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Any cycling shoes specifically for cold, wet weather?(29 posts)

Any cycling shoes specifically for cold, wet weather?Dog
Oct 30, 2001 11:50 AM
Are there any insulated, waterproof cycling shoes? I can't find any. If now, why not? Seems like there would be a huge market for them. Heck, I'd buy them, and we don't even have real winters.

I have covers, but it would be so much nicer not to have to mess with them.

Sidi makes them (nm)zelig
Oct 30, 2001 11:53 AM
thanks, checking their website nmDog
Oct 30, 2001 11:56 AM
Thought you lived in paradisepmf1
Oct 30, 2001 11:54 AM
55 degree winters. Quit yer whinin.

I did once see some Italian winter shoes in some catalogue. They weren't water proof though. Just get some neoprene booties. For longer rides in the winter, I sometimes use those chemical handwarmers in my shoes. They work pretty well at generating heat.
I'm a wimpDog
Oct 30, 2001 1:29 PM
I admit it; I just can't stand being cold and wet, even if my "cold" weather is someone else's nice spring day. It just seems like there should be a shoe made for this.

I have neoprene over shoes, two kinds, neoprene socks, wool socks, etc. They will get the job done, but it would be just so much easier to pull on some shoes and be done with it, you know.

I'm thinking about this today as I'm looking at rain for the first time in six months here. Yup, hasn't rained in over six months (more than a trace, at least). We are definitely spoiled here.


Nah, just luckypmf1
Oct 30, 2001 1:40 PM
Did you see the Sidi mtn bike shoes for winter? I actually considered buying these out of some obscure catalogue a few years ago. They were a close-out.

I still think that no matter how much padding you put in a shoe, your feet will get cold. Mine get cold after riding 2-3 hours in the 40-50 degree range with neoprene booties on. I think the worse thing you can do is put on heavy socks and cram your feet tightly into your shoes. Same goes for gore-tex socks. I was very unimpressed with mine. Feet keep warmer moving around a bit.

Nothing worse than two cold bricks for feet. Try the hand warmers.

There is winter here in DC, but its not as bad as Missouri where I grew up, or Minnesota where I went to grad school. Still, I'd take 100 degrees any day of the week.
Have you considered overbooties?Brian C.
Oct 30, 2001 12:01 PM
There's an outdoors clothing store chain in Canada that sells a type of waterproof, urethane-coated boot that slips over your riding shoes. I see bike couriers using them in the streets of Toronto. With warm socks, it might do the trick for you.The brand sold here are made by a company called Serratus.
Just a thought.
AddendumBrian C.
Oct 30, 2001 12:14 PM

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check this post from the infamous cold weather riding MB1...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 30, 2001 12:24 PM
MB1 "Booties" 10/3/01 7:38am

personally i use ziploc baggies and neoprene booties, but would love to try some shoes actually made for crappy weather.

considering doing the iditasport? you'll need to figure a way to get cleats on the bottoms of your snowshoes.
I use Lake winter cycling boots for below freezing.MB1
Oct 30, 2001 2:30 PM
Otherwise my regular shoes with Smartwool sicks are fine. The Sidi winter shoes look nice too. The winter shoes work well in rain, just keep them treated per the manufacturers instructions.

1 caution-winter shoes are heavier than regular cycling shoes.
Wait! How did I become infamous??? nmMB1
Oct 30, 2001 2:32 PM
kilt. duh. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 30, 2001 2:38 PM
At least I don't quit drinking beer in the winter! nmMB1
Oct 30, 2001 3:20 PM
re: A size bigger in any brand.dzrider
Oct 30, 2001 1:37 PM
Don't know about winter specific shoes, but a size bigger is a good idea to allow room for heavier sox without constricting circulation.
are you kidding me?digger
Oct 30, 2001 1:40 PM
winter shoes for fresno, ca?
Northwave winter road shoes on WCP websiteSpokeman
Oct 30, 2001 2:00 PM
Yo Doug,

Northwave has a new winter road shoe. World Cycling Productions has them and Trialter has a blurb about them on their site. Price is right too, $120.00

I know where you are coming from living in the valley. I spent many a winter freezing my butt off in Visalia riding in the wet fog. It sucks.

If you get them, give us a report as I am interested in a pair as well.

Northwave winter road shoes on WCP websitecippo
Oct 31, 2001 5:25 AM
Hey Spokeman,

Saw the ad from WCP this weekend and decided to purchase a pair. Will give them a try this coming weekend against
Chicago weather.........Hopefully they will help in curing the dreaded "frostbite" effect one experiences after just a short time
in the saddle on "shitty" days.........Keeping fingers crossed..........
that might do it; thanks allDog
Oct 31, 2001 6:37 AM
looks like just what the doctor ordered
Oct 30, 2001 2:05 PM
I think you're taking the wrong approach. In addition to needing a new pair of shoes, how are you going to find one pair that will handle whatever temperature/humidity/wind/rain/snow combo you're looking for? You won't. If you found something right for the very cold temperatures you'll never even see where you live (they'd look, feel and weigh like bear's feet), it probably would be too suffocating when it's a tad warmer. Just like layering your torso and putting a windbreaker over it has more options and is better than one large bulky and very warm jacket, so too with shoes. You can try baggies, front covers, thermal socks, neoprene booties, a shoe a size larger so as to fit in a few pairs of socks, etc., and use the appropriate layers depending on conditions. No real way around this. It's not that big a deal putting on overshoes, it's just that you don't feel like you're gonna fly wearing them, which you're not anyway cause of the cold.

If there's something for us who have "real" winters (unlike you :-)) to complain about, it's that most of the junk in the catalogs supposedly meant for cold weather are not effective for temps under 40.
ultimate cold weather solutions--work back from hereLuis
Oct 30, 2001 3:05 PM
Here's the site with as much distilled wisdom about cold weather biking as I can find.

The link deals specifically with shoes.

I've tried some of the gear and techniques they advise with good results.
re: Any cycling shoes specifically for cold, wet weather?grzy
Oct 30, 2001 4:11 PM
Cali can make one soft - I just go with poly pro socks and maybe tights. Get a huge kick out of all the girly-men and their foo-foo shoe covers, but that's just the New Englander in me. Ultimately if your hands and feet are cold then you need to put on a hat.
I get a kick out of girly New Englanders that live in Santa CruzAlex-in-Evanston
Oct 31, 2001 7:35 AM
Foo foo shoe covers? You must be talking about those time trial wind cheaters. Neoprene booties are heaven sent, I can't imagine winter without them.

How long have you been in Cali anyway?

Apparently not long, as he still calls it "Cali".touristo
Oct 31, 2001 8:10 AM
The locals never say that, and I wouldnt call Fresno a place with nice weather.

Summer: 100+ degrees.

Winter: 35 degrees.

Yep, Dog's a valley boy.

If youre on the coast by GRZY its much much nicer.
Whadda you call it?grzy
Oct 31, 2001 10:04 AM
SoCal and NorCal are more typical slang. San Francisco is San Fran, never "Frisco" sometimes SF, but that's so close to SFO, the airport. Los Angeles is always "Smell A" in my book. The wife is a 4th generation native (born in Fresno) - I'm just a 10+ year transplant, but we've seen more of the state than most natives.
Whadda you call it?bikedodger
Oct 31, 2001 10:12 AM
When I lived in San Diego, Las Angeles was called "HellA".

Whadda you call it?dsc
Oct 31, 2001 11:07 AM
Still do :)

The BIG valleySpokeman
Oct 31, 2001 11:29 AM
When I first moved to west LA (La La Land) from Visalia I would tell people I was from "the valley." They all thought I meant the San Fernando Valley (Like, the Galleria ya know). I would tell them, "no, the BIG valley, like the Barkley Ranch." Most never got it.

If you never lived in the Big valley in wintertime you don't realize that it gets pretty darn cold. The fog sets in around November and leaves around Feb :) Not bone-chilling Michigan cold but a lot colder than where I live now, San Jose.
The BIG valleyDog
Oct 31, 2001 11:36 AM
Yup, had fog this morning after yesterday's rain.

Strangely, in winter it's often warmer in the foothills, between 1,000 and 4,000 feet, than down in the fog. Stays sunny there and warms up quickly. Above that, you get snow.

Yes, we are wimps here, but we do ride all winter long. So nah nah nah!

Doug :-)
I get a kick out of girly New Englanders that live in Santa Cruzgrzy
Oct 31, 2001 9:57 AM
Off and on (mostly on now that we own a house) for over ten years since 1986. Three years in Sandy Eggo with the Navy flying aero machines, but the last seven plus in the Bay Area doing the high tech thang.

Out where you live you actually have winter on a daily basis. Out here winter means that we get some rain an temps dip to below freezing over night - but then things warm into the 50's during the day. Everyone then complains about how cold it is. Skiers and people from the Rust Belt just laugh. Yeah we have snow, but we keep it in the mountains and it's totally optional. Once in a great while we get a dusting over night in the Bay Area, but there's never a run on snow shovels at the hardware stores. Personally, I spend as much time as possible in Tahoe when the storms hit where the locals call term snow as "crowd repelant" and it's measured in feet, not inches. Ice is anytime you can hear your skis.