in and try a pair on today, then get out and actually enjoy some winter riding conditions!