Cyclocross makes specific demands of your gear, and Northwave's Hammer CX Men's MTB Shoe is designed to satisfy them. 'Cross means you'll be running, jumping, and pedaling, probably through mud, snow, hellfire, and hot lava, so your shoes can't have the brutally stiff soles of a pure road crusher. Northwave compromised by designing the Speedlight 3D CX sole from a combination of nylon and fiberglass, which provides good stiffness and comfortable flex for good walkability and comfort. It's also designed to accommodate front studs if you're looking for added grip in treacherous conditions. A great sole only works if it's attached to a great upper. Northwave's Ultralight PU is durable, flexible, and designed using BioMap technology, which creates a seamless finish that's perfectly adapted to minimize rubbing and hot spots. There's an internal neoprene liner that seals around your ankles to keep water out, and a Performance Pro footbed that supports your arch and keeps your foot in prime pedaling position. The finishing touch is three hook and loop straps that provide easy adjustment and prevent slop whether you're running, pedaling, or leaping over obstacles.