Northwave Celcius R Arctic GTX winter cycling boots review

Will these winter boots have you toasting toasty toes?

Northwave Celsius R Arctic GTX winter cycling boots
(Image: © Robin Wilmott)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The Northwave Celcius R Arctic GTX offers great warmth, effective fastening and decent pedalling performance, but is let down a little by its loose ankle cuff.


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    Impressively warm shoes

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    Simple, effective fastening and on-the-fly adjustment

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    Good low light visibility


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    The ankle cuff doesn't fit closely around the lower leg

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    Getting in and out requires more effort than some

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    Non-replaceable heel and toe bumpers aren't very generous

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First of all, some housekeeping. Northwave’s website and that of the UK distributor both refer to these as ‘Arctic’, but the Northwave box they’re supplied in says ‘Artic’. Since the former clearly refers to a polar region, rather than an abbreviated type of lorry, I’m running with it. 

And secondly, is it a shoe or a boot? Northwave’s Celcius R Arctic GTX bears some resemblance to the Northwave Flash TH winter shoes, now seemingly replaced by the Magma R Core, but with an ankle-warming cuff added. That cuff is completely flexible, unlike the main shoe, giving a more shoe-like feel, but still looking like a boot. The dictionary definition of boot is a covering of the foot and all, or part of, the leg, and on that basis, it’s definitely a boot.

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