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Warm, waterproof bootie.(9 posts)

Warm, waterproof bootie.Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 28, 2001 7:30 AM
Waterproof is the kicker. I was on the mountain bike last week before we froze over, and my feet were soaked to the bone from splashing through puddles. I was wearing gore-tex socks under my shoes, but they were only a barrier for the first half hour or so.

So - Pearl AmFibs? Typhoons? I've had a suitable pair of neoprene Trek booties for years, but they are not waterproof. I would also like to hear if somebody had ridden in very snowy conditions, and if they had been able to walk without snow or water getting in cleat opening.

Any help is appreciated.

Alex
Something to considerBrian C.
Dec 28, 2001 9:36 AM
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_listing.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=242647
re: Warm, waterproof bootie.gtx
Dec 28, 2001 10:52 AM
I ride in the rain a lot and have yet to hear of booties that are completely water proof. I haven't heard the greatest things about the Pearls, and they're kinda spendy. Licktons has a good selection. I use the Sidetraks with mtb shoes and they keep my feet pretty dry for the first hour or so.

http://www.lickbike.com/t0023300.htm
IMHOcoonass
Dec 28, 2001 11:07 AM
I'm not sure that you're going to keep snow or water from entering the shoe via the cleat opening; of course, you could try to seal the opening from the inside of the shoe, but I still doubt the desired result. Have you considered resorting to pedals with toe-clips ?? your use of Gore-tex sock, Smartwool sock and bootie should keep the feet dry...This may be the best answer for waterproofing your shoes during the snow riding.
re: Warm, waterproof bootie.riding in comfort
Dec 28, 2001 11:58 AM
You need to get waterproof booties that DO NOT have a precut cleat hole. Cut the hole just smaller than the cleat mounting area NOT the full cleat! That way the bootie has to stretch tight around the cleat for a better seal. Don't cut a hole for your heel!

spray all seams with waterproofing spray
buy some SealSkin waterproof socks and this combo should keep your feet dry for a couple hours.

All those booties with any kind of opening in the bottom will soak your feet within an hour because most of the water comes through the bottom not the top of the shoe.
I like big booty myself (nm)Sir Mix A Lot
Dec 28, 2001 12:50 PM
Seriously, who makes a BIG bootie?Rich Clark
Dec 28, 2001 2:24 PM
I ordered the Hind XL (biggest size) booties that Performance had on sale recently, and they were ludicrously too small to fit over my Specialized Rockhopper Pro MTB shoes, size 44. Not even close.

So who makes a "size huge" bootie?

RichC
Seriously, who makes a BIG bootie?bootie
Dec 28, 2001 3:45 PM
Maybe you got a bootie that Hind makes for road shoes only?
Try going to your favorite local shop and try some on. Buy from them instead of throwing your time and money away with non-Performance.
In cycling, "Big" means 170 pounds w/size 11 feet.cory
Dec 28, 2001 5:15 PM
It's only been the last several years that you could find ANY cycling shoes bigger than size 12. Calling a 44 "extra large" is ridiculous, but it's common. Bicycling magazine once did a guide to "big" bike gear that included ONE pair of shoes larger than a U.S. 11, and that was a 12 that ran small.
In cool-to-cold weather, I just stuff a pair of wool socks inside my size 50 MB shoes (two pairs won't fit). If I'm still cold, I go to the toe clips and winter boots.