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winter booties: what to get ?(6 posts)

winter booties: what to get ?Gall
Sep 28, 2002 5:06 PM
hello,

what type of booties provide that best protection and warmth: the neoprene or the ones with like the windstopper found in the cannondale style?

thanks
insulate next to your feet, not over your shoesDanoK
Sep 28, 2002 9:13 PM
Personnally, I don't think booties of any kind work worth a darn. For insulation to work, it needs to fairly close to your skin. That is especially true of neoprene....neoprene needs to be on your skin. The only thing I ever get out of booties is sweaty feet as the day warms up. When its really cold, my feet aren't warm...then the day's temperature starts to warm up and my feet get sweaty.

Two better solutions:

1) Find a pair of Sidi Winter cycling boots. Insulated over-the-ankle leather cycling boots without the mesh ventilation of normal cycling shoes. I bought mine at www.xpedia.co.uk for about $200. Well worth it.

2) Buy a pair of shoes one size too large for you. Get polar-fleece socks from Performance and maybe seal them up with Goretex or Windstopper socks when it gets really cold.

Took me a while to learn that booties just don't do it for me.
re: winter booties: what to get ?trekster
Sep 29, 2002 4:25 AM
I agree with Danok. I have a pair of Typhoon booties and found out they don't keep my feet very warm. They are also a huge pain in the ass to get on and off. I got the biggest pair they make and think they might be a bit small for my shoes.Doesn't matter though because I don't use them any more. I also opted for the Sidi storms. I got them at universalcycles.com last year for $185 delivered. I called them at 1-800-936-5156 and asked for their best deal.I got mine a size bigger for thicker socks also.
re: winter booties: what to get ?pina
Sep 29, 2002 10:36 AM
Consider buying some windstopper socks and wear booties over the shoes and socks if the weather is real bad. You can get some windstoper socks from Assos or Etxeondo. If you are not sure were to get some let me know.
Gortex hunting soxaptr
Sep 29, 2002 11:42 AM
I got some gortex sox in the hunting department of a local sports store for about $10. They're great, waterproof and windproof, and very thin so you can wear regular biking sox, then these gortex sox, and your regular shoes. I wear mine road and mountain biking. They've worked great for 2 years now. Hope this helps.
My experiences ....pmf1
Sep 30, 2002 6:04 AM
Its pretty hard to keep your feet warm during long winter bike rides. After about 2 hours, your feet are going to get cold. I tried Gore-Tex socks and they did not work well. I have had luck with neoprene booties and the little wrap around things Performance sells for cool weather.

As far as neoprene booties go, get some cheap ones at Performance. They are just as good as the more expensive PYI or Pearl Izumi. Don't wear heavy socks. If your cram your foot into a shoe with a heavy sock, circulation will drop and your foot will actually get colder sooner. This might sound funny, but warming your shoes up in a warm (170 degree) oven for 10 minutes before you put them on helps. For long rides, I use chemical toe warmers as well. You can get these at outdoor stores for about $1/pair. They really do work. One pair lasts 5-6 hours. They stick to your sock and react with oxygen to warm your toes. Having even a small warm item in your shoe makes a difference. Obviously, its not worth wearing them for an hour commute, but on a long weekend ride, its a dollar well spent. Nothing worse than having two frozen bricks for feet.

Most importantly, make sure you keep your head warm. A balaclava is the best money spent on winter riding gear. You can lose up to 40% of your body heat from your head.