The 45NRTH Fasterkatt takes a mild-mannered approach to winter cycling footwear with a weather-resistant, high-cut upper but minimal insulation. As long as you’re not heading out in truly frigid temperatures, this is one of the better foul-weather cycling shoes we’ve tested.
Highs: Excellent fit for a winter shoe, sleek exterior, grippy outsole, reasonably lightweight
Lows: Laces require periodic re-tightening, zipper requires regular care, very aggressive arch support
As the Fasterkatt is intended for somewhat milder conditions (-3°C/25°F to 7°C/45°F, according to 45NRTH), the last is closer to what you’d expect from a standard cycling shoe and the quality of fit benefits accordingly. Hiding beneath the waterproof, zippered exterior shell is a cam-locked speed lacing system similar to what you’d find on many snowboarding or cross-country ski boots. Once snugged up, the laces distribute pressure evenly across your foot and lock your heel in place.H FASTERKATT ROAD SPD